2010 Award Winners

Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (Duval County)

Area of Impact – Physical and Mental Health

Program Highlights:

A coalition of 60 organizations and 100 individuals including health care professionals, policy makers, business leaders, school personnel, parents, media, government entities, social service organizations and community residents united to reduce childhood obesity in Duval County. Published a Parent Resource Guide and Call to Action; 17 nonprofits received $160,000 in Oct. 2009 in response to Call to Action. Served 2,000 youth in after-school and community-based programs; 125 health care organizations providing continuing education opportunities in their unique disciplines.

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
Teen Xpress Program (Orange County)

Area of Impact – Physical and Mental Health

Program Highlights:

With a mission to “positively impact the quality of life for underserved youth by providing access to medical and behavioral healthcare,” Teen Xpress has collaborated to provide medical home services to over 10,000 uninsured and underinsured adolescents (11-21 years old) since 1997.

Quality Counts – Palm Beach County’s Quality Rating System

Program Highlights:

The Palm Beach County Quality Rating Improvement System (Quality Counts) is a voluntary early care and education system that enhances child care so children are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten. The system evaluates all areas of child care – from administration and staff development to curriculum, family engagement and school readiness. More than 150 programs, serving upwards of 12,000 county children, participate in Quality Counts.

Kinship Service Network (PinellasCounty)

Program Highlights:

The best placement for a child when his/her home is no longer a safe place is with a relative. It is estimated that 15,000 children are raised by kinship caregivers (non-parent families) in Pinellas county, most of whom are grandparents.

The Kinship Services Network of Pinellas (KSN) mission is to provide a coordinated network of services for relative caregiver families to achieve self-sufficiency and stability. Four partners comprise the leadership team for collaboration of 33 social service organizations, governmental agencies, funders, and local businesses to create a family-driven, community-based system of support for relative caregivers. Last year, KSN assisted 417 children and 251 adults to help navigate the legal, educational, child care, healthcare and social service systems that make accepting responsibility as a kinship caregiver so challenging.