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B.E. S.M.A.R.T.

B.E. S.M.A.R.T. is a FREE health and fitness program that we offer to organizations and schools (B.E. S.M.A.R.T. KIDS).

Our goal is to help everyone achieve optimal health by introducing them to basic health principles that will enhance their lives

if they choose to implement them.

We travel around the United States and the world in collaboration with United Hands Inc. and we’re available for live presentations.

For more information call or text (352) 209-1900 or e-mail

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Blessed Trinity Catholic Church
  • Operate a volunteer medical clinic at Guadalupana Church (1 day/month)
  • Brother’s Keeper – supplies RX to needy
  • Sponsor 5k walks and athletic events
  • Christian 12 Step Ministry for addictions
  • Educating the total person in their schools
  • Free blood pressure screenings on Sundays
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Blissful Life Corporation

• Education utilizing a 6000-year-old tradition that brings balance to today’s fractured lifestyles. Our healthy lifestyle programs include workshops and classes that provide education and instruction in exercise, nutrition, meditation, spiritual study, clean living, healthy relationships with self and others, and complementary healing methods.

Blissful Life Corporation is a Non-Profit, Donation-Based Yoga and Wellness center.  We offer Yoga, Massage, Yoga Teacher Training, and various workshops and classes aimed at bringing mind, body, and spirit into balance.  We firmly believe in the power of spiritual practice to enhance and transform the life of anyone who seeks balance.

We offer our regular classes by donation in order to make wellness available to anyone who needs a little extra help finding balance.  We work very closely in particular with survivors of domestic violence.  We use mind/body/spirit techniques to promote and nurture healing and empowerment.

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Boys and Girls Club

• CATCH Kids Club – making healthy nutritional choices
• Triple Play – Mind, Body and Soul – game plan for Mind, Body & Soul focuses on eating healthy, keeping fit and forming positive relationships
• SMART Girls – developing healthy attitudes and lifestyles by addressing health and social issues specific to young women; designed for girls ages 10-15.
• Fitness/Weight Training – Fitness and weight training room available for members to improve overall health.
• Weekly exercise routines for youth by Certified Physical Trainers

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Brother’s Keeper
c/o Blessed Trinity Catholic Church

Brother’s Keeper is the social service outreach ministry of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church parish. We have been assisting the needy and marginalized of our parish and of our community since the early 1970’s.

Our office for emergency assistance is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 1:00 to 4:00. We can make special arrangements for parishioners. Our office phone number is 622-3846. You can also always call 211 – the County’s emergency contact network for hard to handle questions or circumstances.

At the same location – the corner of Fort King and Magnolia – Brother’s Keeper operates a THRIFT AND USED CLOTHING STORE AND A USED FURNITURE STORE.  Retail hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 to 4:00 and on Saturdays from 10:00 to 2:00. The furniture store number is 732-7988 and the thrift store number is 622-5544.

Brother’s Keeper also operates a Soup Kitchen. We serve a lunch meal from 12:00 to 1:00 every day of the year – including holidays, Christmas and Easter. See below for directions to the Soup Kitchen and for opportunities to volunteer. The Soup Kitchen phone number is 789-8139. Call between 9:00 and 2:00

Every first weekend of the month we collect food at the Church for our EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY.  Look in the bulletin for the list of our most needed items. Pre-packaged bags can be purchased at the following Publix stores – Steeplechase, 40 East, Churchill Square, Paddock Park, and Quail Meadow. Buy the bag at Publix and leave it there – we will pick it up.

We gladly accept DONATIONS. Used clothing can be dropped off in the clothes box located at Blessed Trinity or at our downtown location. Household items, clothing, and furniture can be dropped off in the rear of our store during retail hours. We also pick up good donated furniture and working appliances. Call 622-3846 to schedule a pick-up.

Every year we assist almost 1,000 families to keep their lights on for thirty days when they are in real danger of being cut-off. Some of the funding for these cases comes from the Ocala Electric Utility program called NEIGHBORS WHO CARE. With a small monthly amount donated through your OEU payment you can help us stretch our dollars. We really need your help in this area as those donations free up our dollars for other use. To sign up call Ocala Electric Customer Service Office at 352-629-8411 or by e-mail at

Brother’s Keeper is actively involved with other community agencies and community leaders in looking for ways to help the poor help themselves.


