WPHF Staff: Inspiring Healthy Communities

Lisa biking groupLisa Portelli Speaks to National Town Builders Association

Lisa Portelli, Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) Program Director, was invited to speak during the National Town Builders Association’s Spring Roundtable event focused on “The Role of the New Urban Developer in Promoting Health, Wellness and Housing Across the Generations” in Winter Garden, Florida in May. The NTBA members are committed to successful development of smart growth neighborhoods that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. The group asked Ms. Portelli to discuss the health impact of well-designed communities. John Rinehart, a member of the WPHF Community Health Work Group, chaired this event and led the group on a bike tour of the Oakland Park subdivision in Winter Garden. For more information, visit www.ntba.net.

Diana Silvey Helps Plan UCF Symposium on Memory Loss and Caregiving

Diana Silvey, Winter Park Health Foundation Program Director for older adults, is a member of the committee planning this year’s symposium on memory loss and caregiving at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The event, set for October 2, will include nationally known artists engaged in wellness programming for memory-impaired seniors. There also will be an unveiling of specific creative activities that are being piloted in Central Florida so caregivers can connect in a meaningful way with their loved ones at home. Dr. Marc E. Agronin, board-certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist and the Medical Director for Mental Health and Clinical Research at the Miami Jewish Health Systems (MJHS), will be a featured speaker. Stay tuned for more information.