Health Foundation of South Florida Commits $1.5 million to address COVID-19 disparities in some of Miami-Dade and Broward’s most vulnerable communities.
The Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF) today announced it will provide $1.5 million in funding to local nonprofits to address COVID-19 racial and ethnic disparities by increasing outreach, education and access to diagnostic testing in some of the region’s most vulnerable communities.
Along with the rest of the world, we have watched in horror and anguish the appalling images of George Floyd being murdered while pinned under a Minneapolis police officer’s knee. It is senseless, heartbreaking, criminal—and maddeningly familiar. His death, along with those of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others, has rightly unleashed a wave of outrage and worry across our community and our country.
We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. Like many in our community and around the country, the Health Foundation of South Florida has been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. Now, as our region braces to confront this global pandemic, we wanted to take a moment to share some insight we believe is particularly important at such a challenging time.
Health Foundation of South Florida announced that J. Everett Wilson Esq., a shareholder at AmLaw 100 firm Polsinelli, has been elected Chairman of its Board of Directors. The Board leads South Florida’s largest health philanthropy dedicated to achieving a culture of health in the region. Mr. Wilson has served on the Board since 2015.
This is the time of year to reflect on our blessings and think about the struggles of those who are less fortunate. As housing costs in Miami-Dade continue to skyrocket, too many around us are unable to find quality, affordable housing. It’s a challenge that exposes them to health hazards and limits their ability to meet other basic needs, including access to healthcare. While most of us can imagine the immediate trauma of not having a place to call home, it can be harder to grasp the long-term consequences of homelessness and housing instability on people’s lives.
This past year has been a time of commemoration for Health Foundation of South Florida; our 25th anniversary of being an investor and catalyst for collaborations, policy and systems change that improves the health of South Florida communities, with a focus on vulnerable, low to moderate-income populations. It has also been a period of great progress and planning. Knowing that yesterday’s logic may not be enough to impact today’s community needs, Health Foundation focused on a new vision of how we will work to build a stronger, more resilient region.
Health Foundation of South Florida, the largest philanthropy dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, has named Natalie K. Castellanos, JD as Director, Policy and Public Affairs. In this new position, she will work closely with Health Foundation’s Vice President of Operations and Strategy Dr. Janisse Schoepp in various capacities including advancing an advocacy agenda as well as informing and engaging with community stakeholders on key policy issues impacting the health of vulnerable, low- to moderate-income South Floridians.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) 60-day comment period on the proposed immigration rule “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” to expand the range of health-related programs that can be designated “public charge” ends next Monday, December 10, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. As the proposed policy change is inconsistent with the values of Health Foundation of South Florida, we have been working with community partners to ensure voices are heard in opposition to the proposed rule.
Have you ever wondered how many of your neighbors vote? This map, developed by Health Foundation of South Florida, shows how many of your neighbors cast a ballot in the last midterm election. With only days left until Election Day, and with early voting already in effect, it’s anticipated be one of the highest turnouts for a midterm election – especially among young voters. In the last midterm election in 2014, Miami-Dade County had about 1.4 million registered voters, but only an average of 41% of those voters actually exercised their voting rights.
The City of Miami Garden’s Live Healthy Miami Gardens (LHMG) Initiative, has been awarded a grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Health Promotion Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. The grant provides funding to improve health, prevent chronic diseases and reduce health disparities in Miami Gardens.
Several Miami-Dade County commissioners and immigration advocates protested Monday the Trump administration's proposed policy change that would deny green cards to welfare recipients. "This new rule is forcing legal immigrants to make an impossible choice between following the process to permanent residency and providing for their families," said Commissioner Eileen Higgins, whose district includes Little Havana, during a press conference.
Innovation in Miami: Dr. Janisse Schoepp on Health Foundation’s work in creating a culture of health
Health Foundation’s Vice President of Operations and Strategy Dr. Janisse Schoepp was featured in an Innovation City by SLAM Media podcast recently. Take a listen as she explains what it takes to build healthy communities and the role Health Foundation has in helping to make this happen.