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Press Releases 

  • March 4, 2022: From Suncoast Villages to UPLIFT Florida Network - Read here

  • November 1, 2021: UPLIFT Florida Network will Present At Florida Blue's Community Health Symposium and Sapphire Award - Read here


In the News 




"UPLIFT Florida Network Presents at Florida Blue Foundation 2022 Community Health Symposium and Saphhire Awards"

May 2022

by Deborah Gauvreau, consultant with The Patterson Foundation 

With more than 550 attendees, the Florida Blue Foundation held its 17th Annual Community Health Symposium and Sapphire Awards conference May 4–5, 2022. The theme of this year's Symposium was Big Issues in Health: A Focus on Health Equity.
UPLIFT Florida Network was honored to present, Healthy Aging for All Floridians – A Fresh Approach. Read more here. 

"Restorative Cities"

April 2022

by Deborah Gauvreau, consultant with The Patterson Foundation 

Dr. Jenny Roe is a pioneer in restorative environments. This topic is exciting because the pandemic exacerbated mental health challenges for many. Dr. Roe recently presented to leaders in Sarasota County thanks to the Sarasota Downton Condominium Association. Attendees learned how we can actively improve our mental health and well-being by focusing on creating "Restorative Cities."We learned from Dr. Roe's evidence-based research that, done well, our built environments can have powerful positive impacts on mental health and well-being. Read more here.

"The UPLIFT Journey"

March 2022

by Kiarra Louis, consultant with The Patterson Foundation

Connecting with people who share similar interests, engaging in stimulating activities, and accessing resources that enrich our lives is essential to maintaining our health and well-being. With this secret to healthy aging in mind, a group of Sarasota residents supported in their efforts by Deborah Gauvreau from The Patterson Foundation originally began developing a village in Sarasota. Why a village? Read more here. 


"Suncoast Villages Unveils a New Name and a New Corporation"

November 2021

by Emile Gauvreau, UPLIFT Florida Network

Effective November 6, 2021, Suncoast Villages has a new name! After an intense brainstorming process – sharing, research, review, and more brainstorming – a new name was selected. A new Florida corporation, UPLIFT Florida Network, Inc. has been registered. The purpose of UPLIFT Florida Network remains the same: To improve the well-being of our community members via a network supporting individuals thriving in community. Read more here.


"Proceed as the Way Opens," November 2021

by Barbara Shearer, Co-Lead, Neighbors Network in Lee County 

The Village to Village Network annual conference, called The Gathering, was held on Zoom from October 5–7, 2021. The Gathering offers an opportunity for members to learn best practices from villages across the United States and Canada about new technologies, new features of primary village website management systems. Read more here

"UPLIFT Florida Network Launches Village Development

October 2021

by Emile Gauvreau, UPLIFT Florida Network

UPLIFT Florida Network, Inc. is beginning to form new community-based villages in the downtown Sarasota area, Lee County, Bradenton, and Longboat Key. The development and support of villages is the

"It Takes a Village"

August 2021

by Sue Berger (Firestone), Sarasota County's Aging System Policy Coordinator  

“It takes a village to raise a child” is an African proverb that means that an entire community of people must interact with children for them to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment. The phrase and its intrinsic meaning demonstrate the collective approach necessary to bring about or achieve meaningful change. I believe this phrase can apply to people of all ages. Read more here