December 19, 2018
Dec 19

Clinton Foundation Completes Five-Year Community Health Transformation Effort in Northeast Florida

New York, New York
Press Release

For Immediate Release: December 19, 2018

Contact: [email protected]


Clinton Foundation Completes Five-Year Community Health Transformation Effort in Northeast Florida

Work in Northeast Florida with a wide range of partners, including PGA TOUR and THE PLAYERS Championship, aimed to improve health and wellness since 2013; will continue through sustained Foundation efforts

Jacksonville, FL – After launching its Community Health Transformation effort in 2013, today the Clinton Foundation released a report detailing the impact and improvements made in five years to target the health and wellness of the Northeast Florida community that included Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties. The Foundation, through the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), works in targeted regions within a pre-determined timeframe to bring together diverse groups of stakeholders around a strategic blueprint to improve health outcomes, and then works to turn that plan into action. Northeast Florida was the third region to adopt CHMI’s Community Health Transformation model, which has also been implemented and completed in Coachella Valley, California, Greater Houston, and Central Arkansas.

“The Clinton Foundation works with leaders in communities across the U.S. to improve the health and wellness of their residents, by addressing everything from diabetes and chronic illness, to the opioid epidemic and serious health inequities,” said President Clinton. “In Northeast Florida, our work has helped the community make progress on a wide range of issues such as addressing health disparities, improving access to mental health services and nutritional programs, and supporting recovery for those with substance use disorders.”

Beginning in 2016, an independent team of researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine conducted the evaluation for the Northeast Florida region finding that CHMI has contributed to the development of several notable health-improvement projects including:

  • Coordinating partners to increase access to healthy food and reducing food insecurity by launching a weekly pop-up farmers market in a defined food desert community and collaborating on the development of the interactive Northeast Florida Hunger Map of food and nutrition assets and needs in the region;
  • Helping establish a partnership with Headspace, a mindfulness and meditation app, to provide free year-long subscriptions to public school educators to reduce stress and promote mental wellbeing;
  • Facilitating a donation of NARCAN and working with community-based coalitions to provide training on understanding substance use disorders, the signs and symptoms of opioid overdoses, and how to administer the overdose reversal drug naloxone to community-based organizations, employers and others, through a partnership with the Community Coalition Alliance to reduce the stigma of addiction and save lives; and
  • Helping with program development and organization recruitment for the public awareness campaign, Mission1Million, that encouraged healthy weight loss and maintenance, resulting in 4,000 participants who lost a total of nearly 80,000 pounds.

The five-year report also details how the Foundation will be engaged in the Northeast Florida region in the years to come by continuing to work with the local network of stakeholders to develop solutions that address the health needs and can be brought to scale.

The report is available in full:

About the Community Health Transformation Model

CHMI’s Community Health Transformation model fills a key role in communities with a wide range of organizations who are all making a concerted effort to improve health and wellness. These entities include local governments; hospitals, doctors, and others in the provider community; local nonprofits and support groups; members of the local business community; and many others. Without one cohesive strategy, many of their efforts to promote health and wellness do not complement each other as effectively as possible, and therefore are not as impactful.

CHMI works in communities across the United States, helping unite community members around a blueprint for improving the health and wellness of residents, and then works to turn that plan into action. This means bringing together a wide range of interested groups and stakeholders in the community, charting out common goals and objectives for improving health, and ensuring coordination and resources to support programs that achieve these goals. This equates to more effective community action, and more impactful progress in improving the health of the community.

We take a careful and deliberate approach to building out the blueprint and identifying ways to improve health outcomes. In each of CHMI’s communities, we:

  • Take an intensive look at the community’s overall health and wellness, including an examination of community and population health indicators to determine areas of greatest need;
  • Convene key stakeholders from across sectors to hear more about what organizations and leaders have been doing and what their priorities are;
  • Work collaboratively with these stakeholders to chart a local Blueprint for Action, which includes key priority areas and specific recommendations;
  • Coordinate across sectors to help implement these solutions identified in the Blueprint for Action; and
  • Work with national, regional, and local experts and programs to leverage additional resources that will help advance priority actions in the local Blueprint for Action.

CHMI works with regions disproportionately impacted by chronic disease to improve health outcomes and close gaps in health disparities. The Coachella Valley was the first community where we began this work – other current focus communities for our model, called the Community Health Transformation model, include Adams County, Mississippi; Knox County, Illinois; and San Diego County, California.


About the Clinton Foundation
Building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation on the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. For nearly two decades, that premise has energized the work of the Foundation in overcoming complex challenges and improving the lives of people across the United States and around the world.

As an operating foundation, we work on issues directly or with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Our programs are designed to make a real difference today while serving as proven models for tomorrow. The goal of every effort is to use available resources to get better results faster – at the lowest possible cost.

We firmly believe that when diverse groups of people bring resources together in the spirit of true cooperation, transformative ideas will emerge to drive life-changing action