We are in the beginning stage of implementing strategies to address the prioritized factors related to violence in Liberty City. At our July meeting we organized into the following work groups: Access to Guns, Comprehensive Education, Mental Health and Trauma, Role Models and Mentors, and Communication Zones. Throughout the implementation phase, these work groups will meet regularly to discuss and take actions to implement, track, and sustain year 1 activities.
The different workgroups are working on creating Safe Havens in Liberty City, focused on improving literacy throughout the community, implementing Mental Health First-Aid throughout the community, and identifying role models that already exist Liberty City.
We spent a year conducting community collaborative meetings to identify strategies that would help create a safe and healthy Liberty City. We are not in the implementation phase.
The purpose of the Florida Alliance will be to build viable support for policies and programs that aim to end inequity and improve oral health. We will begin to do this by addressing access to and utilization and provision of dental services for Medicaid-eligible children. Medicaid provides health insurance for 41.7 percent of Florida’s children, totaling 1.28 million. We believe that substantial improvement in this system is a formidable first step toward achieving equity for our most vulnerable children.
Using the principles of collective leadership, this process will use resources to build relationships and encourage trust, to provide coaching and support and to work through conflicts to reach common ground. The Florida Oral Health Alliance will provide a space for maximizing existing connections, leveraging existing resources and developing the influence of consumer/community members and groups.