Assessments & Studies

Community Health Assessments


In 1999, the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) began searching for data to identify pressing health issues and help guide its work. Unable to find timely information that reflected the local community, WPHF decided to commission Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC) to conduct the community’s first comprehensive health assessment.

The foundation, in partnership with Florida Hospital, provided financial support for this and two subsequent assessments in 2004 and 2009, enabling community leaders and policy-makers to spot significant changes in community health risks, disease incidence rates and gaps in services. Resultant information has fueled strategic health planning and has aided local health stakeholders in grant applications.

WPHF worked with the Health Council of East Central Florida in 2004 and 2009 to facilitate the assessments. PRC conducted surveys for all three assessments.

A new assessment is planned for 2014.

If you would like assistance in analyzing and interpreting specific information in the 2009 Community Health Assessment, please contact the Health Council of East Central Florida at 407-977-1610

2009 East Central Florida Community Health Assessment  Executive Summary

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2004 East Central Florida Community Health Assessment
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1999 Tri-County Community Health Assessment

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Access to Health Care


Florida Health Insurance Survey

The Florida Health Insurance Survey is designed to provide an estimate of how many Floridians lack health insurance. The results offer a snapshot of what was happening statewide in 2004, as well as what was happening in various parts of the state and for key demographic groups. Funding for the statewide project came from the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through a grant to the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA). The Winter Park Health Foundation provided funds to over-sample residents in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. The Health Council of East Central Florida partnered with the Foundation, and a Brevard County expansion was included. The county-by-county results are in the documents below.

Highlights from The 2004 Florida Health Insurance Study
Orange County Augmentation

Highlights from The 2004 Florida Health Insurance Study 
Osceola County Augmentation

Highlights from The 2004 Florida Health Insurance Study 
Seminole County Augmentation

Florida Medicaid Education Collaborative Statewide Survey

This survey was commissioned by the Florida Medicaid Education Collaborative and focused on issues such as voter concern about cost and accessibility of health care and insurance coverage; levels of support available for low-income and needy disabled, the elderly, children and working families without health care coverage; levels of concern about the cost of Medicaid to the state of Florida, and the roles of federal, state and local governments. The Collaborative includes the Winter Park Health Foundation, the Quantum Foundation, the Center for Medicaid and the Uninsured at the University of Florida and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.   Collaborative members are dedicated to conducting research and providing information to key stakeholders for their use in making informed health care policy decisions. Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. conducted the survey. Download PDF

Children & Youth


2006 Child & Adolescent Health Survey
East Central Florida
Executive Summary

Surveys tell us a lot about what is happening to the health of East Central Florida adults, but there is much less available when it comes to children. That is why the Winter Park Health Foundation, Florida Hospital and the Health Council of East Central Florida sponsored the 2006 Child & Adolescent Health Survey.

The survey included interviews with 1,800 parents or guardians of children and adolescents aged 0 through 19 in Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. It also included interviews with 263 randomly selected adolescents.

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Developmental Assets: A Profile of Our Youth

In 1998, the Winter Park Health Foundation supported the administration of the survey, “Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors” at Winter Park High School. More than 2,000 students were surveyed to see how many of the 40 development assets they possessed, and the results were published in “Developmental Assets: A Profile of Our Youth.” Download PDF

40 Developmental Assets

The 40 developmental assets, established by the Search Institute, are concrete, positive experiences and qualities essential to raising successful young people. According to the Search Institute, possession of the assets can influence the choices adolescents make, and can help them grow into caring and responsible adults. Click here to view the 40 Assets.

Older Adults


Advantage Report CoverAdvantAge Initiative: Report to the Community

How well are older adults faring in Orange County? “The AdvantAge Initiative: Report to the Community” provides a data snapshot to help Orange County understand what its older citizens were thinking in 2002 and 2003 about where they live, what they have to offer and what they would like to help them remain vital, independent and contributing community members.

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Meaningful Service Report CoverMeaningful Service & Employment

The Winter Park Health Foundation commissioned a study examining the barriers to and opportunities for meaningful service and employment of older adults in Orange County. The 2004 study points out that filling jobs and volunteer spots with seniors benefits the community, as well as the older adults.

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Transportation Report CoverTransportation

Seniors want to preserve their independence as long as possible and mobility is a key to that freedom. Lack of mobility can lead to social isolation and depression. Few seniors who stop driving convert to use of public transportation, so alternatives are needed.

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