Cancer Alliance of Marion County

• CAMC Open Forums for professional health stakeholders – 4x/year since 2012 – website of Cancer Alliance which is a directory site with clinical & ancillary services represented
• Workplace Wellness – Friday morning “Walk-n-Talk”
• Summer 2015 CAMC partnered with Rasmussen College Student Nurses for 1st Public Cancer Resource Fair
• Ongoing Public Library Cancer Resource Center

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CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion
CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is the region’s recognized workforce leader and part of the unified CareerSource Florida workforce system. We collaborate with local economic development, education and community partners to develop world-class education/training and employment services to meet regional workforce needs.
MISSION:  CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion brings together citizens, employers and educational providers to develop programs to support high-quality education/training and employment services to meet regional workforce needs.
CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, formerly Workforce Connection, is one of nearly 600 business-led local workforce development boards created by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 and, as of July 1, 2015, operating under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014.  WIOA establishes an integrated, job-driven public workforce system that connects diverse talent to businesses and adopts a broad perspective for talent development by linking with economic development, educational institutions, and other community-based organizations for comprehensive planning, collaboration, and service delivery.
Services such as career counseling, workshops and job placement are available, at no charge, at career centers in Chiefland, Lecanto and Ocala as well as at the Patriot Job Connection office at the College of Central Florida’s Enterprise Center in Ocala. Services are also available through CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion’s mobile resource units and community workshops and placement services offered at area library branches, community centers and colleges.
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Centro Cristiano Vida (Hispanic Ministries)
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Chamber and Economic Partnership
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Church @ The Springs
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Church of Hope
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City of Ocala
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College of Central Florida

• Health Sciences Programs offered
• Dental Clinic in partnership w/Health Dept. @ Hampton Center
• Partner w/local mental health providers on programs & activities
• 20 programs for students that deal with mental health and related issues
• Software from Bay Care Behavioral for CF students who can take their own personal mental health screenings
• and CF have agreement for Student Assistance Program that provides 3 free counseling sessions
• Partner w/Children’s Alliance on family violence prevention and Community Council Against Substance Abuse
• Student Anti-violence advocates group
• MEGA Mondays forum; yoga taught for mental health/stress relief
• Abuse and sexual assault prevention talks on campus
• Speaker in November about student mental health issues
• Nursing program participates in service learning
• Faculty serves on advisory committee for Health Families
• Personal Wellness Class
• Offers elective course in Stress Management and Emotional Health
• Free Wellness program to all students and staff
• Annual health fair through Florida Blue
• Recreational facilities to community – jogging trail, swimming pool, tennis and racquetball courts

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Community Family Health Care

• Diabetes, hypertension and vision screenings at local events
• Initiation of monthly smoking cessation classes conducted by AHEC/ Tobacco Free Florida instructors
• Discount coupons to uninsured to enable provision of affordable, accessible services
• Referrals to the Michelle-o-gram program for uninsured
• Local administration of immunizations supplied by Florida Vaccines for Children Program
• Dental abscess treatment
• Skin cancer screenings and biopsies of suspicious lesions
• Treatment of diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia to prevent morbidity and mortality from heart disease
• Agency for Health Care Research and Quality age appropriate screenings at all office visits
• Minor laceration repair
• Family planning services for adults and teens
• Age appropriate health and safety education at all well child visits using Bright Futures information
• Refills of psychiatric medications until appointment at The Centers is available
• Services provided in location designated as primary care health professional shortage area

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Community Foundation

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to building community in Ocala / Marion County, Florida.

Our Mission & Vision
We will serve as a – CONVENER – COLLABORATOR – CATALYST – for community building through philanthropic funding for CIVIC, COMMUNITY, CULTURAL, and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.”
Our Community Foundation will serve as the centralized portal for philanthropic giving and a unified voice for all local non-profit entities.
We foster community building through charitable giving.
  • Ocala/Marion County is home to over 1000 non-profit organizations
  • We connect these non-profits to gifting opportunities
Giving through a Community Foundation is distinct…
  • We create personalized gifting experiences:
  • Multiple charitable giving vehicles
  • Customized giving  matched to personal interests
  • Legacy giving via Donor Advised Funds
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Deliverance Outreach Ministries

Deliverance Outreach Ministries is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to help people in need in the community and to conduct humanitarian outreach.



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Department of Children & Families
Central Region

• Expanding the community partner network available in the community that assist with ACCESS applications
• Expanding SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) partners in the community to increase success of Social Security applications
• Collaborating with assisted living facilities for the appropriate placement of elder clients
• Collaborating with hospitals and healthcare providers in multi-disciplinary staffing with respect to elder safety, well-being and placement issues
• Identifying risk factors to mental health/substance abuse and providing in-home services
• Identifying risk factors related to domestic violence and providing supportive services to families
• Participating in child death review teams
• Engaging community partners in child fatality prevention campaign initiatives
• Collaborating with primary care providers to integrate SAMH services/providers to provide a holistic care approach for patients
• Collaborating with Medicaid Managed Medical Assistance (MMA) plans as to service coordination for children’s behavioral health services

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Dynamic Therapy & Wellness
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Estella Byrd Whitman Wellness and Community Resource Center

Our goal is to provide healthcare and wellness to the undeserved, uninsured, and low income to the residents of Tucker Hill in Ocala Florida

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Florida Department of Health

Weight, Nutrition and Chronic Disease
Healthiest Weight: Programs to help children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living.
WIC – Provides healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support and referrals for immunizations, health care and community services at no cost.

