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Health Department Gets $150,000 Grant for A.D. Harris Clinic

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Florida Department of Health in Bay County has received a $150,000 grant from the Florida Blue Foundation. The 2-year grant will benefit the AD Harris Clinic in Panama City.

The IMPACT Grant will help to support the AD Harris Clinic located at 819 E 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401. The grant will allow more patients to be seen and will decrease patient's waiting time. "The anticipated outcomes of this grant funded project are to improve health care access, increase cost savings and decrease inappropriate use of hospital emergency rooms", said Sandon S. Speedling, Assistant County Health Department Director, with the Florida Department of Health in Bay County.

The IMPACT Program is designed to increase access to quality, health-related services for Floridians, especially those who are uninsured and/or underserved. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Proposals are evaluated for their strength, merit and alignment with the Florida Blue Foundation mission – to improve the health and well-being of the people of Florida and their communities.

"Serving the unmet needs of our most vulnerable neighbors – women, children, migrants and the homeless – is still very necessary in our changing health care system," said Susan Towler, Vice President of the Florida Blue Foundation. "The organizations awarded grants this year provide essential health services, and we are honored to support their efforts."

IMPACT Program grants are strategically awarded to diverse, philanthropic, community-based solutions that improve program capacity and reduce barriers to access; promote collaboration, foster innovation and sustain quality; and leverage financial, human and other resources to maximize measurable impact.

The mission of The Florida Department of Health in Bay County is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.  The purpose of public health intervention is to prevent and manage diseases, injuries and other health conditions through surveillance of cases and the promotion of healthy behaviors.  Its aim is to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of health problems by implementing educational programs, developing policies, administering services, and conducting research.  In many cases, treating a disease or controlling a pathogen can be vital to preventing the spread of disease to local and surrounding communities.

The Florida Blue Foundation is a trade name of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, Inc., and is a separate, philanthropic affiliate of Florida Blue, Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield company. The Foundation and its parent are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information about the Florida Blue Foundation, please visit www.bluefoundationfl.com.

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Information provided by the Bay County Health Department