In 1998 we held our first meeting at Holiday Inn to discuss forming the Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community.The overwhelming consensus of the group was that we should begin right away!
In May of 1999 the Mission and Vision for the Partnership was developed. We started that Fall with the goal of making Suffolk a healthier city. Mr. William Giermak, president of Obici Hospital was selected as the first chairman. The name SPHC was selected as well.
In 2001 a community assessment was done to identify the health issues of Suffolk’s population. In 2001, Virginia Savage was elected President of the Partnership, and eventually served 8 years in this role.
In 2016, we rebranded as Healthy Suffolk, and our dedication to the Suffolk community continues.
The bylaws were written and approved and an action plan was implemented for community awareness of the health benefits of healthy eating fitness.
Our articles of incorporation were filed.
In 2005 discussions began around the feasibility of the SPHC creating a free clinic.
The Partnership formed a free clinic steering committee which joined with the Western Tidewater Community Services Board to create a larger steering committee for the purpose of planning a free clinic in Western Tidewater, serving the citizens of Suffolk, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Southampton County, and Smithfield.
A grant project coordinator was hired for the healthy eating and fitness taskforce to conduct focus groups throughout the city to address the issue of obesity,
Through 2008 and 2009 the board recruited many new members throughout the city representing the city and the private sector.