Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center Inc
2201 CANTU CT STE 220
SARASOTA FL 34232-6255
Mission
Gulfcoast South AHEC's mission is to provide health education that improves the well-being of the communities we serve. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Darlene Sparks MLA
Board Chair Kimberly Bland CDA, BS, M.ED.
Board Chair Affiliation Manatee Technical College
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
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Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1996
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes Feb 2018
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,000,622.00
Projected Expenses $1,014,489.00
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement

1) During the fiscal year which ends June 30, 2016, our Tobacco Treatment Specialists, reaching out to Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto Counties, have doubled the number of participants who have participated in our program, helping to significantly reduce tobacco use in our communities.  

2) Our Youth Program Coordinator successfully launched a new year- long health careers camp that is targeted at High School Students.  This is significant because we could not reach High School students through the summer camps, and our funding agency is encouraging the targeting of students closer to the end of the educational pipeline, which should mean a greater percentage will enter health careers. This program is being presented at the National AHEC Conference in Washington, DC in June, 2016, and is being lauded by the leaders of the National AHEC Organization.
 
3) In the past year we have launched a new initiative to solve health disparities among limited English proficient patients in our community.  The new ACCESS Program (Advanced Cultural Competence Education and Support Services) addresses the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services developed by the Office of Minority Health and the Department of Health and Human Services to offer classes to train medical interpreters, language mediators, and others to comply with Joint Commission for hospital certification.  In addition, this training will offer medical professionals an opportunity to expand their area of service provision, provide greater patient safety and reduce the risk of medical errors due to lack of comprehension. 
Needs Statement

1) GSAHEC hopes to fund a scholarship program to serve youth who are interested in entering any of the health careers offered in our four county area. While institutions of higher education do offer scholarships for tuition, research has shown that underserved students still have a huge gap to fill beyond the major costs of education. Costs for fees, books, transportation and other limiting factors are seldom covered in scholarship grants. As an example, students who enter the CNA program have additional hurdles to overcome in order to go on to the RN or RN to BSN programs. Underserved and minority students are particularly subject to these limiting costs. GSAHEC is seeking funds to seed a scholarship program to address these needs.

2) Funding to deliver training on medical interpreting, cultural competency and occupational Spanish in the health and human service sector for organizations that are unable to afford these services.  
3) Help with the recruitment, training and support of Community Health Workers to provide health education and link to services for medically underserved populations.
Background Statement

Gulfcoast South AHEC connects students to careers, professionals to communities and communities to better health. We inspire, train, recruit and retain a diverse and broad range of health professionals to practice in communities where the need is greatest.

GSAHEC is affiliated with the University of South Florida AHEC Program, and was established in 1995 to serve Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties. GSAHEC is part of a larger, statewide network, the Florida AHEC Network, which includes five AHEC Programs and 10 centers covering all 67 counties of the state. We are also an active member of the National AHEC Organization. 

Health Careers Workforce Development and Diversity Initiatives - Our programs provide underserved youth with a variety of opportunities to explore the health field. Students are recruited from underserved, rural, and inner-city communities and underrepresented populations into primary care health fields, including medicine, nursing, and other health professions.

Advanced Cultural Competence Education and Support Services (ACCESS) - Trained medical interpreters can reduce language and cultural barriers, and increase adherence to treatment by improving the health care encounter between providers and patients. The results are better health outcomes for patients with limited/non English speaking skills and more satisfied providers. Our program offers medical interpreting training, certification preparation, language mediator training, basic occupational Spanish for the health care setting, cultural competency training and more.

Community Health Workers (CHW) Training - Based on national models and in collaboration with community organizations, GSAHEC trains and supports CHWs to provide health promotion and disease prevention education to at-risk populations in medically underserved areas. CHWs work almost exclusively in community settings and promote health among groups that have traditionally lacked access to adequate care.  

Continuing Professional Development and Health Information Resources - GSAHEC partners with organizations to provide cost-effective continuing education programs to meet health providers’ needs for licensure, certification and professional development. As a provider of continuing education, credit is offered for Florida licensed nurses, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments GSAHEC's programs focus on underserved, rural, and inner-city communities and underrepresented populations in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties. Our health education services are open to the community with the main goal of providing access to quality health care. We address health disparities - defined as higher rates of illness experienced by certain populations, including socially and economically disadvantaged families, racial and ethnic minorities, children, and older adults.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Health Care
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

We hope to bring to light the great potential to create healthier communities in the region. Planning for our future has reinforced the critical importance of our mission. This process has inspired a plan that requires us to stretch beyond the familiar, take risks, invest in our own capacity, and to become a leader in health education in the region.