Teen Pregnancy
BRAZEN – Sexual risk avoidance program educates in health decision-making with goal to build awareness, character and self-confidence in youths.
Family Planning – Annual exams, birth control and pregnancy testing.

Infant Mortality
– Safe Kids – Dedicated to preventing injuries in children. Initiatives include car seat safety, drowning prevention, fire safety, safe sleep and vehicle safety.
– Healthy Start – Helps pregnant women, women between pregnancies, infants and children up to 3 – provides education, resource informant, case management and care coordination services in order to improve birth outcomes and decrease infant mortality.

  • Dental Services for children, youth and adults through age 20 who are eligible for Medicaid or Kid Care. Limited care for adults.

Disease Control
– Immunizations – Vaccines for children at no cost through age 18. Adult immunizations available for a fee.
– Sexually Transmitted Diseases – Screening, counseling, treatment and partner notification services to persons infected or suspected of being infected with STDs including HIV.

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Frank DeLuca YMCA Family Center

• Coach Approach – Personalized support for getting and staying fit
• FitLinxx – Track workouts to measure success
• YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – cuts the risk of diabetes by nearly 60 percent – 16-week program helps participants adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle habits by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight.
• LiveSTRONG – designed to help adult cancer survivors and their families rebuild their strength. Offer 12-week small group program that meets twice a week to continue to practice a healthy lifestyle.
• Personal Training – Expert trainers help get you started – free assessments available.
• Group Exercise – Offer more than 110 group exercise classes each week.
• Technogym – helps you set, track and create healthy habits

• Fit Kids Program – partnership with Measure Up Marion – 12-week program kids learn about exercise and nutrition through fun activities. Teaching healthy habits and right choices.
• Home School PE – Group classes to keep kids active, including Exergames, Kids Zumba, Basketball, Soccer and more.
• Exergame Fitness – Motion Fitness program that uses technology combined with games and physical activity to enhance the lives of our youth. Sponsored by Children’s Health of Ocala. Kids wear a MOVE band to track their movements and steps while using Exergame equipment and participate in weekly contests.
• Strengthening our Community through Spirit, Mind and Body – Community Bible Church meets at the Y 10 a.m. every Sunday.
• Community Bible Church also offers classes and seminars on Marriage by Design, Parenting by Design and Financial Peace University.


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FreeD.O.M. Clinic
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Gentiva Health Services, Inc.
An Affiliate of Kindred at Home

At Gentiva, our care is defined by our clinical expertise and the compassion we deliver every day – one patient at a time.

The Gentiva family of companies has been bringing great healthcare home for 40 years. Our nurses, therapists and other healthcare professionals are dedicated to improving the quality of life for those we serve through the delivery of clinical excellence, extraordinary service and compassionate care, while being recognized as the leader in home health, hospice and community care services.

Each year, we provide home care services to more than 350,000 patients from more than 490 community locations nationwide. Our full range of clinical services includes:

  • Skilled nursing
  • Physical, occupational and speech-language therapy
  • Cardiac and pulmonary care
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Wound care
  • Disease and pain management
  • Medication management and education
  • Patient education to promote self-management
  • Treatment for balance problems that can lead to fall risks
  • Hospice services, including help with physical, emotional and spiritual needs

We are committed to continually raising the bar in home healthcare by setting new industry standards for quality care and personalized service. That’s why thousands of patients every day choose us for their home healthcare needs.

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Gift of the Heart

Gift of the Heart provides counseling to children, adults and during life transitions.  Gift of the Heart provides therapeutic counseling sessions for those who are uninsured or under insured.  They provide helping hands to lift up and turn lives around.



H.I.S. (Homeless Improvement Solutions)
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Health COPIN (Health Circle of Positive Influence)
Health South Rehabilitation Hospital of Ocala
Healthcare Concierge

• CAMC Open Forums for professional health stakeholders – 4x/year since 2012 – website of Cancer Alliance which is a directory site with clinical & ancillary services represented
• Workplace Wellness – Friday morning “Walk-n-Talk”
• Summer 2015 CAMC partnered with Rasmussen College Student Nurses for 1st Public Cancer Resource Fair
• Ongoing Public Library Cancer Resource Center

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Heart of Florida Health Center, Inc.

