2019 – Health-Smart Holistic Health Program For Seniors Launched
Dr. Carolyn Tucker, a Professor of Psychology and the UF Florida Blue Endowed Chair in Health Disparities Research, received an $820,000 grant from the Humana Foundation to conduct year one of a three-year program to address food insecurity, social isolation, and loneliness among low-income senior citizens (age 65+) in Jacksonville, Florida. These target problems are common among seniors and are linked to poor mental health, including depression, poor physical health, cardiovascular disease, and mortality. The program is novel in that it will involve transforming two existing UF Health centers into first-ever Health-Smart Holistic Health and Wellness Centers where trained health empowerment coaches, health care professionals, partner organizations and Dr. Tucker’s research team will assist seniors with getting health food, being physically active, overcoming stress and depression, becoming financially secure, and using mobile phones and a social connection app to interact with each other. The program will receive additional funding for years two and three.
2020 – The End of Year 1 Celebration for the Health-Smart Holistic Health Program for Seniors will occur on Saturday, February 1, 2020 in Jacksonville at UF Health Learning Resource Center, Health Science Center – Auditorium and Atrium. It will begin at 11:00 a.m.
All participants from Year 1 are invited to attend, along with the Year 1 HSHH Team, Year 2 team members, community leaders, and special guests. Dr. Tucker and the HSHH Team will share research results from Year 1, participants will give testimonials about the impact on the program on their lives, awards will be given, and there will be a preview of what is to come in Year 2. A healthy lunch will be served and all participants will receive a Health-Smart tee shirt.