Did you know that Florida ranks 33rd in overall health according to the 2015 America’s Health Rankings Report? We believe we can do better than that as a state and we are determined to make a difference in our region—Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties. To change this statistic, entire communities must be willing to make health a priority and invest the necessary resources to create meaningful transformation. Change of this nature will require a collective and continuous effort, driven by key partnerships within and between the nonprofit, public and private sectors. We must all be engaged and invested in achieving better health outcomes in our communities.

To do our part in shaping a better future, Gulfcoast South AHEC will build upon our past accomplishments. For the last 20 years, we have been successful in providing continuing education to health professionals, training and supporting community health workers, achieving positive outcomes in tobacco cessation, and inspiring and preparing youth to enter the health care professions that our
communities desperately need. We will continue to build on the momentum of our successes and stretch ourselves to achieve even more.

Over the next three years and beyond, our strategic priorities include addressing the health disparities of rural and underserved communities, providing access to health education and services to limited English proficient patients and those who care for them, and expanding programs and services that address the major health concerns in our communities through increased education and evidence-based behavior modification approaches. In the future, as public health problems arise, we will strive to be the voice of progress through education.
 
With this clear purpose, we focus and align with what matters most—people's health. With the support of engaged communities, our dedicated Board or Directors and competent staff, we will deliver on this promise. We look forward to continuing to advance the health and well-being of our communities. Together, we have an opportunity to transform health outcomes and improve the quality of life for all.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Gulfcoast South AHEC envisions healthy communities where every
person has access to quality care in our region. GSAHEC has a long history of serving the health education needs of Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties, and embedded in this service commitment has been the constant need to reach out and develop strong relationships within communities and the organizations that serve them. Celebrating 20 years of service, GSAHEC can look back with pride and look forward with hope.

We are at a place that offers both continuity and change. This has inspired the Board of Directors and staff to reaffirm their commitment to the communities GSAHEC serves. We are at a critical juncture in our history where we are called upon to expand our programs and services to address growing and emerging health concerns. By building upon our existing successful health related behavior-change model, the same success can be had in areas of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic health issues. However, greater community engagement will be critical to achieving greater results. Strategic partnerships, adopting a progressive funding model and attracting local support are all essential to our success.

The total population health of Florida residents is ranked below the national average. Health disparities—defined as higher rates of illness experienced by certain populations, including socially and economically disadvantaged families, racial and ethnic minorities, children, and older adults—are widespread. Disparities also exist in measures of health outcomes. Many communities, particularly in rural areas in our region, have limited access to certain health services. With rising morbidity rates and the prevalence of substance abuse and mental health conditions, our fractured systems of care have been unable to manage. In addition, healthcare workforce shortages in critical fields have led to compromised care, all while the state has been experiencing budget shortfalls, making consistent and significant cuts to healthcare over
the years. We know that local problems require local solutions. Health education plays a critical role in positively affecting health outcomes and improving the quality of our lives.
 
We are committed to creating collaborative solutions, evidence-based results, and building partnerships for better health. With the support and commitment of local communities, GSAHEC will accomplish even more through health education. 
Programs
Description

The U.S.is in the midst of a critical shortage of health professionals. GSAHEC’s goal is to recruit students into the health professions, through participation in a health careers job shadowing program, and create the workforce that is needed to provide healthcare now and in the not so distant future, especially in communities where the need for services is greatest. GSAHEC partners with health care organizations and academic health centers to provide job shadowing opportunities. Students are eligible to receive community service hours required for certain scholarships and financial aid. They are required to attend an orientation, which provides them with background information on health careers, professional etiquette and attire and HIPAA Regulations.

Budget $63,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Short Term Success

Twenty high school students will be recruited into the REACH Job Shadowing Program. Through health education projects and job shadowing experiences, the students increase their knowledge about health careers, learn to shape their own future by honing their research skills, prepare for the world of work by learning presentation skills, and explore careers by participating in hands-on activities with experienced health professionals. The students develop effective short and long term health career plans and increases their understanding of the importance of giving back to their community. For those involved in the school year program, each student is encouraged to complete a minimum of 48 hours of job shadowing assignments and 10 hours of research projects, with the potential to earn 48 hours of community service. For summer programs, students complete a minimum of 80 hours job shadowing and 10 hours of research projects, earning 80 hours of community service.

Long Term Success

GSAHEC REACH Job Shadowing students will learn the importance of giving back to their community through interactive public health discussions and projects highlighting the importance of serving the medically underserved populations. Long term benefits for the students will be determined by the number of students who go on to attend higher education institutions to achieve certifications or degrees within the health care professions.

