CALL TO ACTION

Residents of Escambia County and Santa Rosa County are much more likely than other Florida residents to die from chronic diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.  Many of these diseases can be avoided through prevention or can be controlled with early diagnosis and treatment. 

Premature death from chronic disease is related to many factors including:

  • Not monitoring glucose levels, blood pressure, or other chronic disease markers,
  • Not taking medicine on-time or as directed,
  • Not actively trying to prevent diabetes or other chronic diseases by controlling our weight or being more physically active,
  • Not getting annual screening exams to identify chronic disease or cancer in the early stage,
  • Waiting to seek treatment,
  • Using urgent care or an Emergency Department rather than seeing a primary care doctor on a routine basis

For about 18% of our population, affordability is the main reason that they are not being timely diagnosed or managing their health.  This is particularly true for people who are uninsured, have Medicaid or have high-deductible health insurance plans. 

But, even when cost is not a barrier, too many of us are not taking care of our health.  The painful truth is that our community as a whole does not take steps to prevent chronic disease, does not get screened, and once diagnosed with a chronic disease we do not do a good job of taking care of ourselves. 

Live Well Partnership wants everyone in our community to be as healthy as possible; we want everyone to Be Well. If we focus on just two issues, we can reduce the number of people with chronic disease and the number of people dying prematurely.  The two issue that we should address community-wide are:

  •  Improve access to primary care for uninsured and under-insured populations
  • Increase diabetes education and diabetes screening in communities with highest rates of diabetes

START TO BE WELL TODAY

Just select one of the steps below and then add more and then another.  Bring a loved one, a neighbor, a co-worker, or a church friend along for the journey – we all need to Live Well.

DIABETES

+ Everyone

Smart steps you can do to live healthier

  • Attend a diabetes prevention class
  • Have your blood sugar screened for diabetes
  • Have your A1C checked every 6 months
  • Make sure to get your eyes checked every year
  • Check your feet regularly for sores
  • Take a class on how to take better care of your diabetes
  • Take a diabetes cooking class
  • Walk or exercise every day
  • Be sure to get annual flu and pneumonia shots

+ Workplace

Employers can support healthy behaviors during the 1/3 of our life we spend at work

  • Offer health risk assessment and screening
  • Offer a class on diabetes prevention
  • Encourage your insurance plan to cover diabetes prevention education
  • Provide employees with a private space to check blood sugar
  • Allow diabetic employees adequate time to check blood
  • Offer healthy cooking classes
  • Create a culture that encourages employees to take better care of their health
  • Use the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard to evaluate and guide your company’s wellness activities

+ Places of Worship

Faith communities can help congregants achieve better physical as well as spiritual health

  • Offer health risk assessment and screening
  • Offer a class on diabetes prevention
  • Talk to members about the seriousness of diabetes and its link to heart disease, kidney disease and stroke
  • Offer healthy cooking classes
  • Participate in Project POWER or another faith-based diabetes program

+ Community

Activities to be addressed by Live Well Partnership’s Roadmap to Wellness

  • Standardize diabetes educational materials
  • Increase diabetes screening of at-risk and vulnerable populations
  • Increase participation in diabetes prevention programs
  • Increase participation in diabetes self-management programs

PRIMARY CARE

+ Everyone

Smart steps you can do to live healthier

  • Select a primary care doctor or clinic
  • Obtain recommended screening exams such as mammography, prostate, colonoscopy

+ Workplace

Employers can support healthy behaviors during the 1/3 of our life we spend at work

  • Offer health insurance for employees
  • Hold a health fair with referral to doctors or clinics for people who are identified with a chronic disease
  • Adopt policies that encourage employees to better manage a chronic disease
  • Reward employees for achieving goals such as losing weight

+ Places of Worship

Faith communities can help congregants achieve better physical as well as spiritual health

  • Start a Faith Community Nursing program
  • Hold a health fair with referral to doctors or clinics for people who are identified with a chronic disease
  • Reward members for achieving goals such as losing weight

+ Community

Activities to be addressed by Live Well Partnership’s Roadmap to Wellness

  • Evaluate Emergency Department data to determine use patterns
  • Seek input from consumers on barriers to using primary care doctors and clinics
  • Reduce Emergency Department visits for non-urgent conditions

RESOURCES

ORGANIZATIONS

DIABETES

American Diabetes Association

  • Healthy recipes, information on living with diabetes,

Baptist Health Care Healthy Lives      850-469-6903     

  • Go Fight! Diabetes education class

Florida Department of Health                               

Sacred Heart Health System                850-416-7131        

  • Diabetes prevention classes
  •  Living well with diabetes classes
  • Insulin and insulin pump training
  • Individual nutrition counseling

Santa Rosa Medical Center                  850-626-5196        

  • Living with diabetes

YMCA of Northwest Florida                

  • 850-438-4406 (Pensacola), 
  • 850-478-1222 (Northeast Pensacola),
  • 850-936-0049 (Navarre)   
  •  Diabetes prevention classes

PRIMARY CARE

Escambia Community Clinics – offers medical, dental and behavioral health services on a sliding fee scale at 9 locations:              

  • Pensacola: 14 W. Jordan Street | 850-436-4630

Adult primary care, urgent care, women’s health, behavioral health, pharmacy support, lab, vision care

  • Cantonment: 748 US Hwy 29 | 850-937-4004

Adult primary care, behavioral health, lab

  • Dental Clinic: 1295 W. Fairfield Dr. |850-912-8880

Adult and children’s dental care

  • First Step Pediatrics: 5868 Creek Station Drive, Building A | 850-478-1244

Children’s primary care, behavioral health

  • Lakeview Center: 1221 W. Hernandez St., Building E | 850-469-3890

Adult primary care, pharmacy support

  • Lakeview Center: 1221 W. Hernandez St., Children’s Services Center

850-429-6993 | Children’s primary care, pharmacy support

  • Lanza Pediatrics: 2510 N. 12th Ave | 850-471-0508

Children’s primary care, behavioral health

  • Milton: 5520 Stewart St | 850-981-9433

Adult and children’s care, behavioral health, pharmacy support, lab

  • Waterfront Homeless Shelter: 380 Herman Street | 850-332-5900

Adult primary care, pharmacy support

Good Samaritan Clinic - Primary, preventative and specialty care for the uninsured | 4335 Gulf Breeze Parkway | 850-934-0064

Pediatric primary care, adult primary care, dental, and immunizations

Health and Hope Clinic | 1718 E. Olive Road | 850-479-4456

Primary, preventative and specialty care for the uninsured |  1000 W. Blount St. | 850-607-7775

Primary, preventative and specialty care for the uninsured.

St. Joseph Catholic Church Medical and Dental Clinic - medical and dental care for uninsured, low-income patients | 131 W. Intendencia Street | 850-434-8162

Dental extractions, medical care, screenings, orthopedics, dermatology, and pharmacy

 Florida Department of Health

Family Health Clinic, immunizations, family planning, dental care, referrals to specialists.  Clinic services are provided on a sliding scale based on income and family size. Accepts Medicaid.

Immunizations, family planning, physical exams, referral to specialists.  Clinic services are provided on a sliding scale based on income and family size.

Sacred Heart Faith Community Nursing Program           850-416-7826        

  • A volunteer nurse program to promote health and wellness within local church communities

United Way 2-1-1                   Dial: 211                                     

  • Information and referral for medication assistance