Additional Resources and Information

 Alachua County Safety Net Collaborative

The Alachua County Safety Net Collaborative includes over 15 organizations that provide medical, oral health, mental health and/or psychosocial services to low-income, uninsured/underinsured residents in our community. Many of these organizations have been working for many years (i.e. as many as 40 years) and are well-established and respected community partners.  Without exception, each organization works on a shoestring budget with extensive participation of volunteers.  The key goals of  the Safety Net Collaborative include:

  • Reduce barriers to care by increasing capacity of the safety net network through coordinating care and identifying and striving to fill gaps in care.
  • Serve as the Community Health Improvement Plan’s (CHIP) Community Health Policy and Action Committee (CHPAC) to inform local policy-makers of our progress, impact, and suggested policy changes.
  • Serve as a planning group for knowledgeably educating residents of their rights under the Affordable Care Act.

For a detailed description of the services and hours of the individual SNC members, click here.

Seeds of Health Disparities are Sown in Early Childhood

Listen to the 20 minute speech followed by a Q&A session based on data collected for the Alachua County Report Card.  The presentation was broadcasted on WMFE on December 14, 2013 at 3pm.  You can listen to it in its entirety by clicking on the play button above. (For the best experience with this site, please open in Internet Explorer.)

About the Florida Free Speech Forum

Purposes of the organization:

  • To advocate, protect, and defend freedom of speech through open dialogue.
  • To provide monthly forums, seminars, and workshops at which persons of every belief and political persuasion may be heard and questioned.
  • To provide a platform for the rational examination of public issues and community concerns, particularly those of social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental importance to Florida.

As an expression of the rational examination of ideas through free speech, the Florida Free Speech Forum, Inc., seeks the enhancement of life and freedom. This organization is open to public participation and endorses a belief in open and constructive dialogue.

Programs are led by guest speakers on various subjects. Speakers are granted 30 minutes for presentation, followed by an additional 30 minute question and response session, on the subjects that are presented. Views expressed by the speakers reflect their views, not those of the Forum. The Forum’s programs with speakers are at noon on the second Monday of each month at the Paramount Plaza Hotel and Conference Center at 2900 SW 13th Street. Make a reservation for the buffet lunch held at 11:30 AM by calling (352) 335-3938 or using the online registration form by the Wednesday before the Forum. The presentations begin promptly at noon. Video tapes of these programs are available for loan from the Free Speech Forum Library. Radio broadcasts are monthly on WUFT-FM. You may listen to online broadcasts of our current programs on the Archive Page.

Radio broadcasts of Forums are on the last Saturday of each month at 4pm on WUFT-FM and WJUF-FM.


The Community Action Resource Atlas

In early 2011 the CARA website was launched for the purpose of integrating and standardizing data from many agencies that work with vulnerable families in Alachua County. The main goal of this atlas is to create a decision support framework that will help the community improve child welfare policies, and that will also support place-based intervention research.  To review the data, please visit the website by clicking: here.


Alachua County Food Deserts

Read an Op-Ed authored by Jessica Simkins, a fourth year medical student at UF. many of the areas she highlights in her report correspond to areas that the Community Report Card indicated were in need of additional interventions. Click here.