WPHF Staff Update

IHI graphicDiana Silvey, Winter Park Health Foundation Program Director for Older Adults, recently presented at two national events.

On January 15, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on WIHI, she participated in a national broadcast, End-of-Life Care and How Communities Can Become “Conversation Ready.” WIHI is a free broadcast hosted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)I

The speakers will talk about what their communities are doing to create opportunities for people of all ages to express end-of-life care preferences and make sure they are heard and understood. For more information on the free audio session, click here.

Ms. Silvey also was a featured speaker at the National Falls Prevention Conference from January 22-23 in Ft. Lauderdale.  She spoke at 3:20 p.m. on January 23 on “How a Private Health Foundation is Reaching Out to Older Adults for Falls Prevention Support.” For more information on the conference, click here.

Lisa Portelli Joins Central Florida Transportation Task Force

Lisa Portelli, Winter Park Health Foundation Program Director for Community Health, has been asked to serve as a member of the Central Florida Transportation Task Force, a regional group focused on seeking a community consensus on regional transportation priorities and working with others to provide the support necessary and funding required for critically important projects now ready to move forward across the Central Florida.

The group was created by the Central Florida Partnership and its president, Jacob V. Stuart. It has 55 members.

Ms. Portelli’s role is to help keep watch over the impact of transportation decisions on the health of the community.

Over 130,000 children ride the bus to school every day in Orange County according to Orange County Public Schools records, said Lisa Portelli.  “Sadly, most of those students do not have the choice to walk or bike to school because health impacts were not considered when transportation planning decisions were made in the past. Six- to eight-lane roads across Central Florida are impassable for pedestrians, especially children.”

The work of the Central Florida Transportation Task Force will build on the Final Report published earlier this year by the “Expert Committee” on Regional Transportation and adopted by the Central Florida Partnership Board of Directors.

The group will meet for two years with a final report expected in 2016.