·         Federally Qualified Health Center

·                Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home

·         Largest primary care provider for the targeted population in the County

·                76% of patients served are at or below 100% of FPL

·         In 2015 served 18,269 unduplicated patients through 45,908 visits to one of 8 HFHC facilities

·         Provides client centered preventative activities daily through providing primary care

·         Provides ongoing access to chronic disease education and support

·         Present and active at health fairs and events

·         Provides navigation and support activities to patients and families for enrolling into healthcare plans and other programs

·         Provides Pediatric and Adult dentistry programs

·         Provides maternity care in collaboration with Munroe and Shands/UF midwifery programs

·         Lead agency for the Measure Up Marion County initiative

Measure Up Marion works toward Tobacco-Free Environments (QuitDoc Foundation), healthy food & beverage options (Children’s Alliance, Dept. of Health, Barrett, Liner and Company, Sharon L. Yeago, LLC) and clinical and community linkages (MyHealthStory Health Information Exchange; Community Health Workers; Multi-Disciplinary Teams; Worksite Wellness; Rural Health Partnership/Community Health IT; Florida Department of Health; Barrett, Liner and Company)

Help Agency of the Forest
Hope Clinic
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Hospice of Marion County

Program #1:  Monarch Center for Hope and Healing

Hospice of Marion County has had a strong bereavement program for many years that primarily served the family members of our patients. Fortunately, the bereavement staff was able to serve children suffering loss as a result of a death whether or not it was related to a hospice experience.

In 2014, it was recognized that there were many in Marion County who experienced the effects of loss due to the death of someone who held a significant presence in their lives. Thus, in 2015, Hospice of Marion County opened The Monarch Center for Hope and Healing in Ocala at 3233 SW 33rd Road. The website is

The types of bereavement care and services include, but not limited to:
• Individual consultations
• General group support
• Specialized group support; i.e. men’s groups, survivors of suicide, survivors of violent crimes
• Grief support in schools
• Children’s camps
• Workplace education
• Grief support at work

Program #2:  Transitions

Transitions are a professionally managed, volunteer based support system. Trained volunteers help to ensure that clients understand their medical care plan.

Our “case management” professionals and trained volunteers identify client and family needs and offer:
• assist with coordination of their medical care plan
• find resources
• referral service
• links to community agencies
• limited transportation
• short-term respite
• companionship

Program #3:  Partners in Care (PIC)/Together for Kids

This program is a collaboration between Children’s Medical Services, Medicaid and Hospice of Marion County. It is a state recognized program established in Florida about 15 years ago; Hospice of Marion became a provider 5 years ago.

Those who typically qualify for this program include children born with congenital conditions, diagnosed with a long-term debilitative condition, and acute life-limiting diseases.

The staff from Children’s Medical Services recognizes the time to make a referral to Hospice of Marion County when the child’s condition/illness is advancing and care needs have intensified. When admitted to the program, they are not a hospice patient.

In accordance with the hospice philosophy of care, the child’s physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs are assessed and managed by a specially trained team of professionals that includes a registered nurse, social worker, personal care aide, play therapist, and volunteers.

Program #4:  Center for Comprehensive Palliative Care

This company is an LLC under the corporate umbrella of Hospice of Marion County. This palliative care in Marion County began in 2007 by Dr. Segismundo Pares. In 2008, Bonnie Parsons, ARNP joined Dr. Pares in this medical specialty in Marion County. In 2009, the program was nationally recognized by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Patients in hospitals are seen after the “attending” physician requests a consultation. A member of the CCPC team of practitioners see the patient in reference to difficult to manage symptoms, goals of care discussions and/or end of life care needs.

It is anticipated that in the mid to latter part of 2016, a community based palliative care program will be initiated. That work will be done under the name of AvailaCare. Referred clients will be seen in nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and in private residences.

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Interfaith Emergency Services

Interfaith Emergency Services provides a full range of services and assistance for residents of Marion County. We serve individuals and families in need. Clients are referred to Interfaith by churches, synagogues, and public services agencies. We provide the basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and much more to enhance the quality of life for families and individuals. In 2013, Interfaith Emergency Services through outreach and services touched the lives of more than 30,000 people in Marion County.  Interfaith does not discriminate against race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disabilities in hiring practices or provision of services.

Mission statement:

Interfaith Emergency Services is a community of faith called by God to offer emergency assistance without judgment to all persons in Marion County.

Need Help?

“I need help, where do I go?”

If you are in need of assistance you are encouraged to dial 2-1-1 on your phone to use United Way’s referral system. This free information and referral service can link people with questions or problems to organizations, agencies or programs that meet their needs, 24 hours a day, in your local area. Clients can access 2-1-1’s service in any language. Simply let the 2-1-1 specialist know what language you speak when you call.  They have the most thorough and up-to-date information available.

“I need help with food and clothing – what is available?”