Program Success Monitoring

To gauge the success of the REACH Job Shadowing Program, students will be required to journal their job shadowing  experiences, complete career presentations and projects, and complete evaluations. Ultimately, the success of the program will be measured by the number of students who become health care professionals. Students’ higher education achievements will be tracked using the National Student Clearinghouse database.

Program Success Examples

Summer 2015:  4 students, 360 program hours.

School Year 2015-2016:  15 students, 776 program hours.

Summer 2016:  9 students, approximately 672 program hours.

School Year 2016-2017:   9 students, approximately 432 hours 
Description The United States is facing critical shortages of health professionals and GSAHEC strives to be part of the solution. The goals of the REACH Health Career Camps are to recruit students into the health professions, especially in communities where the need for services is greatest. The objective of GSAHEC’s REACH Camp Program is to provide youth in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties with the information and hands-on experiences to explore health careers. 
Budget $77,000
Category Health Care, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Short Term Success Through projects, hands-on activities, guest speakers and field trips, students will increase their knowledge about health careers, develop effective short and long term educational and health career plans, and further their understanding of the importance of giving back to their community.
Long Term Success GSAHEC's REACH Health Career Camp students will learn the importance of giving back to their community through interactive public health discussions and projects highlighting the importance of serving  medically underserved populations. Long term benefits for the students will be determined by the number of students who go on to attend higher education institutions to achieve certifications or degrees within the health care professions.  
Program Success Monitoring

To gauge the success of the REACH Health Career Camp Program, students will be required to journal their camp experiences, create career presentations, and complete evaluations. Ultimately, the success of the program will be measured by the number of students who become health care professionals. Students’ higher education achievements will be tracked using the National Student Clearinghouse database.

Program Success Examples

Summer 2015: 7 camps, 117 students, 327 program hours.

School Year 2015-2016:  3 camps, 48 students, 165 program hours.

Summer 2016:  5 camps, 77 students, 210 program hours.

School Year 2016-2017: 5 camps, approximately 68 students and 215 program hours. 
Description

Trained interpreters can reduce language and cultural barriers by enhancing the health care encounter between health care providers and patients. The results are increased utilization of preventative services, follow up care and adherence to treatment; and better health outcomes for patients with limited/non English speaking skills.

The availability of culturally and linguistically competent health services continues to be recognized as a pre-requisite for quality health care. With the growing number of Florida residents who speak a language other than English (more than 27% of the population), there is an increasing demand for qualified interpreters in the health care setting.
 
GSAHEC’s ACCESS Program offers medical interpreting training, certification preparation, language mediator training, basic occupational Spanish for the health care setting, cultural competency training and more.
Budget $43,000
Category Health Care, General/Other Preventive Health
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Minorities Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

Our Medical Interpreting Training program addresses the need for compliance with Joint Commission and Title VI requirements, while increasing the utilization of preventative services, follow up care and adherence to treatment by Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients.

Studies have shown that when trained interpreters are NOT used, LEP individuals are more likely to be re-admitted within 30 days of discharge, may be at a greater risk for medical errors and have longer lengths of hospital stays. All of these factors greatly impact the quality and cost of health care services.

Long Term Success

Long term success includes awareness of the benefits of using qualified interpreters for health care and human service providers as well as Limited English Proficient (LEP) community members. This program will improve the outcome of the health encounters between providers and LEP patients by improving the communication and understanding of information exchanged.   

In addition, GSAHEC’s ACCESS program will improve the understanding of the LEP population on how the health care system works and the best way to use the available resources, enabling underserved LEP individuals to seek care when needed without the hesitation that results from the language barrier. 

Further, the ACCESS Program provides opportunities for individuals to invest in their future by increasing their skills. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: “Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 29 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.”
Program Success Monitoring

Monitor rates of re-admission for Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients

Survey service recipients satisfaction 

Survey service recipient's families 

Compare level of satisfaction with the levels before the program was implemented among the same  LEP population

Program Success Examples

GSAHEC is in the beginning stages of launching the ACCESS Program and will be able to report on our success at a later date, however, our ACCESS Program Coordinator has more than 17 years of experience in the interpreting field and provides the following testimonies:

  • Witnessed first time mothers choosing to breastfeed their babies, despite declaring that they would not do it, after talking to a breast feeding specialist in their own language and clearing all their doubts with the help of an interpreter.  
  • Diabetic patients improving their eating habits, lowering their dependency on medicine and adhering to their specific diets after having just one meeting with a dietitian that uses a qualified interpreter.
  • Alcohol dependent patients opening up about the cause of their addiction due to the presence of a person that can communicate their "exact" feelings to the health care provider that is assisting them.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Darlene Sparks MLA
CEO Term Start July 2015
CEO/Executive Director Email darlenesparks@health.usf.edu
Experience

