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Florida Blue Foundation Community Health Symposium

Community Health Symposium

The Community Health Symposium is an annual event that provides organizations within the state of Florida opportunities to help improve the wellness of Floridians. In addition, it provides a way for members of the community to discuss critical health care issues and look for solutions to affordability, access, and quality.

The 2025 Community Health Symposium and Sapphire Awards is set for May 1-2, 2025, at the Renaissance Sea World. Check back often for updates.

Sapphire Awards

The Sapphire Awards honor programs, organizations, and individuals that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in addressing community health issues. Since 2005, a total of 148 Sapphire Awards totaling $7.5 million have been presented.

Learn more about the nine 2024 Sapphire Award recipients.

Sapphire Award Winners

2024 Sapphire Award Recipients - pictured, left to right.

Individual Category: First Place - Dr. Carolyn M. Tucker, UF; Second Place - Dr. Candace Hodgkins, Gateway Community Services; Third Place - Barbara Fradkin, Brevard Parkinson’s Alliance.

Organization Category: First Place - Eddy Moratin, Lift Orlando; Second Place - Nancy Brinker, Promise Fund of Florida; Third Place - Allison Hill, Lakeview Center. 

Program Category: First Place - Lorena Hardwick, Feeding Tampa Bay, Food Rx Program; Second Place - Joseph Zolobczuk, YES Institute, Inclusive and Healthy Futures Program; Third Place - Aubree Moore, Brevard Health Alliance at Endeavour Elementary School.

2023 Highlights

Florida Blue Foundation’s Community Health Symposium and Sapphire Awards is an annual two-day event that brings together thought leaders, community partners, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the health of the communities in our state. This year’s event focused on mental well-being, one of three focus areas for the Foundation that have a significant impact on overall health and health outcomes.

Community Health Symposium and Sapphire Awards Video

Upcoming Events

2025 Community Health Symposium and Sapphire Awards

Shared Issues. Local Solutions – Improving Health at the Community Level

  • Event Time: May 1-2, 2025

  • Location: Renaissance Sea World, Orlando

  • What to Expect: Hear from dynamic, inspirational speakers, participate in professional development workshops, network with attendees, recognize excellence and innovation with the annual Sapphire Awards, and return home energized with ideas to share. More to come!

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