Our Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday, from 9am – 1100am and 1pm – 330pm. Our office is located at 435 NW 2nd Street.  You will need to bring proper identification including a photo ID and social security card for each family member.  Service is primarily for Marion County residents but assistance is offered one time for out of county/state.

For those outside Ocala, our other pantry locations include: Reddick (each Wednesday – Thursday) and Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marion Oaks (every Tuesday).  Interfaith also supports satellite pantries in partnership with local churches on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Fellowship Baptist and First Baptist of Ft McCoy.

Other services provided include clothing, hygiene items and “reader” eye glasses.  Assistance for emergency prescriptions is available for Marion County residents with an original prescription from a Marion County doctor (some restrictions apply). ID Cards can be obtained with proper documentation. Work boots are available with a letter from your employer addressing the specific need for work boots.  Gas Vouchers can be requested for travel to Shands Medical facilities only (original appointment card required). For more information, call our office at 352.629.8868.


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Kids Central, Inc.

Kids Central, Inc. is the nonprofit organization serving Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties. The agency develops and manages a comprehensive, community-based system of care for abused, neglected and abandoned children and their families. Kids Central is committed to promoting the welfare of expectant mothers, babies, children and young adults through prevention services, in-home care, foster care, and adoption.



Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection
Kingdom Revival Church
Langley Health Services
Life Care Rehabilitation

• Been providing back to school physicals and immunizations with wife, averaging over 500/year from 1989 to present
• First Baptist Church at Sparr is only church that provides physicals and immunizations – did 100 physicals in August and during that time educated the children on sex, drugs and improving grades

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Marion County Board of County Commissioners
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Marion County Children’s Alliance

• Use work groups to deal with community wide problems.
• Childhood Nutrition Work group – began in 2004, partnering with schools, MRMC, Health Dept. and CDS. Addresses childhood obesity, unhealthy eating habits and overeating.
• Family Violence Prevention – works to reduce domestic violence which has a direct impact on the children in the home.
• CCASA (the county drug coalition) – works to reduce use of alcohol, marijuana and other illegal drugs in teenage population. SADD Clubs, Red Ribbon Week and community wide campaigns.
• SafeKids – partnership w/Dept. of Health and works to reduce preventable accidents impacting children, such as SIDS, drowning, bike safety and car safety.
• Fatherhood Initiative – works to improve the relationship b/w children and fathers who live outside the home.

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Marion County Clerk of Courts
Marion County Community Services
Marion County Dental Association
Marion County Extension Services
Marion County Agricultural Agent

Take Charge of your Diabetes (Diabetes Self-Management Education Program) – teaching this program since 2002 – evidence based, affordable, ten-session educational program developed by UF and conducted in collaboration with health officials • National Diabetes Prevention Program – evidence based lifestyle change program for preventing Type 2diabetes in at risk adults. Year-long program that helps adults make lifestyle changes such as eating healthier

Marion County Homeless Council
Marion County Hospital District
Marion County Medical Society
Marion County Parks & Recreation
Marion County Public Library
Marion County Public School System
Office of Superintendent
Marion County Sheriff’s Office

• Active participation in the Marion County/MCSO Employee Wellness Program known as Health Happens (can result in reduction monthly health insurance premiums).
• Quarterly Physical Abilities Testing (PAT) for Sworn Personnel – success in passing test on quarterly basis a requirement for promotion
• MCSO Wellness Day Incentive for Active Participation in the Wellness Program – can receive one wellness day each fiscal year for active participation in program

Marion County Sheriff’s Office
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Marion Senior Services

• Have been assisting elderly and disabled citizens in maintaining their independent living status since 1973
• Manages Older Americans Act and Community Care for the Elderly programs
• Provides countywide transportation and other services benefiting seniors
• Serves as Lead Agency for all Florida Dept. of Elder Affairs programs
• Designated Community Transportation Coordinator for all state funding agencies under the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged
• Operate in 3 major services areas:
• Transportation – provide over 150,000 trips per year with changing van routes daily)
• Nutrition Services – provide 350-400 home delivered meals per day countywide
• In-Home Support – provide services to more than 2,800 elderly or disabled persons per year, including personal care, homemaker assistance, respite care, adult daycare, companions, emergency alert systems, case management and some medical supplies.

