Find­ing so­lu­tions for com­mu­nity’s health needs

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What does Palm Health­care Foun­da­tion, Inc. do?

Palm Health­care Foun­da­tion Inc. brings res­i­dents and lead­ers to­gether on crit­i­cal health is­sues to get re­sults. With phil­an­thropic sup­port, we work to achieve trans­for­ma­tive health so­lu­tions, ad­vo­cate for our most vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents and lead change for better health for gen­er­a­tions to come. How does your agency ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity?

With the sup­port of phi­lan­thropy and a fo­cus on re­sults, we build strong com­mu­nity part­ner­ships, re­spect di­verse opin­ions and seek in­no­va­tive ap­proaches to solv­ing Palm Beach County’s com­plex health prob­lems through col­lab­o­ra­tive grant-mak­ing, learn­ing and ac­tion net­works and coun­ty­wide Better Health Cam­paigns. What i s your a ge nc y ’s fo­cus for the future?

Palm Health­care Foun­da­tion is fo­cused on lead­ing a sub­stan­tial change ef­fort for greater health eq­uity through our Health­ier To­gether neigh­bor­hood Ini­tia­tives. Health eq­uity means that ev­ery­one has a fair and just op­por­tu­nity to be health­ier. The re­sult of our neigh­bor­hood ini­tia­tives will be last­ing, ef­fec­tive net­works be­tween lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and part­ners in health, for im­prov­ing the pre­ven­tion of di­a­betes, fam­ily care­giv­ing and brain health.

Brain health is a pri­or­ity We in­spire and fund so­lu­tions for better health in Palm Beach County through com­mu­nity col­lab­o­ra­tion. for Palm Health­care Foun­da­tion as well. We are lead­ing a change ef­fort for better brain health, build­ing a foun­da­tion to pro­mote brain fit­ness and to re­duce the stigma of men­tal ill­ness through a va­ri­ety of pro­grams and coali­tions.

Palm Health­care Foun­da­tion is also im­ple­ment­ing im­por­tant ini­tia­tives to bat­tle the opi­oid cri­sis and in­crease phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. In re­gard to the opi­oid cri­sis, the founda- tion part­nered with South­east Florida Be­hav­ioral Health Net­work, Han­ley Foun­da­tion and the Town of Palm Beach United Way to bring the Rapid Re­sults In­sti­tute to Palm Beach County. RRI helped the part­ners launch a 100-Day Chal­lenge in 2018 to at­tain sig­nif­i­cant re­sults to­ward the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a re­cov­ery sys­tem. A key com­po­nent of the 100-Day Chal­lenge in­cludes es­tab­lish­ing a cen­tral­ized data­base of schol­ar­ship beds and treat­ment to help ex­pand the ca­pac­ity of treat­ment and res­i­den­tial beds for in­di­gent con­sumers.

To com­bat obe­sit y and seden­tary life­styles, Palm Health­care Foun­da­tion held its sixth an­nual Let’s Move: Com­mit to Change Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Chal­lenge in March. Let’s Move is a coun­ty­wide cam­paign, spon­sored in part­ner­ship with PNC Bank and CBS12, that fo­cuses on phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, nu­tri­tion and healthy be­hav­iors. In 2018, the com­mu­nity ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions, log­ging more than 32 mil­lion min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. More than 200 teams par­tic­i­pated. The foun­da­tion hopes that res­i­dents who par­tic­i­pated will con­tinue in­cor­po­rat­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity into their daily lives. How can the com­mu­nity help?

Palm Health­care Foun­da­tion ac­cepts do­na­tions in many forms that al­low it fund pro­grams that im­prove res­i­dents’ health and well­ness. Donors can cre­ate a spe­cially named fund, plan a Health Legacy or make a gift to a pro­gram that is spe­cial to them. Learn about the ways to give at palmhealth­­nate

Man­del Pub­lic Li­brary

411 Clema­tis St., West Palm Beach 561-868-7700

Fore i g n Fi l m S e r i e s : View the ro­man­tic drama “L’ombre des femmes (In the Shadow of Women).” English sub­ti­tles. Adults. 2 p.m. Sun­day.