Darlene Sparks has a long record of leadership in health and medical education. Most recently, Sparks served for five years as Campus Administrator, managing the Sarasota Regional Campus of the FSU College of Medicine, where third and fourth year medical students receive their clinical training leading to the MD degree. She arranged clinical rotations for rural and underserved communities through the college's Community Medicine course, and coordinated first year students in their first clinical rotation during their FSU Summer Clinical Practicum. Sparks was instrumental in raising funds for scholarships and developed a 10 year Anniversary fund drive. 

As a member of the USF Advancement Team, she raised over $250,000 for scholarships through the Brunch on the Bay Celebration, an annual campaign to help USF Sarasota Manatee achieve scholarship goals, especially for first generation college attendees.

Previous to coming to Florida, Darlene was Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development at the Annenberg Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Managing a 100,000 sq. ft. performing arts facility that hosted over 80,000 visitors per year. Darlene Sparks was responsible for all financial and management decisions including contract negotiations with presenters, strategic planning and overseeing rental income from external and internal programs.  

Darlene’s indoctrination into the field of medicine came from her role early in her career as the Administrative Director of the Clinical Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. There she oversaw the peer review process of a multidisciplinary research advisory committee, assisted investigators in the submission of clinical protocols, managed the grants for operations and training clinical researchers and was responsible for the application of supporting grants of over $20 million.

 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Edna Apostol Sept 1996 - May 2015
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ansley Mora Assistant Director Core Programs
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 9
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 75
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 6
Volunteers 10
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations

Girls, Inc., Sarasota Y Achievers, Links to Success Desoto County, Jewish Family & Children Services of the Suncoast, Macedonia Human Services Cultural Training Center, Healthy Start Coalition Manatee, American Cancer Society, Southwest Florida Cancer Control Collaborative, Manatee Technical College, Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, local academic and hospital system partners.
 

External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Community Parnter AwardAmerican Cancer Society2010
Community Partner AwardAmerican Cancer Society2015
Salute to Our PartnerThe Health Councils2008
Osteoporosis Prevention and Education ProgramFlorida Department of Health2002
Outstanding Business PartnerSarasota County Public Schools2007
AHEC Center Award for ExcellenceNational AHEC Organization2006
Service AppreciationCharlotte County Healthy Start Coalition2006
Service AppreciationCharlotte County Healthy Start Coalition2015
Support of Dental ProgramUF College of Dentistry2003
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2016
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Under Development
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Comments
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization

Continuity of Operations Plan: At this time, we do not have a formal plan, however, we have external resources to guarantee the safety of our computers and the data on external sites for immediate recovery in the case of a disaster.

Non-Discrimination Policy: This is included in the employee personnel manual.

Other Documents
Other Document 2
Document Destruction Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Kimberly Bland CDA, BS, M.ED.
Company Affiliation Manatee Technical College
Board Term Sept 2016 to Sept 2017
Board Chair Email bland.kimberly@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Kimberly Bland CDA, BS, M. Ed.Manatee Technical College
Jill Garrett MSN, ARNP-BCSMH Secondary Stroke & TIA Prevention Care
Steven Hardt MA, RRT-ACCSSt. Petersburg College
David J. Harris Manatee Technical College
Liane Khoumphonphakdy RNStudent Representative
Dianne Nugent MSN, NE-BC, BSN, RNFlorida Department of Health, Charlotte County
Virginia Sirocky Community Volunteer
Anne Wenders MPHUSF AHEC Tampa
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 93
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 80
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Personnel
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $1,000,622.00
Projected Expenses $1,014,489.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,067,641$929,175$990,715
Administration Expense$42,998$41,789$34,650
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.890.930.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%96%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,389,589$2,492,242$2,572,383
Current Assets$2,257,349$2,386,263$2,514,037
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$71,291$40,255$46,920
Total Net Assets$2,318,298$2,451,987$2,525,463
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $966,501Contributions, gifts, grants $886,725Contributions, gifts, grants $971,889
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $17,019Investment Income $8,411Investment Income $8,613
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $40Program Fees & Other $3,905Program Fees $2,700
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities31.6659.2853.58
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990 and audited financial statements.  Contributions may include foundation and corporate support as they are not separately stated.
Nonprofit Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center Inc
Address 2201 CANTU CT STE 220
SARASOTA , FL 34232 6255
Phone 941 361-6602

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