Northwest Florida Health Council (District 1) Also Known as Northwest Florida Big Bend Health Council
Pursuant to §408.033, Florida Statutes, this local health council was established in accordance with the Health Facilities and Services Development Act as a private non profit organization serving Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties.
The council serves to assist the state of Florida with planning for health facilities and services, providing a health data repository and helping counties and local communities to obtain better health care. Based on a rotating formula, the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners appoints six members to the council. The appointees are representatives of health care providers, health care purchasers, and non-governmental health care consumers, but not excluding elected governmental officials. The members of the consumer group shall include a representative number of persons over 60 years of age. A majority of the council members shall consist of health care purchasers and health care consumers. Each member shall serve a two-year term effective Oct. 1 of the appointment year and ending Sept. 30 of the year the term expires.