Jacksonville, FL, May 19, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- In February the partners of Northeast Florida Counts launched the Change Agent Leadership Scholarship (CALS) to recognize students’ visionary aptitudes and leadership abilities to create a plan to transform a Northeast Florida community into a vibrant and healthy place to live, work, and play.
On Saturday June 2, Northeast Florida Counts, a health-related quality of life data initiative of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida (501c3), will award a one-year, non-renewable scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to two local students to help defer educational costs for a period of one year’s matriculation at any accredited two- or four-year college or university.
Five finalists were selected by the Northeast Florida Counts Steering Committee, and on the evening of June 2nd, each finalist will give a brief presentation expounding on their essay application. Judging will follow the presentations and two awards will be presented. The scholarship event is being held in conjunction with the inaugural Community First Hale and Hearty 7K, which begins at 8 AM on June 2nd at the Riverside Arts Market. These events are a celebration of the Riverside/Avondale area as a healthy community committed to happy and healthy places.
“Using Northeast Florida Counts, the applicants submitted essays that developed an evidence-based solution for improving the health and quality of life for a Northeast Florida community of their choosing. Our goal is to empower young adults to act as change agents within their communities and to demonstrate the importance of health and wellness across various disciplines,” said Dawn Emerick, Ed.D., President & CEO of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida. “We hope the students will learn it is in everyone’s best interest to put health and quality of life as a priority. This is the first round of scholarships through the CALS program, and we look forward to recognizing the current and future finalists for their desire to transform Northeast Florida into the healthiest region in the Southeast.”
Northeast Florida Counts is an innovative, one-stop source for population data and information about healthy communities. The site helps planners, policy makers, and community members learn about issues and identify improvements necessary for healthful outcomes. Featured on the site is a community dashboard of health-based indicators for seven counties within the Northeast Florida region. The site also contains topical news, reports, promising practices, an event calendar, and regional initiatives to facilitate knowledge-sharing and collaboration throughout Northeast Florida and to allow community members to leverage existing assets and identify areas of need. Funded by a broad partnership and managed by the Health Planning Council, Northeast Florida Counts illustrates a regional commitment to delivering a shared community resource.
The Mission of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, Inc. is to develop regional, unbiased research and evidence-based initiatives that promote healthy communities, lifestyles and improve accessible, quality health care.