The seed for Florida Health Networks was planted in 2008. That is the year Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF)<http://www.hfsf.org/> launched a healthy aging initiative, known as the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, to address the need for evidence-based health and wellness programming for older adults. The goal was to enable older adults to participate in cost-effective, evidence-based health and wellness programs and benefit from improved health, well-being and independence. Over six years, 7.5 million dollars later, that goal became an outstanding success. More than 40,000 older adults in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties learned to age strong and the Collaborative was recognized on a local, state and national level.
Building a collaborative and developing a learning and innovation network resulted in a unified force of skilled, community-based partners. Under the banner of the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, senior services agencies, community based health centers, health plans, parks and recreational facilities, senior housing providers, universities, Veterans Affairs, nursing homes and home health agencies offered evidence-based programs that address the top threats to healthy aging: sedentary lifestyle, chronic-illness (including diabetes and arthritis) injuries from falls and depression.
The skilled agencies’s commitment to offering the evidence-base programs and improving the lives of older adults in South Florida lives on through Florida Health Networks, LLC. Formed in 2014, Florida Health Networks is uniquely able to build upon the success of Health Foundation of South Florida’s healthy aging initiative in providing eveidence-based services to older adults. With Florida’s rapidly growing older adult population, it’s good to have a proven Network of healthy aging programs to plug into.