The Healthier Together Initiative provides a new way for community leaders to interact, offers opportunities for businesses, neighborhoods, and organizations to examine their policies and structures through a health promotion and prevention lens, and brings the community together through healthy educational workshops. The Healthier Together Initiative is comprised of the Healthier Together Ambassadors program, Healthier Together Workshop Series, and the Healthier Together Certification Program. Some programmatic goals include:
· Increase education and awareness through a wide range of topics, including fitness, nutrition, financial health, and more, discussed by local professionals.
· Increase community connectiveness and act as a link for residents to other community programs.
· Highlight and promote healthy activities, programs, and policies in our community.
· Offer businesses, neighborhoods, churches, and schools the opportunity to examine and be recognized for their current health promoting structures.
· Offer a community resource library and information to businesses, neighborhoods, churches, and schools to increase health education and promotion within their organization.
The Healthier Together Certification is a program that promotes wellness, encourages the adoption of healthy behaviors and establishes supportive communities.
The certification is an online assessment that looks at organizational best practices and community health outreach to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of workplace and neighborhood wellness.
The Healthy St. Pete team created the Healthier Together Certification in 2020 to implement evidence-based approaches to workplace and community health. The assessments below are a culmination of research and information gathered from similar certification programs across the country and data specifically from our community. The end result is the Healthier Together Certification tool which empowers employers and organization leaders to help build a stronger culture of health in the City of St. Petersburg.
An integral part of the Healthier Together Certification is the Community Resource Library with detailed information about how organizations can improve their assessment score. The goal of the certification is to be a constantly evolving process for workplaces and neighborhoods to continually improve. The Resource Library is organized with the same topics as the assessment and can help organization leaders implement healthy programs, policies and procedures into their strategic plan.
COMMUNITY RESOURCE LIBRARY
The Healthier Together Resource Library is specifically organized to give organizations both local and national resources to help meet their goals. These resources can be used to strategically plan and implement new programs, to learn best practices and to partner with local subject area experts.
Business, Home, Life Insurance – Advantage Insurance Solutions
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training
Community Services Department – City of St. Petersburg
Cope Notes – Daily Mental Health Support
CPR Training – Pinellas County
Drug or Alcohol Abuse Policy – National Drug Free Workplace Alliance
First Aid Training – American Red Cross
Mental Health First Aid – NAMI
Mental Well-Being & Stress Management – CDC
Smoking & Tobacco Use – American Cancer Society
Cultural Competency – Department of Health & Human Services
Cultural Competency – Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative
Community Event Ideas – EventBrite
Diversity & Inclusion – Florida YMCA
Event Listing – City of St. Petersburg Planning
Guide to Accessible & Inclusive Trainings – Autistic Advocacy
Hospitality Guide to Planning Accessible Meetings – Americans with Disabilities Act
Access to Healthy Foods – SNAP Benefit Retailer
Council on Neighborhood Associations (CONA)
Education & Workforce Development – CIty of St. Petersburg
Licensed Childcare Providers – FL Department of Health, Pinellas
Mental Health – Gallagher Wellbeing Resources
Mental Health & Substance Abuse Resources – NAMI
Park Locations – City of St. Petersburg
Park Locations – Pinellas County
Race & Health Equity – Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg
Social Services Providers – City of St. Petersburg
Volunteer Opportunities – Care Fest
American Bone Health – Fracture Risk Calculator
CityTrails St. Petersburg Bicycle Path Map – City of St. Petersburg
Community Garden – Garden Club of St. Petersburg
Emergency Planning – Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative
Emergency Planning – City of St. Petersburg
Financial Wellness Courses – National Endowment for Financial Education
Guide to the Pinellas Trail – Pinellas County
Healthy Cooking and Weight Control Programs – Suncoast Bariatrics
Quit Guide – Tobacco Free Florida
Traffic Safety – City of St. Petersburg
Urban Agriculture – City of St. Petersburg