The mission of the Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida, Inc. is to promote available, efficient, cost-effective quality health services for persons of Southwest Florida and to be the preferred provider for health related information and data and a resource for health programs and services.
The Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida, Inc. (HPCSWF) was authorized by Florida Statute in 1982 to plan for the health care needs of the residents of seven counties – Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota (Area 8). The responsibility for planning efficient, cost-effective health systems is shared with the Florida Department of Health (DOH), the Agency for Health Care Administrative (AHCA), and a statewide network of 11 local health planning councils.
HPCSWF, through its Board of Directors, brings together interested consumers, providers and purchasers of health services in a neutral environment to collaborate on developing and implementing plans and programs to improve the health care system for the area. HPCSWF has a partnership with public health departments, community health centers, state agencies, providers and consumers. HPCSWF provides health statistics and reports through quantitative data gathering, data analysis, implementing focus groups and facilitating community meetings. HPCSWF’s philosophy maintains that policies relevant to residents of Southwest Florida can best be attained through participatory processes.
HPCSWF works to increase the availability and accessibility of data regarding health needs and health services within the region. Consequently, providing health data remains a primary focus of the HPCSWF. Of particular interest to the HPCSWF is to improve access to health care for persons with limited financial resources and to reduce disparities in health status.
HPCSWF is committed to soliciting community involvement for its planning initiatives. In addition to its planning functions, HPCSWF is the Lead Agency for the following health-related programs: Early Steps/Early Intervention Program serving children ages 0 to 3 with developmental disabilities and their families in two areas Southwest Florida including Collier, Lee, Glades and Hendry counties and Gulf Central including Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, Highlands, Hardee and Sarasota Counties; Ryan White Title II, a program providing access to medical and related services to low income persons with HIV/AIDS in Area 8; Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), a program providing emergency, temporary housing assistance to persons with HIV-related needs; ADAP Premium Plus, a program providing health insurance premium, deductible and co-payment assistance to low income persons with HIV/AIDS.