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December 2008 - Volume 5 - Issue 6

Helping Older Adults Stay Healthy and Independent is the Goal of Health Foundation of South Floridaís $7.5 Million Initiative

Helping thousands of South Floridaís older adults to stay healthy and independent is the goal of the Healthy Aging Initiative recently launched by Health Foundation of South Florida. The Foundation is allocating an unprecedented $7. 5 million over five years to community partners for the adoption of programs designed to improve health and enhance the quality of life for older adults in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. To guide and coordinate the delivery of the programs, the Foundation brings local, state and national leaders together creating the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative of South Florida.

A total of 18 nonprofit organizations received awards ranging from $30,000 to more than $200,000 for evidence-based prevention programs in the areas of chronic disease self-management, fall prevention, physical activity and depression. The awards, which total more than $1.3 million, were made during the first grant cycle of Health Foundationís Healthy Aging Initiative.

"Prevention is a key component of our strategy for helping older adults to remain healthy and independent," said Health Foundation Chairwoman Susan Kelley. She added, "We are proud to partner with grantees that are positioned to ensure that effective prevention programs are available to older adults."

(l-r) Health Foundation of South Florida President & CEO Steven Marcus; Senator Nan Rich; Monroe County Commissioner Silvia Murphy; Health Foundation Chairwoman Susan Kelley; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez; Broward County Mayor Lois Wexler; U.S. Assistant Secretary on Aging Josefina Carbonell and Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Douglas Beach.

In Miami-Dade County, grants were awarded to 16 lead agencies: Alliance for Aging: $59,985 for reducing the impact of diabetes in older adults; Baptist Health South Florida:$62,286, Community Health Senior Enhanced Fitness program; Citrus Health Network $129,065, Club de la Salud; Community Health of South Florida:$50,863, Healthy Aging and Healthy Ideas Initiative; Jessie Trice Community Health Centers: $66,640, Enhanced Fitness program; Jewish Community Services: $69,000, Enhanced Fitness program and the Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers: $73,000, Matter of Balance/ Un Asunto de Equilibrio program.

In addition, Miami Beach Community Health Center:$60,000, Chronic Disease Self Management program; Miami-Dade County Department of Human Services: $73,000, County Healthy Aging program; Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged: $62,987, Healthy IDEAS; Open Door Health Center: $60,000, Enhanced Fitness program; South Florida Veteranís Foundation: $80,000, Enhanced Fitness program benefiting older veterans. Southwest Social Services: $35,000, for Mas Vale Prevenir; Town of Miami Lakes: $30,000, senior wellness program; UNIDAD of Miami Beach: $32,403 for Healthy Aging Initiative and United Home Care Services: $83,110 for a Healthy IDEAS program integrating a case management approach to depression management among older adults at risk of nursing home placement.

In Broward County, a $204,186 grant was awarded to the Areawide Council on Aging of Broward County for the Healthy Aging Initiative. In Monroe County, $120,200 was awarded to the Florida Keys Area Health Education Center for the keys to healthy aging program.

These lead agencies represent over 78 community partners and will reach over 6,000 older adults in South Florida during year one of the Healthy Aging Initiative.

Health Foundation of South Florida strengthens the region to be a beacon of innovative and effective multicultural approaches to health promotion and health care. As a grant making foundation, its mission is to improve health outcomes and quality community based programs for underserved individuals in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties by focusing on various initiatives and programs including healthy aging and healthy lifestyles, preventive measures and primary care. Since 1993, the Foundation awarded more than $78 million in grants and direct program support.

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