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Marion Vets Helping Vets

• Active role with the local VA Clinic and staff
• Once a month have clinic director and staff for a one-hour radio show dedicated to the improvement of veteran’s health and the prevention of illness through vacations, proper diet and exercise and taking medications prescribed
• Food pantry
• Provides nutritious balanced meals for needy veterans
• Help with fuel for veterans to get to and from medical appointments
• Mental health mentoring and counseling of veterans and youth who are at risk

Meadowbrook Church
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Measure Up Marion

• Increase the number of people with access to tobacco-free environments at restaurant patios and property, parks and recreational areas, multi-unit housing, faith-community campuses.
• Facilitate tobacco/smoking cessation classes and programs.
• Increase availability and visibility of healthier food and beverage options:
• in vending machines.
• at concession stands including park and recreational areas.
• at local restaurants.
• Through Let’s Eat Healthy application for mobile phones.
• Implement CATCH Kids nutrition and physical activity programs in afterschool and summer school programs including Marion County Public Schools Extended Day programs, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, City of Ocala Recreation and Parks.
• Increase number of Farmer’s Market accepting EBT/SNAP payment.
• Recruit and build a network of volunteer Community Health Workers providing health information and linkages to community health resources.
• Create multi-disciplinary teams in clinical settings to provide chronic disease prevention and management.
• Utilize current technology, MyHealthStory, for accessing and sharing health information by clinicians, patients, and community health organizations.
• Expand and provide worksite wellness to area businesses and agencies.
• Implement community-wide marketing campaign to promote community needs and Measure up Marion response and successes.
• Measure Up Marion is a true community collaboration of the following organizations:
Heart of Florida Health Center (Lead and fiscal agent), Barrett, Liner and Company, Florida Department of Health in Marion County, Marion County Children’s Alliance, Marion County Public Schools, Marion County Library Systems, QuitDoc, Rural Health Partnership/Community Health IT, WellFlorida Council.

Mental Wellness Coalition
·         The Mental Wellness Coalition of Marion County coordinates a few signature events in the community that address mental wellness issues of citizens.

·         The first is the Healing HeART Exhibit, an annual event in which art pieces created by youth and adults in art therapy sessions throughout the community are put on display in the Brick City Center for the Arts. Each piece has a written personal story that goes with it, providing insight into the artistic inspiration for the piece as well as a glimpse into mental wellness journey they are experiencing. It is an important event for bringing mental wellness issues out into the open and for creating discussion on the subject. This event is lead by The Centers and is in partnership with the City of Ocala and Brick City Center for the Arts. Participating organizations this year (2016) are: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance, College of Central Florida-PREP Club, Hospice of Marion County, PACE Center for Girls, The Centers-Addie Rawls Recovery Center and Oasis, and The Vines.

·         The second signature event is the free, Annual Depression Screening Event in the month of October. The event includes depression screenings, adult wellness checks (blood pressure screening, medication review, etc.), carbon monoxide testing and tobacco cessation information, and interactive activities for youth. Other vendors provide insurance information, free chair massages, and a variety of other health resource information, depending on the availability of vendors.

·         The third signature event of the Mental Wellness Coalition is the Faith and Mental Health Summit which was first convened in February, 2016. This event seeks to bring the faith and mental wellness communities together for a day of education and collaboration regarding mental wellness issues so that the concepts and resources can then be shared with congregants in the various faith communities. It is the goal of this event to help educate and equip the faith leaders in the community for assisting community members and congregants with mental wellness issues if asked, and/or for providing appropriate resources for mental wellness services based in Marion County.

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Mid-Fla. Regional Manufacturer’s Association
Mid-Florida Prosthetics & Orthotics
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Munroe Auxiliary

• Healthy Home program discharging elderly to home from a serious hospital admission with minimal/or no family/friend support system.
• Provide each patient with short term nutritional support, safety/fall prevention visual home check
• Home visit made by Trained Volunteer Team and RN
• Short term transportation to 7 to 10-day physician follow up visit
• Provide socialization/comfort items necessary to heal and thrive within the home

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Munroe Regional Medical Center
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MyHealthStory/Community Health IT

• Electronically connects residents to the services, people and information they need to live healthy in Marion County.
• Though its appointment to OneFlorida, works with major Florida universities on community engagement research (
• Provides access to thousands of doctor-approved videos on health topics and medications.
• Bridges the gap between the Veteran and civilian healthcare delivery system by allowing Veterans to electronically upload their VA health information.
• Gets providers prepared for Stage 3 Meaningful Use (how the national government wants doctors to use their Electronic Health Records) and the 2019 changes to healthcare delivery payments that require providers to document positive health outcomes for payments.
• Can be used to provide communities real-time data for “report cards” that show community health factors and changes over time.
• Providing a node to the Florida Health Information Exchange and eHealth Exchange through its centralized data system.
• Gets up to 65% reimbursements for health systems and select medical facilities on their Internet and telecommunication expenses through its FCC-approved CommunityHealth IT Consortium (CRN# 38493).

