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Plant City Community Resource Center provides information on health benefits

The Hillsborough County Healthy Living Center held an open house on April 16 to educate county residents about the health benefits.

It took place at one of their three locations – the Plant City Community Resource Center. There, visitors could take advantage of the opportunity to receive free health screenings, vaccinations, giveaways, children’s activities and more.

After being stalled by COVID-19, it reopened last July, but this is the first open house since the shutdown. However, virtual education and exercise courses continued to be offered.

Paulett Davis is the manager of the county’s residential center. It supports the delivery of timely, innovative and cost-effective service delivery.

“We are so happy to be back and able to host our open house again,” Davis said. “We’ve obviously been delayed a bit because of COVID, but we can come back and do these full open house programs. This is one way to reach out to the community.”

The other two community resource centers are located in Tampa and Ruskin.

The courses and programs offered are:

• Heart Health Courses

• Program to prevent and treat diabetes

• Cancer awareness/prevention courses

• Weight loss programs

• Healthy Cooking Classes

• Group walking courses

• Quarterly health check-ups

Hillsborough County residents and members of the Hillsborough County Health Care Plan are eligible to participate in the Healthy Living program and it is free.

The organization Feeding Tampa Bay has partnered with the residential center to provide food to underprivileged people in the community. Last year, over 95 million meals were served in 10 counties, and 98% of donations go to its programs.

It also works with the BayCare Health System and the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County. BayCare has 15 hospitals in Florida, including South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City. It offers basic care such as family, child and internal medicine. In terms of specialty care, it focuses on behavioral health, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular care, maternity, neuroscience and orthopedics. And there’s also immediate care, imaging and labs, follow-up care, and affinity care.

The Florida Department of Health has a variety of programs for aging, resources for the elderly, breast and cervical cancer screening programs, and more.

Representatives from the Children’s Board Family Resource Center in Plant City were also present. While the name suggests it’s all-kids, its demographics are much broader.

“We offer services and activities for all ages…arts and crafts activities, a movie day and some type of family activity,” said Juli Day, manager of the children’s resource center. “We also have many partners who offer educational courses for us.”

In addition, the services are free. Uninsured or Medicaid-insured families are entitled to have their children receive physical exams, immunizations, vision, hearing, and developmental screenings.

Mobile medical clinics are stationed in resource centers, CPR and car seat safety courses are also offered. With the latter, course participants receive a free car seat for their child.

The Children’s Resource Center partners with Suncoast Community Health Centers, which brings a mobile dental clinic to the site and offers cleanings and x-rays, among other services.

ReDefiners World Languages ​​offers courses to teach English, Mandarin, Spanish and Arabic.

“We have a wide variety of things, and if we don’t have them now, we may have them in the future,” Day said. “We have a rotating calendar. You can see any calendar from any seven centers.”

The Plant City Community Resource Center is located at 307 N. Michigan Ave.

For more information about the resource center, call (813) 752-8700 or visit

The Children’s Board’s Family Resource Center in Plant City is located at 301 N. Palmer St.

For more information about the Children’s Resource Center, call (813) 757-3871 or visit

To receive the service, come to the offices with a photo ID or driver’s license.

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