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The role of Medicaid in the quest for grade-level reading

If you have been following the reporting of Maggie Clark and her team on the Medicaid crisis in Florida in the Herald-Tribune, you know that Florida ranks 50th in the country in per-child spending on Medicaid. Higher-performing states spend three times as much. You have read the heart-wrenching stories of children who wait weeks to… Read more »

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Joining the Age-Friendly Sarasota team

After more than a quarter century leading the Senior Friendship Centers organization, I am now beginning an exciting new part-time role as an Age-Friendly Sarasota initiative consultant for The Patterson Foundation. What an exciting opportunity for someone who has spent much of his professional career engaged in the field of aging, and who has also been so fascinated by… Read more »

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Suncoast Vroom pilot data illustrates positive parent reactions

In spring 2015, several people from Florida’s Suncoast attended a Campaign for Grade-Level Reading conference in San Francisco. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn and share with representatives from many of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading communities from across the country. One of the most memorable events we experienced at the conference was being… Read more »

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Aging Mastery participants inspired by program speakers

  Editor’s Note: Vicki Lyons is an Aging Mastery Program® participant at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center on Longboat Key. The Patterson Foundation supported bringing the program, which was created by the National Council on Aging, to three organizations in our region. My husband and I both signed up to attend the Aging Mastery Program®… Read more »

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Match distributed to support Margin & Mission Ignition entrepreneurial plans

To boost the fundraising efforts of the six area nonprofits engaged in its Margin & Mission Ignition initiative, The Patterson Foundation recently matched investments made toward the startup costs of each organization’s earned-income plan. The six nonprofits collectively raised more than $230,000, and The Patterson Foundation matched nearly $192,000 for a total of more than $422,000… Read more »

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Celebrating regional attendance awareness poster contest winners

We began with 38,000 students creating posters for the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Attendance Awareness Poster Contest, and ended up with 27 students named as Regional Winners. These 27 talented students were selected by our panel of judges, and will receive a brand new iPad at at their respective county school board meetings late… Read more »

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Enhancing community health with age-friendly principles

Age-Friendly Sarasota (AFS) is pleased to serve in an advisory capacity to the Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP). Established in 2002, CHIP represents a vehicle to develop ideas and action for creating a healthier community and a brighter future for all. Aligned by the same collaborative tenets of Age-Friendly Sarasota, CHIP brings together committed volunteers, organizations… Read more »

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Bob Carter joins Age-Friendly Sarasota team

Bob Carter is bringing four decades of leadership experience and expertise in aging issues to Age-Friendly Sarasota as an initiative consultant to The Patterson Foundation. Carter, a strong advocate for older adults and a community leader, served as president and CEO for the Friendship Centers for more than two decades, and has led numerous regional and statewide organizations… Read more »

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Coalition is creating partnership among unlikely partners

The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) was formed approximately two and one-half years ago to take action to address the recommendations in the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) landmark report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” The report delineates how nursing can contribute to an improved American healthcare delivery system. SNAC is using the recommendations of… Read more »

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Circus Sarasota partnership honors poster contest winners

A main pillar of The Patterson Foundation is “Partners with a Purpose,” which is all about encouraging purposeful collaboration. If you have ever been to the circus, think about all of the examples of purposeful collaboration you see there. The horse and rider, the clowns working as a team, and certainly the trapeze artists who… Read more »

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Forging community connections through Age-Friendly Sarasota

Age-Friendly Sarasota is a county-wide effort to promote active, happy and healthy living for people of all ages. Over the past seven months, Age-Friendly Sarasota (AFS) consultants and volunteers could be seen throughout our community encouraging all Sarasota County residents age 50 and older to complete an Age-Friendly Sarasota Survey. The overall goal of distributing… Read more »

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Aging Mastery Program brings positive, unexpected results

Editor’s Note: Judi Bjork is the vice president and general manager of the Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th and Jackie Godlewski is the center’s activity director.  We don’t know what we don’t know. This has been a recurring thought in our minds since we had the privilege of facilitating the Aging Mastery Program® at the… Read more »