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Coalition meets needs through collaboration

By Staff
Where else but a meeting of the Coalition for a Healthier Escambia County would you find representatives from local hospitals, the health department, Red Cross, churches, Kids and Kin, medical practices, family services groups, the department of human resources and several other organizations gathered at 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning? A willingness to commit to that meeting time alone is an indication of the dedication these people and their groups have to serving the well-being of the people of Escambia County.
One important objective of the Coalition is to provide an opportunity for different groups throughout the county to exchange ideas and information about the services they provide. By sharing this information, one group can learn what else is available in the area to serve the clients they see.
By pooling ideas, resources and manpower, each health- or family-related group can accomplish more and serve those in need more effectively.
Hurricane Ivan has presented a new opportunity for the Coalition to contribute to the county's wellness. By "adopting" the already established Long Term Recovery committee, as described in this issue of The Standard, the Coalition resolves some administrative road blocks of the group, allowing them to get to work on their primary objective -- meeting the as yet unmet needs of a populace still recovering from Ivan's destruction.