Movement Talks - May 11, 2017

The Children's Movement Pasco County Board of Advisors held its inaugural meeting last night during a Movement Talks dinner at the Seven Spring Golf and Country Club in Trinity.

Board chair Rick Hess, president and CEO of Pasco Kids First, asked members to identify ways to help local children birth to 5 reach their full potential. This is one of the objectives of the Movement Talks dinners, which are held statewide with the generous support of AT&T.

Early literacy was raised by some members. Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano suggested expanding the use bookmobiles to serve areas that don't have libraries. New Port Richey Mayor Rob Marlowe called for strengthening the library system as a resource for the community.

Meanwhile, nurse-practitioner Sue Hinds, owner of WeeCare Clinic in Holiday, expressed frustration that some families have to use the hospital emergency room for primary-care services.

"We shouldn't have mild issues such as head lice or pink eye being treated in the emergency rooms," she said. "But sometimes these families have nowhere else to go because they don't have insurance or the providers in their area do not accept their plans."

The board plans to continue addressing early childhood barriers at future meetings. Board members will also work to identify community and legislative champions for children as they gear up for next meeting in July.

We would love to meet you! Want us to host a Movement Talks dinner in your area? Let us know.

Thank you.

Khanisa Nelson
Outreach and Engagement Coordinator-Tampa Bay Region
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