PHILANTHROPY SPOTLIGHT: Health First Gives Back $171 Million in Fiscal Year 2018
By Space Coast Daily // May 11, 2019
Health First collaborates with several local nonprofit organizations
Programs Deliver Wellness and Health Care to Residents – from Children to Our Most At-Risk Citizens
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Caring for Brevard has been a longstanding Health First commitment – and that care stretches beyond the doors of the community healthcare system’s various facilities and services.
Providing benefits that improve the wellness and health of our neighbors is at the heart of what Health First does – demonstrated on a daily basis through the various programs the Integrated Delivery Network (IDN) supports.
In fiscal year 2018 alone, the not-for-profit organization provided more than $171 million in community support, which includes charity and uncompensated care.
These programs involve a wide range of community partners to improve community health and increase access to services.
With more than 9,000 associates dedicated to serving Space Coast residents, Health First is committed to being an economic and social anchor, providing healing, health and hope for our family, friends and neighbors – in addition to offering a safety net for Brevard’s most vulnerable citizens.
Health First collaborates with several local nonprofit organizations to provide outreach programs to community members in need, such as:
• Mayors’ Fitness Challenge: Health First has supported this since its inception three years ago. Represented by mayors from municipalities across the Space Coast, residents form teams and commit to adopting a healthier lifestyle and increasing their physical activity, including an eight-week challenge for the “Most Fit City” and “Great Weight-Off” for individual participants.
• Space Coast Crew: Health First partners with the competitive rowing program for local middle and high school students. The organization engages youth in vigorous physical activity and embodies sportsmanship and ethics through respect and responsibility.
• Who We Play For: Since 2016, Health First has partnered with this organization, which provides affordable, potentially lifesaving cardiac screenings for student-athletes, helping to identify those who are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest. About 2% of those screened are flagged for follow-up or further review.
• Free “Save a Life Day”: On June 15, 2019, Health First will hold its 11th annual free “Save a Life Day” at Viera High School. The event will include a 5K Run/Walk and participants will receive “Family & Friends CPR” training, Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and “Stop the Bleed” training, provided by the Health First Training Center.
• “Stop the Bleed” training: Part of a nationwide campaign, this free training helps to empower law enforcement, emergency responders and Brevard residents with the knowledge of bleeding-control basic techniques using tourniquets and pressure.
• “Family Be Fit” program: To help address the disparity of overweight and obese children in Brevard, Health First has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida to teach families about healthy lifestyles through nutrition lessons, fun activities and games, and healthy meal preparation exercises.
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