Health & Human Services Committee Virtual Presentation
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CareerSource Palm Beach County, Michael Corbit, Vice President, Business Development FoundCare, Yolette Bonnet, CEO Community Partners of South Florida, Lynda Charles, VP of Housing Services
Michael Corbit is Vice President of Business Development for CareerSource Palm Beach County, our regional workforce board. Through CareerSource Michael collaborates with regional businesses, government, education & industry leaders to spur job growth and economic development.
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Yolette Bonnet is the founder and CEO of FoundCare, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center that offers adult and pediatric primary care services to individuals and families in Palm Beach County. Ms. Bonnet was instrumental in getting the federal designation for the health center and turned the organization into a one-stop-shop for families in need, regardless of their ability to pay.
Ms. Bonnet, her board of directors, and support staff have successfully transformed FoundCare (which started as a social service organization) into a community health center that provides comprehensive care to all people, including the uninsured and low-income population. She expanded the organization from one to seven sites in Palm Beach County, with the seventh location set to open in early 2021. Ms. Bonnet has played a key role in overseeing the renovations and construction of these centers. She delivers continuous revenue growth, expanding the organization's budget from $3 Million per year to about $40 Million per year. Throughout the years, Ms. Bonnet has raised over a million dollars in grants and donations for the organization.
With a commitment to improving access to health care, Ms. Bonnet increased patient visits from 2,000 to almost 19,000 patients in 2019. She went from overseeing a staff of 50 to overseeing over 200 employees in 2021. Ms. Bonnet has also worked diligently to expand FoundCare’s services, offering key, primary care services under one roof. Services now include adult and pediatric primary care, behavioral health services, chronic disease management, women's health (including mammograms), dentistry, laboratory services, x-rays, and an on-site pharmacy.
Ms. Bonnet holds an MBA from Dowling College in New York. She sits on many nonprofit and government boards in Palm Beach County, including the Palm Beach Medical Society Service Board and formerly the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Outside the scope of her job, Ms. Bonnet mentors female leaders and executive directors. She has been a member of The Executive Women of the Palm Beaches for many years.
Around FoundCare, Ms. Bonnet is known for her fiery personality and get it done attitude, a commanding presence in any room she walks into. A skilled healthcare administrator and a dedicated advocate for universal healthcare services, Ms. Bonnet has received many esteemed awards for herself and the organization. In 2021, Ms. Bonnet received the Prestigious Women Award honor through South Florida Business & Wealth. In 2006, she received the respected Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award, which honors individuals who are changing systems and offering solutions that lead to health equity.
Ms. Bonnet is a proud mother of four children (among them two doctors and one lawyer) and a grandmother of four. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Lynda Charles started with CPSFL in September 2016 as the vice president of housing services. She has served as a planner with Palm Beach County Housing and Community Development, a senior program officer and chief underwriter for the South Florida Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the principal creator of Neighborhood-Based Developers and Consultants, and as the deputy director of the Haitian American Community Development Corporation in Miami.
With an ability to effectively and creatively shift her professional mindset, Lynda oversees CPSFL's homeownership promotion and preservation, financial capability, supportive housing, and lending services. Lynda has decades of extensive experience in planning, monitoring, supervising, and implementing housing and community redevelopment projects. Her expertise includes working with and providing technical assistance to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs). Lynda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Arts in Urban Planning from Florida Atlantic University (FAU).
Originally from Haiti, Lynda speaks fluent Creole and conversational French. She moved to Miami almost 30 years ago and later relocated to Boca Raton to attend FAU. She says she loves the team atmosphere that she and her housing staff have been able to create at CPSFL In her spare time, Lynda enjoys traveling, reading, and watching lots of exciting police shows on television.
1.Homeownership in time of COVID? How has it affected Palm Beach County and particularly disadvantaged communities
2. Rental – has rent increased? What kind of assistance is available?
3. How has unemployment affect the market and particularly lower income households, and particularly people who are experiencing health issues, physical or mental.
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