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DOH-Palm Beach County Partners with TFAH to Address Public Health Needs of Older Floridians

By Public Health Communications

November 16, 2018

West Palm Beach, Fla.— The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County is pleased to announce its participation in the Florida Age-Friendly Public Health Collaborative and Action Network, facilitated by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) with generous funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation. The department and TFAH aim to identify and enhance the role of public health in improving the health and well-being of the older adults in our community.

The rate of residents in Palm Beach County over the age of 65 years old is 23.2% as compared to the entire State which is only 19.8%.  “The aging population trends are transforming the world in fundamental ways.  With the help of the multiple community partners, we are addressing these issues with innovative and collaborative solutions”, said Dr. Alina Alonso, Director of the DOH in Palm Beach County.

In October 2017, TFAH brought together 30 experts in public health, aging, research and policy in Florida to explore how public health could contribute to the health and well-being of older adults. Convening participants developed a Framework for Creating an Age-Friendly Public Health System to advance public health’s role in addressing the challenges and opportunities of an aging society at the local, state and national levels.

Through the Florida Age-Friendly Public Health Network, the department will be working with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and community partners to identify priority health issues among our older adults. DOH-Palm Beach County will receive tools, training resources, and technical assistance based on our unique needs. TFAH will be sharing the results of this initiative with public health stakeholders and policymakers across the country. This collaborative effort will help Florida meet the unique public health needs of older adults.

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