Get that job: Get a free l unch a nd f l a sh dr ive a t this work­shop that cov­ers re­sumes, job mar­ket, in­ter­view­ing skills and more with ca­reer con­sul­tant An­gela Wing-Allen. Adults. Pr­ereg­is­ter. 10 a.m. Tues­day.

Acreage Branch

15801 Or­ange Blvd., Lox­a­hatchee 561-681-4100

Minia­ture gar­dens: De­sign an un­der-the - sea minia­ture garden. Ma­te­ri­als pro­vided. Par­tic­i­pants can bring their own glue gun. Ages 14 and older. Pr­ereg­is­ter. 2 p.m. Sun­day.

Little mu­sic-mak­ers: Jam along to fa­vorite sto - ry­time songs with in­stru­ments. In­fant to age 4. 3:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day.

Belle Glade Branch

725 NW Fourth St., Belle Glade 561-996-3453

Telling tales: En­joy oral Haitian wis­dom, proverbs, jokes, rid­dles and sto­ries. Re­fresh­ments pro­vided. All ages. 3:30 p.m. Fri­day.

Kites and fanals: Try your hand at mak­ing a va­ri­ety of tra­di­tional kites and fanals. Co-spon­sored by the HaitianAmer­i­can Cham­ber of Com­merce. Snacks pro­vided. All ages. 1 p.m. May 26.

Lan­tana Road Branch

4020 Lan­tana Road, Lake Worth 561-304-4500

Get s o c i a l : Form new friend­ships with short, timed con­ver­sa­tions. Adults. Pr­ereg­is­ter. 6:30 p.m. to­day.

NASA chal­lenge: De­sign and build a shock-ab­sorb­ing sys­tem that will pro­tect two “as­tro­nauts” when they land. Pre­sented by Palm Beach County 4-H. Ages 7 to 12. Pr­ereg­is­ter. 2:30 p.m. Satur­day.

Main Li­brary

3650 Sum­mit Blvd., West Palm Beach 561-233-2600

For women: At­tend a sem­i­nar fo­cus­ing on el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments and of­fer­ing an over­view of the Small Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Women-Owned Small Busi­ness Pro­gram. Call 954-7625235 to pr­ereg­is­ter. 2 p.m. Wed­nes­day.

Vol­un­teer info: Learn about the different places where teens can vol­un­teer to earn their com­mu­nit y ser­vice hours. Ages 12 to -17. Pr­ereg­is­ter. 4 p.m. May 24.

Little chefs: From plant­ing seeds to en­joy­ing tasty dishes, chil­dren will learn the process of plant­ing, grow­ing and cook­ing their very own food. This ses­sion’s topic is wa­ter­melon. Ages 3 to 6. Pr­ereg­is­ter. n10:30 a.m. May 26.

Welling­ton Branch

1951 Royal Fern Drive, Welling­ton 561-790-6070

May flow­ers: April show­ers are over, and it’s time to make some col­or­ful pa­per flow­ers. Ages 2 to 10. Pr­ereg­is­ter. 3 p.m. Wed­nes­day.

Dance party: Cel­e­brate the end of the school year and the be­gin­ning of sum­mer with mu­sic and danc­ing. Ages 5 to 12. Pr­ereg­is­ter. 3 p.m. May 24.


The Del­ray Beach Let’s Move team hosted a pep rally at Pom­pey Park in March to kick off Palm Health­care Foun­da­tion’s sixth an­nual Let’s Move: Com­mit to Change Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Chal­lenge, a coun­ty­wide ini­tia­tive fo­cus­ing on nu­tri­tion, healthy be­hav­iors...

Pa­trick J. McNa­mara, pres­i­dent and CEO of Palm Health­care Foun­da­tion

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