This press release published at the request of the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County.
The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County (DOH-Alachua) is pleased to announce its participation in the Florida Age-Friendly Public Health Collaborative and Action Network, facilitated by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) with generous funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation. DOH-Alachua and TFAH aim to identify and enhance the role of public health in improving the health and well-being of the older adults in our community.
“We are excited about this opportunity for public health and aging services to work collectively on healthy aging initiatives,” stated DOH-Alachua Administrator Paul Myers.
In October 2017, TFAH brought together 30 experts in public health, aging, research, and policy in Florida to explore how public health could contribute to the health and well-being of older adults. Convening participants developed a Framework for Creating an Age-Friendly Public Health System to advance public health’s role in addressing the challenges and opportunities of an aging society at the local, state and national levels.
Through the Florida Age-Friendly Public Health Network, the department will be working with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and community partners to identify priority health issues among our older adults. DOH-Alachua will receive tools, training resources, and technical assistance based on our unique needs. TFAH will be sharing the results of this initiative with public health stakeholders and policymakers across the country. This collaborative effort will help Florida meet the unique public health needs of older adults.
For more information, contact Kourtney Oliver at 352-334-8889 or Kourtney.Oliver@flheath.gov.