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Applicants Selected for TOUCH Healthy Community Zone Initiative

Broward Regional Health Planning Council’s (BRHPC) Partnerships Transforming Our Community’s Health (TOUCH) Initiative has begun an exciting and ambitious new project – Healthy Community Zones – through its CDC’s Partnership for Improving Community Health (PICH) funding.

After a rigorous selection process the following communities have been selected as the initial Healthy Community Zones:  1) Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale; 2) Dania Beach CRA and the City of Dania Beach; 3) Memorial Healthcare System Hallandale Beach; and 4) A section of unincorporated Broward County designated as the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD). BRHPC congratulates those selected and is looking forward to many successes over the next several years as the program is implemented.

The implementation of HCZ through TOUCH will benefit Broward County by providing opportunities to partner and collaborate with TOUCH and leading community organizations in order to foster a shared vision of health, economic development and education in Broward County as well as envisioning and designing improvements for the selected communities in the four (4) TOUCH focus areas which include: Tobacco Free Living; Active Living & Healthy Eating; Healthy and Safe Physical Environments; and Clinical and Community Linkages.

Michael De Lucca, President and CEO of BRHPC notes, “These innovative Healthy Community Zone recipients will receive over $100,000 in technical assistance to energize their residents to take an active role in their health and the health of their community. By working together for a healthier community, these HCZ recipients will help reduce the leading causes of diseases, chronic conditions and early deaths of their residents.”

About the Broward Regional Health Planning Council – Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Inc. (BRHPC) is a not-for-profit, established in 1983, under Florida Statute (408.033), as the legislatively designated Broward County local health planning entity.  BRHPC is committed to delivering health and human service innovations for the uninsured at the national, state and local level through planning, development, implementation, evaluation and organizational capacity.

For more information, please contact Mike De Lucca, President and CEO by telephone at 954-561-9681 Ext. 1201 or via email at MDeLucca@BRHPC.org or you may contact Teina Phillips, TOUCH Director at TPhillips@BRHPC.org