Health Pillar Status Update





FRPA will engage, align and collaborate with State Health and Agriculture, Universities, Health Care Agencies and Design excellence Partners. 

FRPA Agency Members and the Executive Office have made many contacts with organizations around the state to help develop a Health Pledge for agencies to commit to. The Florida Department of Health and Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services were presented signatures from over 60 agencies that have committed to the State of Health and Wellness Pledge. As of July 2019, 89 agencies have signed the Health Pledge. 

Provide learning opportunities to inform and influence internal and external audiences to advance community health.

Workshops that focus on healthy programming for all ages have been held in 4 locations around the state. Education sessions at State Conference, as well as a specified iLab presentation in 2016 were dedicated to the Health pillar.
The FRPA Foundation granted $25,000 for FRPA to use to implement Fit2Play, a program licensed by Miami-Dade Parks Foundation, in 6 agencies in 2017/18. Thanks to this grant, the program was offered in Boynton Beach, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Greenacres, Hallandale Beach, Largo, and Wilton Manors. In the 2019/20 school year, afterschool sites in Central Florida will be implementing a similar measurement-based program and tracking results and outcomes along with implementsing physical activity and nitrition education standards.

Advance State and Federal legislation and public policy that supports community health.

Parts of the State of Health and Wellness Pledge support policies to be in place in cities and counties.

Adopt best practices and sustainable models and expand funding opportunities for community health objectives.

The State of Health Pledge was distributed for review and signature by agencies around the state.  Around 35% of agencies have committed, with an estimated impact to over 13 million Floridians. This Pledge includes practices for agencies to implement and the ability to track improvement. The State of Health and Wellness Pledge information can be found here.

The introduction of a measurable physical activity and nutrition education afterschool program to agencies is intended to act as a model for health and wellness in childcare, with the ability to report on for future grant/fund requests.

The best practice items collected so far are available on the website.

Lead: Charla Lucas (interim)