Support groups help fulfill Empath Health’s mission of full life care

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Department at Empath Health employs a team of community partnership specialists to ensure all community members understand the services available to them.

By Karen Davis-Pritchett M.Ed., Empath Health Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

PINELLAS COUNTY — Part of Empath Health’s mission is to remove barriers experienced by communities accessing our services. We recognize many community members who identify as African American, Hispanic and the LGBTQ+ community are disproportionately impacted by health inequity. Additionally, we understand veterans have unique needs and challenges when they face chronic or advanced illnesses or are grieving.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Department employs a team of community partnership specialists to ensure all community members understand the services available to them. These specialists facilitate support groups to encourage community members to learn more about a topic important to them and connect with others who have similar experiences.

“We are fortunate to have so many resources for residents of Pinellas County,” said Community Partnership Specialist Keosha Simmons. “We enjoy being a part of this network, facilitating many of the support groups happening within Empath Health. It is imperative to have a variety of options for our communities, whether it be location, time or service provided. Providing access to so many resources is vital for the advancement of all communities. We truly stand behind the mission of providing Full Life Care for all.”

The following is a list of Empath Health support groups available in Pinellas County.


Alzheimer’s Awareness Group

Third Wednesday of the month

6 p.m.

Enoch Davis Center

1111 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg

Facilitators: Keosha Simmons, Dr. Natasha Rubie

To register: Call (800) 272-3900


Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Second Tuesday of the month

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Largo Public Library, Jenkins Room C

120 Central Park Drive, Largo

Facilitators: Maria Pepe, Kelly Siegel

To register: Contact Maria at (727) 479-7071 or or Kelly at (727) 735-8743 or


Alzheimer’s Awareness Group

Third Thursday of the month

6:30 p.m.

Yankee Traveler RV Park, Multipurpose Room

8500 Ulmerton Road, Largo

Facilitator: Maria Pepe

To register: Contact Maria at (727) 479-7071 or


Jewish Caregiver Support Group

First Thursday of the month

10-11:30 a.m.

Zoom webinar

Facilitators: Kelly Siegel, Sandi Sunter, LMHC

To register: Contact Kelly at (727) 735-8743 or for Zoom link


Savvy Caregiver

(For caregivers of Alzheimers or dementia patients 60 and older)

Each Wednesday through August 16

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Auer Szabo Empath Adult Day Center

340 49th St. S., St. Petersburg

Facilitator: Trudy Beeler

To register: Contact Terri Toner at (727) 570-9696, ext. 160


Veterans Coffee Connections

All veterans

First Thursday of the month

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Sunshine Center

330 Fifth St. N., St. Petersburg


All veterans

First Friday of the month

10-11:00 a.m.

Gulfport Senior Center

5501 27th Ave. S., Gulfport


LGBTQ+ veterans

Second Thursday of the month

10-11 a.m.

Empath Health

3050 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg


Women veterans

Second Friday of the month

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Empath Health, The Garden House Clearwater

5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater


Women veterans

First Tuesday of the month

10-11 a.m.

EmpowHERment Community Service Center

1150 County Road 1, Palm Harbor


Virtual Coffee Connection

Third Friday of the month

9-10:00 a.m.

Zoom: Visit for link


To register for in-person Veterans Coffee Connections, contact Trudy Beeler at or (727) 643-4939.

To find out more about Empath Health support groups, contact Keosha Simmons at (727) 512-9599 or or visit

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