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Health Foundation of South Florida invests in programs for healthy communities

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Traditional healthcare policy long has emphasized the role of physicians, hospitals and other clinical providers in ensuring good public health.

Now a South Florida nonprofit is making a multimillion-dollar investment in Little Havana and Miami Gardens that may improve the health of residents through non-clinical factors, such as personal behavior and social and economic opportunities.

“Health occurs literally every place you walk and sit in your day,’’ said Steven Marcus, president of the Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit that funds public health initiatives in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

In December, the Health Foundation announced awards of as much as $7.5 million over the next six years for the city of Miami Gardens and for the Little Havana neighborhood to identify and support programs that engage residents in their own healthcare, such as nutrition and exercise, and that build partnerships with physicians and clinics that emphasize preventive care.

The program, called the Healthy Community Partnerships Initiative, will be unlike any other in the Health Foundation’s 20-year history, said Loreen Chant, vice chair of the board and president of Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami campus. Read more.




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