Health Council of West Central Florida


The Health Council of West Central Florida (HCWCF) is one of eleven health councils established by the Florida Statute in 1983 (F.S. 408.033). It is a private non-profit agency governed by a Board of Directors appointed by County Commissioners to represent the concerns of health care consumers, providers, and purchasers at the local level. HCWCF serves residents in Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee and Polk counties.

The Health Council of West Central Florida is committed to assessing the health status and resources of area residents and assisting communities with solutions to meet emerging needs.

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Manatee County Representative Eligibility

Manatee County appoints two members to the Advisory Board for two year terms. Currently the County Commission has appointed:

  • Health Care Consumer over the age of 60
  • Health Care Provider

Note: The appointment categories may change when vacancies arise based on the needs of the Advisory Board.


The Advisory Board Application must be completed and submitted for the applicant to be considered for appointment. The application form is available for downloading on the Apply for an Advisory Board page.

For questions or additional information contact Joshua Barnett, Health Care Services Division Manager, at (941) 749-3030.


The Council meets the second Thursday of each month at 3:30 PM at the Health Council offices located at 550 N. Reo St, Tampa, FL.

Current Members

Manatee County
Charles O. Ward, Consumer 60+, Term expires 9/30/2018
Dr. Eric Folkens, Provider, Term expires 9/30/2018

Hardee County
Vacant Seat, Consumer

Highlands County
Vacant Seat, Consumer

Hillsborough County
Ian Galloway, Consumer (Treasurer)
Carole Mackey, Provider
Russell Patterson, Consumer 60+
Vacant, Provider
Vacant, Purchaser

Polk County
James Wesley Nall, Consumer 60+
Vacant, Consumer
Vacant Seat, Provider

Recent Projects

Manatee Food Policy Council
The Health Council is collaborating with the County Health Department to bring a Food Policy Council (FPC) to Manatee County. The FPC brings together stakeholders from diverse food-related sectors to develop inventive solutions for improving the social, economic, and environmental health of a given community’s food system through the analysis of the existing system, cultivating partnership among the different food sectors, advocating for policy change, and educating the public.

The FPC includes representatives from food production, distribution, retail, wholesale, transportation, government, processing, education, hunger prevention, and the general public. Agriculture is a major contributor to Manatee County’s economy and proper nutrition plays a significant part in the health of the community.

For more information contact Teresa Kelly at (727) 217-7070 ext. 16 or by email at

Other Links of Interest:
Policy Compendium
Food Access Survey Results