Brevard Health Alliance
In 1995, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Cape Canaveral Hospital and Palm Bay Hospital joined forces to form Health First, a not-for-profit health system. In the same year, the H.O.P.E. (Health, Outreach, Prevention & Education) Clinic, an initiative spearheaded by Holmes Regional and local community partners, opened in a double-wide trailer in Melbourne's University Park to provide medical care to Brevard's uninsured residents. The H.O.P.E. clinic evolved into the Brevard Health Alliance (BHA), the county's only Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) ten years later in 2005. Currently, BHA operates eight clinics throughout Brevard County, caring for underserved patients with a complete range of services including primary care, pediatrics, behavioral services, case management, dental services, a pharmaceutical assistance program as well as two mobile units. Since BHA's humble beginnings, Health First has remained a loyal supporter with an annual $1.1 million grant and more than $2,144,653 in in-kind diagnostic services, donated office space and IT support.
Brevard Schools Foundation
Health First and the Brevard Schools Foundation have partnered together during this school year to create a mini-grants program. Teachers from Title I schools apply for funding to support initiatives and programs that focus on health and wellness activities and have measurable outcomes. Awards are based on:
Projects demonstrating a business and/or parent involvement receive bonus points. Click here for more information.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida
Health First and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida have partnered together in an effort to improve the health and well-being of members of the local Clubs and their families in Cocoa and Melbourne. Last spring, Health First partnered with the University of Florida Extension Service and introduced "Family BeFit," an 8-week program which teaches families about healthy lifestyles. Each week, a lesson is given on nutrition along with a fun activity or game and a healthy snack is prepared for taste-testing by the families. The program was so successful that a third session began in January at the Cocoa branch and the first session began at the Temple Terrace branch in Melbourne in March. In addition, to the "Family BeFit" program, Health First collaborated with the Boys & Girls Clubs in sponsoring a health and wellness fair for the community last August.
Central Brevard Sharing Center
On Thanksgiving Day 2015, Health First provided hundreds of Thanksgiving meals to needy residents at the Central Brevard Sharing Center in Cocoa. Several students from Viera high school volunteered their time to serve the meals and help make the holiday special.
CPR Training Day
Health First held its 7th Annual Free CPR Day on Saturday, June 13, 2015, which attracted more than 5,000 attendees. Held at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, the event featured a 5K Run/Walk and "Friends & Family" CPR and AED Training provided by the Health First Education & Training Center.
According to the American Heart Association, CPR can double a victim’s chance of survival when it is performed immediately. Since the event’s inception, Health First has helped train more than 13,000 people of all ages in hands-only CPR.
Everyone who completed the free CPR training received a free T-shirt, a ticket to a Brevard County Manatees baseball game and a certificate for a free personal gourmet pizza from Pizza Gallery & Grill in Viera. The event also included a landing by Health First’s First Flight helicopter, Brevard County Fire Rescue, kids’ activities, Brevard Zoo animals and a heart healthy cooking demonstration. In addition, One Blood’s Big Red Bus collected 26 units, which will save 78 lives.
Eastern Florida State College
In 2005, Health First and other area partners pledged its support of Eastern Florida State College (EFSC), formerly known as Brevard Community College, to expand their Nursing program at the Palm Bay campus. Health First's ten-year commitment of nearly $2 million and more than $3 million in direct costs for instructional clinical personnel was matched by state grants from Jobs for Florida's Future. As a result of the expanded nursing program, patients in Brevard County have access to more skilled personnel when they require care. In addition to EFSC's nursing program, Health First provided 208,972 hours of on-site training for local college students majoring in the healthcare field in FY 2015.
Community Health Needs Assessment
In response to the federally-mandated Community Health Needs Assessment, Health First is collaborating with several local non-profit organizations by creating outreach programs designed to help Brevard County residents learn more about wellness and prevention and adopt a healthier lifestyle.