NAACP of Marion County
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Nadi Om Wellness

• Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness and Lifestyle Consultations
• Private yoga sessions and group yoga classes
• Private and group meditation classes for relaxation and stress management
• Yoga, Meditation, and Ayurveda education classes and workshops

New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church
Next Step Fitness
Ocala Community Care

• Providing cost effective medical, dental and mental health (chronic illness stabilization, emergency care and crisis stabilization) to inmates through community collaborative agreements.
• Providing pre-release discharge planning with referral to community agencies in an effort to ensure continuity of care.
• Providing comprehensive inmate health education.

Ocala Farm Ministry
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Ocala Health System, Inc.

Ocala Health (OH) encompasses Ocala Regional Medical Center, a 222-bed facility located in the heart of Ocala, and 94-bed West Marion Community Hospital, located in west Marion County. OH has the only Commission on Cancer approved cancer program in Marion County and the only Level II Trauma Center in Marion, Citrus and Hernando Counties.  The hospitals offer a host of other quality and award winning services including bariatric surgery, orthopedic care and joint replacement, robotic surgery, cardiac and vascular services including open heart surgery and interventional procedures, emergency, neurological and rehabilitation services. Ocala Health’s outpatient facilities include Family Care Specialists, a primary care network of seven locations throughout Marion County; specialty surgical practices; Advanced Imaging Centers with two locations; a freestanding Wound and Hyperbaric Center; and a Senior Wellness Community Center.  The Ocala Health website is


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Physician Health Partners
  • Physician Health Partners (PHP) is a physician-driven, physician-led, physician-managed, and hospital supported care delivery strategy.
  • The focus of PHP is to improve the quality of care across the continuum and reduce the cost of that care.
  • Through participation in an effective and legally compliant clinical integration program, independent physicians have the opportunity to contract collectively with fee-for-service payers and employers based on need and the ability to bring a new level of quality and efficiency to care delivery.
  • Clinical integration physicians will commit to uphold standards of quality that are recognized by the physicians themselves as best practices, consistent with scientific evidence, and “the right thing to do” mentality.
  • Everyone can benefit from this approach to healthcare delivery.
    • Patients receive greater consistency of high quality care delivered from a trusted source – their physicians – through better and more efficient communication between you, your colleagues, and your patients.
    • Physicians can demonstrate their quality and efficiency to current and future patients, payers and employers in a way that recognizes their efforts.
    • Physician Health Partners develops more collaborative relationships with its medical staff, continue to enlist physicians support for quality initiatives.


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QuitDoc Foundation
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Rural Women’s Health Project
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Silver Springs Shores Resource Center

Silver Springs Shores Resource Center (SSSRC), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is a “one-stop” solution to the needs of the financially-challenged residents of Silver Springs Shores. We empower families and individuals in the areas of education, finances, health, career and social development by providing resources, programs and services.
• One-stop solution empowering families to live responsibly.
• SSSRC is a “one-stop” solution to the needs of the financially-challenged children and families of Silver Springs Shores. We empower families and individuals in the areas of education, finances, health, career and social development. The Resource Center equips families with the knowledge, attitudes and skills for responsible living.

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Office of the State Attorney
StayWell Kids
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Stirrups ‘n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center

• Equine services to assist in relieving mental health challenges
• Outreach to program participants who exhibit signs of depression and mental fatigue
• Horseback riding sessions provide an outdoor fitness opportunity for regular exercise
• Provide a bonding experience between horses and students. This offers an opportunity to think beyond one’s self and gain release of internal conflicts
• Partnering with Vets Helping Vets to launch a pilot program, ‘Equine Services for Heroes’ to Marion County Veterans
• Equine activities to reduce stress and anxiety
• Individualized lessons expand student’s riding skills

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Supervisor of Elections
Office of Wesley Wilcox
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Suwanee River Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

• Tobacco Cessation and Training Program: As part of Tobacco Free Florida, Suwannee River AHEC provides free face to face group support classes to help people quit all forms of tobacco. The classes are offered throughout the week and weekend at various times of the day. Locations are throughout Marion County. Participants receive a free workbook, valuables tools to help them quit, and free patches, gum, or lozenges (while supplies last and medically appropriate). Suwannee River AHEC also consults and trains local health care provides on best practices to ask and advise patients to quit tobacco and most importantly how to refer patients to Tobacco Free Florida services. For more information about the tobacco program please call: 866.341.2730;
• Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator: Navigators provide quality, unbiased information to consumers seeking guidance on their health insurance option. This service is available at no cost, and navigators will not pressure consumers into choosing a health plan. Navigators assist with signing people up through the Marketplace, providing information on local resources and the appeals process, educating consumers on how to use their policies, and more. Locations and times are throughout Marion County. To seek help please contact Keith Black: 352-359-2519;

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Taylor College
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The Centers

• Adult Mental Health – Crisis Stabilization, Crisis Support/Emergency, Case Management, Medical Services, Outpatient Individual/Group, Outreach, Drop-in Center and Supported Housing
• Children’s Mental Health – Emergency Stabilization, Crisis Support/Emergency and Intervention
• Adult Substance Abuse – Outpatient Individual/Group, Recovery Support, Residential, Prevention, Intervention, Case Management and Outreach

• Children’s Substance Abuse – Outpatient Group, Individual, Residential, Outreach and Prevention

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The First Tee of Greater Ocala

The First Tee provides young people with character-building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform. Through The First Tee, young people discover how skills essential to success on a golf course can also help them flourish in life.

