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 made contacts with organizations around the state to help develop a Health Pledge for agencies to commit to. 89 agencies have signed the Health Pledge. The Health Pledge has been re-formatted to serve as a standards document for agencies to take up and utilize. 
The workgroup is currently identifying agencies that worked with health department officials and Department of Agriculture during COVID-19 for feeding/testing so that we can create some messaging around this that can be used for advocacy purposes, and so we can identify future partnerships with those agencies that might result from this interaction.

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 locations around the state and at the Annual Conference for multiple years.  
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 and in the 2019/20 school year, afterschool sites in Central Florida conducted a similar measurement-based program until the onset of COVID-19.

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

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

Workgroup is exploring the convening of a Post Pandemic Placemaking Summit  (similar to our health summit that we did a few years ago) with the intent of bringing together those in the planning, design and health areas to discuss post COVID how should spaces be designed for the next pandemic – allowing for physical distancing, low touch, etc.

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

Workgroup is currently exploring what would be required for certain parks and recreation agencies to qualify so that participants can be eligible for insurance reimbursements through health insurance.

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: Michael Jones