National Public Health Week: Deanna McDonald, Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida

3535. NPHW webIn honor of National Public Health Week, please join us in celebrating all of our wonderful partners who work every day to improve our communities! The theme of NPHW this year is to become the Healthiest Nation in One Generation — by year 2030. 

Deanna McDonald is CEO of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida and a member of the Coalition. She shares in this guest post the role her organization plays in building a healthy community in Northeast Florida!

Although National Public Health Week is April 4th-11th, the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida promotes public health 365 days a year. Our collaborative culture and widespread pursuit of partnerships is a vital piece to increasing positive public health outcomes.

CHW Conference Deanna Presenting 9.2015...croppedOur Council has been the champion of healthy communities and lifestyles and accessible, quality health and wellness throughout Northeast Florida for more than 40 years. As a private, legislatively-mandated planning organization, we dedicate resources and expertise to regional health utilization data and information; manage health and the social determinants of health indicators for the region; and provide health and strategic planning and research. We serve seven counties;  Duval, Baker, Nassau, Clay, Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia.  Some of our services include community health needs assessments and action planning; health impact assessments; and healthcare utilization studies.  Some of our programs are the Affordable Care Act Navigator Program and Ryan White Program Administration.  Because of our mission, we partner with many non-profit agencies throughout the Northeast Florida region to serve our community in regards to health and well-being.

HPCNEF_LogoOur past and continued partnership with the Healthy Start Coalition is one such example. Currently, we work with many coalition members such as the Magnolia Project to assist the uninsured population obtain health coverage, increase health literacy and promote overall wellness practices. This is just one of many positive collaborations throughout our seven-county region that contributed to over 100,000 healthcare enrollments in Duval County alone.

Finally, National Public Health Week is a great opportunity to review best practices and build upon our existing partnerships so we may stand together and collectively advocate for positive public health outcomes all year long. Join us!