The First Tee of Greater Ocala was granted charter from the Home Office of The First Tee in April of 2012. Daily operations are headed by Interim Executive Director, Emily Crosby and overseen by a Board of Directors led by President Steve Albright Jr.. Headquarters for The First Tee of Greater Ocala are at the Ocala Golf Club, located at 3130 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala, Florida 34474. In addition to Ocala Golf Club, programming takes place at Pine Oaks Golf Club, Rolling Greens Golf Course and Candler Hills Golf Club

For more details about our programs, please contact our offices at (352)362-2258 or e-mail us at


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• Screenings – Memory, Body Composition Analysis and Blood Pressure
• Health Education Classes – 30-45 minute live presentations with a health educator.
• Health Education Programs
• Physical Activity Initiatives
• Weight Management Initiatives
• Healthy Eating Resources
• Health Education Library
• Community Health Presentation
• Clinical Education Program

The Vines

• Mental health and addiction treatment for adults and children
• Acute psychiatric stabilization
• Detoxification services
• Women’s only trauma unit
• Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs
• Residential treatment center for children and adolescents

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Three Angels Clinic

• Free primary healthcare services
• Free specialty care for cardiology, chiropractic, podiatry, massage therapy
• Free health literacy assessment and education seminars
• Free chronic disease prevention education seminars
• Free laboratory services provided for by Vista Labs (contract pending)
• Free diagnostic imaging services provided by DOCS of Ocala (contract pending)
• Free mental health counseling
• Free health coach counseling/lifestyle intervention
• Free smoking cessation seminars
• Coordination with Interfaith Emergency Services to provide reduced and free prescription assistance for patients seen at Three Angels Clinic
• Coordination with Michelle-O-Gram to provide breast cancer screening with free mammograms

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Transitions Life Center

Transitions Life Center is providing programing for adults with special needs who have completed ESE programing through school. TLC hosts a summer camp, an athletic program and it’s full-time Monday – Friday enrichment program called THRIVE.

• TLC is a 501(c)(3) organization formed by parents, educators and people in 2012 with a heart for adults with special needs
• Offers innovative type of lifelong education option for young adults with special needs
• THRIVE – A fulltime day program for special needs adults – currently offered at Christ the King Anglican Church
• MOVE Program (Meaningful Opportunities Via Exercise) – special needs basketball program utilizing church gyms
• Bowling program meets monthly
• Finalizing a lease with City of Ocala for 22 acres in West Ocala for a proposed community center to include community gardens and a clinic in the community center (hope to partner with one or both hospitals or the health dept. on clinic). Have applied for a Community Development Block Grant
• Sponsors a Faith and Fun Summer Camp for disabled clients

UF Health Shands Hospital

• Patient Care – Unsponsored charity care and social responsibility – provides primary, specialty and tertiary, inpatient and outpatient hospital and healthcare services, including Marion County residents.
• Healthcare provided to mother/baby, pediatric, cardiovascular and neurosurgical procedures, organ transplants, trauma and emergency room services.
• Non-hospital based services, including physician services, community and regional healthy living illness prevention education sessions, disease management and patient support groups.
• Education – provides clinical education setting and training resources for next generation healthcare providers.
• Research – serves as a community resource by providing a clinical setting for ongoing patient research.
• Giving – Donations and In-Kind Services to community agencies that help people improve their health, wellness and quality of life.

United Way of Marion County

• Health Vision Council that focuses on 3 targets – 1) Mental Health, 2) Services supporting seniors and keeping them living independently and 3) Youth health focusing on childhood obesity and pediatric dental care
• Income stability – focused on meeting the basic necessity needs of county residents.
• Ensuring that food, housing and utilities are provided to those in need and working with families so they can become stable for the long term once their immediate needs are met.
• Planning stages to launch a new effort to work with individuals and families currently in transitional housing, providing additional assistance to increase the likelihood of them becoming independent and able to meet their own needs going forward.
• Education – focusing on childhood literacy – working with children before they enter school and children in kindergarten to ensure that as many as possible are reading on grade level by the 3rd grade.
Academic success of Middle and High School students – working with partners to identify and reduce the barriers that keep kids engaged in school and on the path to graduation.

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Veterans Services
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