Local leaders representing various sectors of the community have been selected to guide efforts to improve the health of Winter Park through the ACHIEVE program. ACHIEVE stands for Action Communities for Health, Innovation and Environmental Change and is an initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthy Communities Program.
The Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) earlier this year was invited to participate in national training for the ACHIEVE program, and since then has been recruiting other key local leaders.
Those selected attended a training program, the ACHIEVE ACTION Institute, June 21-24 in Tampa along with leadership from dozens of other ACHIEVE communities from across the country. Debbie Watson, WPHF Vice President; Lisa Portelli, WPHF Program Director-Community Health Policy; and Diana Silvey, WPHF Program Director-Older Adults serve as ACHIEVE coaches.
At the June 21-24 institute, participants heard from national experts and representatives of other ACHIEVE communities to learn about best strategies and practices when it comes to enhancing the health of the community.
Participants also had time to identify priorities and begin planning how they would like to change the community to be more supportive of health, according to Ms. Watson.
For more information, go to www.achievecommunities.org
Team Winter Park—
Local ACHIEVE leaders and participants in the ACTION Institute, and the sectors they represent, included:
Joie Cadle—Chairman and member of the Orange County School Board (Education)
Ken Bradley—Mayor of Winter Park and CEO of Winter Park Memorial Hospital (City government and health care)
Betsy McKeeby—Parish Nurse, First Methodist Church of Winter Park (Faith community)
Patrick Chapin—Executive Director of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce (Business)
Susan Caswell—Orange County Planning Department (County government/built environment)
John Cardone—District Vice President, Central Florida YMCA (Community-based organizations)
Marian Chase—UCF College of Nursing (Academia)
Dwaine Stevens—Media and Community Relations Manager, PUBLIX- (Business/grocery)
David Overfield—Environmental Health Director , Orange County Health Department- (Public health)