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"It was just amazing to me how dialog and community involvement would precipitate such partnerships, and then ultimately, to have the outcomes of those partnerships manifest themselves in such tangible, measurable ways."

-Jack Donoghue
Former chair
North Port CHAT

CHATs - Accomplishments

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  • Video on Local Health Challenges
    Created a video on the health and human service needs and challenges in Englewood.  Presented the video and led discussion with hundreds of residents through local associations and organizations.
  • Dollars for Mammograms
    Helped support the Dollars for Mammograms program with Englewood Community Hospital.
  • Health Center
    Supported Englewood Inter-Agency Council efforts to build a One-Stop Health & Human Services Center for the local community.
  • Promoting 2-1-1
    Held a community forum on information needs in the community, highlighting 2-1-1 services.


  • DVD: Active Senior Living
    Produced and distributed a video showing safe, simple ways senior citizens can stay physically active.
  • Health Services Directory
    Developed in 2005 and updated in 2006 the LOVN Health and Human Services Directory, distributed to 40,000 residents each printing.
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  • Diabetes Project
    Created the LOVN Care Team Diabetes Project, which reached 65 seniors with in-home clinical, social, and educational support.
  • Family Advocacy Committee
    Created the Family Advocacy Committee to address issues of healthy activities for teens and opportunities for inter-generational activities in Venice.
  • CHIP Information Centers
    Created the CHIP Information Centers concept and obtained funding for a CHIP Center pilot project.  The Centers were located at various high-profile public areas throughout southern Sarasota County, including libraries, and distributed information on health topics and resources.  The Centers eventually were replaced by the CHIP Healthy Living Kiosks.
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  • Senior Focus Committee
    Created this committee to advocate for increased physical activity in seniors.


  • Community Walks
    Organized monthly community walks in a local park to promote healthy activities of residents.


  • Health Services Center
    Advocated for the development of more primary care services for the uninsured, which led to the creation of the North Port Health & Family Services Center.
  • Health Services Guide
    Created and updated the North Port Health & Human Services Guide.  Each edition was distributed to more than 10,000 residents.
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  • Public Forums
    Sponsored four Visioning for a Healthy Community public forums.
  • Hospital Feasibility
    Facilitated meetings to discuss the possibilities of building a hospital in North Port.
  • Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention
    Created this subcommittee to reduce substance abuse among teens and support a local teen center.
  • Expansion of Mental Health Services
    Held a community forum on the need for mental health services in North Port, which led to collaboration with County agencies to expand services and funding.