What is Healthy Lee?

Improving & Advocating for the health of Lee County citizens

Healthy Lee is a community-driven cross-sector collaborative including businesses, education, government, healthcare, social services, faith communities, and others. Our vision is that every Southwest Florida resident and visitor will live a life of optimal health and well-being.

Healthy Lee is led by a Steering Committee of nearly 60 community leaders, has a strategic plan, a membership of over 300 active participants, and is chaired by a local business CEO, currently Gary Griffin, President and CEO of B&I Contractors, creating a culture of healthy lifestyles through engaged and committed leadership representing the entire community and aligned behind common goals and a shared mission, to inspire Southwest Florida toward health and well-being by supporting and promoting community programs and resources.

We also support ongoing engagement around four core goals:

Access to Healthcare

Cardiovascular & Respiratory Health

Behavioral Health & Substance Use

Nutrition, Physical Activity, Weight & Diabetes

We are always looking to include community organizations that are devoted to improving equitable health and well-being in our community. Our work is rooted in the findings of the triennial Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The Lifestyle Coalition focuses on nutrition, physical activity, weight, diabetes and cardiovascular & respiratory. Behavioral health and substance use disorder, along with access to healthcare and improving health literacy, are other initiatives we focus on.

Please reach out to cheryl.schlichte@leehealth.org to schedule a time to discuss this further.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we might better partner to engage our community.

Health Equity in Lee County

Access to healthcare in the community is not just a privilege; it’s a fundamental right that ensures the well-being of every individual. At the heart of Healthy Lee lies the concept of health equity, where everyone, regardless of their background, income, or social status, has equal opportunities to access quality healthcare services. Health equity fosters a society where no one is left behind, where preventive care and treatment are accessible to all, paving the way for healthier communities and a brighter future. By prioritizing access to healthcare, Healthy Lee can address disparities, promote social justice, and ultimately create a more inclusive and prosperous society where everyone has the chance to thrive.