Lessons Learned – August Meeting


Ashley Smith-Juarez, Regional Director for the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), presented “The Northeast Florida Blueprint for Action”. The data revealed results of her months-long community-based study that Northeast Florida is home to both the county with the best health outcomes in the state – St. Johns County – and one of the most unhealthy, Baker County, which ranked 62 of 67 counties.

This disparity is reflected in employment, educational attainment, access to healthy foods, and other important assets for community health. The Blue Print defines these assets in depth and offers Bold Actions to enhance them. By the end of Ashley’s talk, our group enthusiastically agreed to use the Blueprint to identify targeted ways to partner and leverage our strengths to enhance our community!

As the Regional Director, Ashley acts as a broker and convener to build partnerships and collaborations in an effort to improve overall health outcomes and well-being in the five county region. The CHMI engages the public, business and social sectors to lower rates of preventable disease, narrow health disparity gaps and lower the cost of healthcare by improving wellness in all generations.

CHMI uses the social determinants of health model to drive all of its work. This model suggests that an individual’s overall health is influenced by a constellation of factors, including healthcare quality and access, lifestyle behaviors, socioeconomic status, and access to a healthy environment. CHMI relies on the collaboration of those who have capacity to impact health outcomes. More information about CHMI can be found at http://www.clintonfoundation.org/our-work/clinton-health-matters-initiative.

Please take a moment to review the attached study and come prepared for a Sept meeting filled with energy, empowerment and collaboration!

Peace and joy  –