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Job Opening - Grant Specialist at Florida Department of Health (Polk County) - April 19, 2013


This temporary OPS position will serve as the grants specialist for the Polk County Health Department. This position is responsible for coordinating and/or analyzing the review, application and/or maintenance of funding sources for a variety of grant-in-aid programs; or researching grant/contract programs, defining the administrative and financial practices of grantees, and preparing reports for submission to grantors.

Grant Application and Coordination
• Serves as lead for agency grant application process.
• Formulates and assists grant applicants in planning and preparing grant requests.
• Follows the “Polk County Grant Application Review & Approval Process” to gain approval for grant applications.
• Reviews grant applications to ensure compliance with program and financial requirements and agency goals.
• Analyzes and evaluates grant application content relative to the goals, scope and priorities of the grant-in-aid programs.
• Develops and maintains a categorical inventory to track status of grants and location of application documents.
• Responsible for monitoring DOH policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure compliance with grants management requirements.
• Reviews and updates agency grants process procedures (standard operating procedures).
• Assists in the analysis of administrative grant monitoring and training needs.
• Participates in the development of materials for orientation and training related to grants services administration.

Grant Research
• Researches and applies for grants to increase funding for programs and services based on agency and community needs.
• Serves as a technical resource and collaborates with local health system partners in grant applications.

• Performs related work as required.
• Conducts special projects and supports administrative and management activities
• Prepares and maintains regular reports and records describing activities in the assigned area of responsibility
• Attends team meetings, training and in-service programs as required and maintains computer competency necessary for job competency

• Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective communication.
• Knowledge of administrative principles and practices.
• Knowledge of the methods of data collection.
• Ability to review and monitor policies and procedures for compliance with applicable requirements.
• Ability to evaluate and analyze data relating to grants management activities.
• Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to grants management activities.
• Ability to develop and organize data into logical format for presentation in reports, proposals and other written documents.
• Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.
• Ability to work independently.
• Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
• Ability to communicate effectively.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

• A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and two years of professional administrative, fiscal, planning, program evaluation, program monitoring, education, social services, health or rehabilitative services experience.
• A master's degree from an accredited college or university can substitute for one year of the required experience.
• Professional or nonprofessional experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

PAY: $20.00 per hour plus 1.45 % Fringe/40 hours per week

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Nonprofit Spotlight - April - April 12, 2013

Lakeland Volunteers In Medicine:

Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM) began as a dream of various community leaders and organizations in 1999. Led primarily by various Watson Clinic physicians and the Watson Clinic Foundation, Lakeland came together to find ways to meet the healthcare challenges of the working uninsured in Lakeland. In 2000, a fundraising campaign was launched, which resulted in the dream becoming a reality in the old John Cox Grammar School on Lakeland Hills Boulevard.

Now eleven years later, LVIM’s vision is, “may we have the eyes to see those who are rendered invisible and excluded, open arms to reach out and include them, healing hands to touch their lives with love and in the process, heal ourselves.”

LVIM’s mission is providing free primary health care to the working uninsured of Polk County. By creating a compassionate and nurturing environment for patients, volunteers and staff based on the philosophy that healing does not begin with a pill or a therapy. All patients are treated with dignity and respect they deserve while receiving quality healthcare and medicine they need to continue being productive community members. LVIM also helps to reduce inappropriate emergency room visits and strives for a healthier community by providing services the working uninsured would struggle to attain elsewhere.

In addition to primary care, LVIM has many specialist volunteering their time at LVIM or in their offices in the areas of asthma, cardiology, chiropractic, ophthalmology, pediatrics, dermatology, ENT, GI, dental clinic, orthopedics, ophthalmology, pediatrics, physical therapy, podiatry, general surgery, vascular consults and women’s health. LVIM leverages every available community resource to provide vital tests or procedures LVIM patients need.


Little did Mr. and Mrs. DeLeon know that when they boarded a train heading to Miami that day that their prayers were about to be answered. In declining health, especially Elsie DeLeon, because they couldn’t afford insurance, they were quietly discussing how much longer they could hang on and what they were going to do. A young lady overhead them and politely told them about Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. Mrs. DeLeon, who has survived various cancers asked, “How could there be such a place? Nobody gives healthcare for free!”

When they got back home they made an appointment and were cautiously optimistic that they would soon get well. The DeLeon’s were overjoyed when they were able to become patients at Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. Mrs. DeLeon was able to get the necessary surgery she needed to overcome her cancer and her cholesterol levels were so high that she was dangerously close to acute cardiac complications. She is now able to control her cholesterol through the Chronic Disease Management Program at LVIM. Through the program she learned how to eat well and maintain a healthier lifestyle

The Deleon’s said that they never had health insurance before and were pleasantly surprised at how well they were treated at a free clinic. Mrs. DeLeon stated that, “the doctors at LVIM treat you as a whole – your body, mind and soul.” After using the services of LVIM’s clinical staff and pharmacy, they are now both able to earn livings again as artists and have won several awards. Some of their paintings even hang in the Clinic lobby.

Mr. DeLeon, a minister, says that, “yes, there really is a place that gives free healthcare. They treat you with dignity and respect – from the people who greet you at the door, to the doctors who care for you. God bless LVIM.”

How can EMERGE members get involved?

The Race Is On! Mark your calendars for Friday, April 26th 2013!

The Lakeland Derby is an annual “Derby Style” event staged on beautiful Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland. With the entertaining flair of the event and the competitive spirit of the race, the Derby again promises to be a memorable occasion in 2013. Adding to the excitement, the Derby is scheduled on Friday, April 26th, 2013, just one week prior to the Kentucky Derby.

The Lakeland Derby captures the thrill of a race and the purity of sports entertainment in a hometown setting. The true essence of the Derby is the reward of knowing the proceeds will support Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. The Derby features ten beautifully hand-crafted swan paddle boats in a thrilling race to the finish line.

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Member Spotlight - Colleen Mangan - April 1, 2013

Name: Colleen Mangan

Age (optional): 33

Member Since: 2006

Personal Motto: With God's help, I will become myself

High fives or fist bumps? High five nerd...residual from too many high school sports!

Hometown: Fort Myers, FL

Profession/Current Position: Community Health Improvement Planner

What did you have for dinner last night? Chipotle

What is your favorite thing about Emerge: What our committees accomplish together! The dedication of people, the fun that we have and the amazing work that gets done in each committee is amazing.

Best present ever received: Love

Would you take $20 or whats in the box? Well...tell me what's in the box first.

Theater or Theatre? YES, please!!

Favorite place to eat in Lakeland: Fresco's

Favorite thing to do in Lakeland: Walk our gorgeous lakes!!

Favorite superhero: Gem, because she was truly outrageous and contagious.

Mac or PC: PC

Passions/Hobbies: Passions: Seeing personal growth in individuals and experiencing what a great team can accomplish when they work together.

Hobbies: Dancing, Kickball, Yoga. I'm not's got to be movement oriented!!

Goal for the year: To maintain a work/LIFE balance :)

Early riser or night owl. Night owl undergoing conversion to early riser.

Favorite ice cream topping: Caramel. Always caramel.

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