28 Vision Polk County will have a Quality of Life that encourages diverse backgrounds to live in harmony while developing physically, spiritually, mentally, and culturally, within a healthy and safe environment. Marcia Andresen Chair Polk County BoCC Steve Bissonnette VISTE Gail Bagley RATH Connextions Center Penny Borgia United Way of Central Florida The term “quality of life” has Taylor Freeman Florida Department of Health in Polk County meaning for nearly everyone and every academic discipline, Dr. Daniel O. Haight Lakeland Regional Health individuals and groups may define it differently. Although health is one of the important domains of overall Cathy Hatch Polk County BoCC quality of life, there are many other aspects — jobs, housing, schools, and Myron A. Harvey, Ph.D. Human Capital Consulting built environments. Intangibles such as culture, values, and spirituality are also key domains of overall quality of Susan Hurlburt Community Volunteer life that add to the complexity of its definition. Joy Johnson Polk County BoCC In May 2018, the Quality of Life Team Rosemarie Lamm, Ph. D. RATH Connextions Center co-presented a half-day, immersive poverty simulation together with Leadership Polk, UF/IFAS, and Lake Tim Mitchell Parker Street Ministries Wales Care Center. Featuring the Polk County Public Schools HEARTH Project, over 100 leaders from Andrea Nikolai University of Florida/ IFAS across Polk County experienced a profoundly moving inter-active Steve Thompson American Red Cross simulation of the challenges facing a person living in poverty. TOP: Participants of the Poverty Simulation used Big Dave’s Pawn Shop as a refuge of last resort to meet the financial needs of their families. Nicole Walker University of Florida/ IFAS BOTTOM: The Quick Cash table was a frequent stop for attendees as it sold transportation passes and provided check cashing services for those individuals that did not have bank accounts. Marcia Andresen // Director, Health and Human Services Division, Polk County BoCC Quality of life really encompasses many aspects both for individuals and for the community as a whole. Our Team targets these various areas striving to provide education, understanding, and information on pathways to support."