Our Programs

Our Programs

Affiliate Partners
Healthy Start
Healthy Start is a voluntary program whose goal is to reduce infant mortality, reduce the number of low birth weight babies and improve health and developmental outcomes. Healthy Start provides a universal screening tool to identify pregnant women and infants who are at risk for an adverse health outcome. The services that Healthy Start offers are free to pregnant women and children, up to age 3; and are based on needs, not income. Available services include education and support in childbirth breastfeeding, parenting, tobacco cessation, counseling and women’s health. Central Healthy Start serves Citrus, Hernando, Lake and Sumter Counties. Healthy Start of North Central Florida serves Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Suwannee and Union Counties.
Housing Opportunities Program
HOP provides short term housing assistance, such as rent, mortgage and utility payments, as well as housing case management to assist clients to maintain stable, healthy housing.
North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative
Improving access to cancer care and reducing the burden of cancer on residents in the region is the primary purpose of the North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative (NCFCCC). Members of NCFCCC include safety net healthcare facilities (i.e., Federally-Qualified Health Centers, county health departments, rural health clinics), primary care practices, hospices, hospitals, government agencies and a variety of community stakeholder groups. Through online training presentations, successful grant applications, regional cancer data and communications tools (such as The Cancer Resource Guide of North Central Florida and The Cancer Resource Blog), NCFCCC supports the region’s cancer community with resources, networking opportunities and education.

North Central Florida Trauma Agency

The North Central Florida Trauma Agency (NCFTA), established in 1990 through an interlocal agreement, is a partnership of healthcare professionals whose mission is to support and promote excellence in trauma care for residents and visitors of North Central Florida. NCFTA’s vision is a fully integrated system of trauma care that minimizes preventable injury, reduces mortality and morbidity, and provides optimal care through evidence-based practice, education and clinical research.
Rural Health Partnership
Rural Health Partnership (RHP) is a federally designated Rural Health Network established in the Florida Statutes to coordinate rural healthcare delivery systems. RHP members include safety net providers (e.g. federally qualified health centers, county health departments, rural health clinics), our regional community mental health center, primary care practices, hospitals, the regional hospice and the regional Area Health Education Center (AHEC). RHP’s focus is on innovative rural healthcare models, patient safety and healthcare quality issues.
Ryan White CARE Program
Provides ambulatory/outpatient HIV care, medical case management, medications, dental care and a wide variety of specialty and supportive care services.
Special Programs and Projects
CONNECT helps at risk pregnant women, caregivers and families with young children by providing a one-stop entry point for needed services, such as education and support in childbirth, newborn care, parenting, child development, food and nutrition, mental health and financial self-sufficiency. Call 877-678-9355 to get connected to services that benefit you and your family.
Everyone’s Doing It, It’s Everyone’s Business and ARTAS are components of the High Impact Prevention (HIP) project. The overarching goal of this project is to decrease the spread of HIV and link HIV-infected individuals to prevention and care services in Alachua, Columbia, Lake, Marion and Putnam Counties. See http://everyonestopaidsnow.org/ for HIV testing sites, learn more about businesses that support HIV prevention in our region and ARTAS, which links HIV-infected individuals to prevention and care services.


NewboRN Home Visiting
The NewboRN Home Visiting Program is a free program offered to all Alachua County women who give birth at a hospital, birth center or home within the county. Within a week after baby is born, a registered nurse or midwife visits mom and baby to see how they are doing, share information and connect them to services and resources. The program is overseen by Healthy Start of North Central Florida and is a collaboration between hospitals, home health agencies, childbirth providers and social service agencies throughout the county. Funded by the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Children’s Services Advisory Board.
Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program equips parents and caregivers with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to help their children be healthy, safe and ready to succeed in school. The program is available to parents and caregivers with a child 12 months of age or younger in Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton, Marion and Putnam counties. MIECHV is a federal program implemented in Florida through the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Inc. and is funded by a grant from the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) is a statewide program funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. SRTS aims to create safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to walk and bicycle to and from schools. The goal is to increase the number of children walking and biking, increase safety, and reverse the trend towards childhood obesity and inactivity. We provide free resources and training for teachers, schools and other community professionals on pedestrian and bicycle safety. In addition, we can provide safety information, helmet give-aways, and bike rodeos at community or school related events.To schedule a training session for teachers or community members in your county within North Central Florida, contact Morris Sherman at msherman@wellflorida.org or by calling 352-313-6500 ext. 114.
Safe Kids is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 500 coalitions in the United States and partners with organizations in 25 countries around the world to reduce injuries from motor vehicles, sports, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more.

Proudly Serving

WellFlorida Council, Inc. is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created in 1969. We are the state designated local health council for 16 counties in North Central Florida and specialize in health-related consultancy for clients and projects throughout Florida.

Proudly serving the following Florida counties:
Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee and Union.

Contact Us

WellFlorida Council
1785 NW 80th Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32606
P: 352-313-6500
F: 352-313-6515
E: info@wellflorida.org