Health

Recommended Actions for Protection from Zika

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What you should know:

  • There is no vaccine to prevent Zika, and there is no specific treatment for infected individuals.
  • Zika is generally spread by the bites of infected mosquitoes.
  • Exposure to an infected person's blood or other body fluids may result in transmission.
  • Eliminate sources of standing water to reduce or eliminate mosquito breeding areas.

Recommended actions:

  • Use insect repellents according to the guidance below.
  • Wear clothing that covers hands, arms, legs, and other exposed skin. Wear socks that cover the ankles and lower legs.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. This type of clothing provides a barrier to mosquitoes.
  • Eliminate sources of standing water (e.g., tires, buckets, cans, bottles, barrels)
  • If symptoms develop, seek medical attention promptly. Discuss any possible exposure to mosquitoes or infections spread by mosquitoes with a healthcare provider.

Guidance on use of insect repellents:

  • Always follow label precautions when using insect repellent.
  • Use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient. Research suggests that repellents containing DEET typically provide longer-lasting protection, and oil of lemon eucalyptus provides longer-lasting protection than other plant-based repellents. In general, the more active ingredient (higher concentration) a repellent contains, the longer it will protect against mosquito bites.
  • Products that combine sunscreen and repellent are not recommended. Use separate products, applying sunscreen first and then applying the repellent.

 

[Source: Florida Department of Health]


Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson to Host Free HIV Testing Event to Observe National HIV Testing Day

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MIAMI – In observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), Monday, June 27, 2016, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) and other elected officials will take confidential HIV tests and encourage the public to join them in taking the test.  Free HIV testing will be available on Monday, June 27, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at six locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. 

“Miami-Dade and Broward counties have the highest number of new HIV cases in the country.  We have to end the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS so that we can end the spread, and it all starts with taking the test,” said Congresswoman Wilson, “We cannot continue to ignore the problem and think that it will go away.  HIV/AIDS robs our communities of talent and productivity.  The best way to fight the spread of the disease is to get tested, know your status, and get the treatment you need if you are HIV positive.”

Congresswoman Wilson sponsored several bills to boost HIV/AIDS education and awareness throughout her career in public service.  This year marks the 14th anniversary of a bill she sponsored in the Florida legislature to mandate HIV testing for prisoners upon their release from Florida prisons.  The purpose of the bill was to confirm prisoners’ HIV status as they re-enter society and connect them to care if they were positive for HIV.

Congresswoman Wilson will take the test and deliver remarks at a press conference at 10 a.m., at Frederica Wilson and Juanita Mann Health Center, located at 2520 NW 75th Street, Miami 33147.  Also joining Congresswoman Wilson to take the test are State Representatives Cynthia Stafford (D-109) and Daphne Campbell (D-108), and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson.  Congresswoman Wilson and other elected officials will visit the six testing sites throughout the day. 

Free, confidential HIV testing will be available at the following locations:

1.      Frederica Wilson and Juanita Mann Health Center, 2520 NW 75th Street, Miami, FL 33147

2.      Borinquen Health Care Center, 3601 NE 4th Court, Miami, FL 33137

3.      Center For Haitian Studies, 8260 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33138

4.      Jessie Trice Community Health Center, 4692 NW 183rd Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33055

5.      Koinonia Worship Center, 4900 Hallandale Beach Boulevard, West Park, FL 33023

6.      New Horizons Community Mental Health Center, 1469 NW 36th Street, Miami, FL 33142

The purpose of NHTD is to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and promote HIV testing.  According to the CDC, 1 in 8 people living with HIV in the United States is unaware that they have the disease.  Miami-Dade and Broward were Nos. 1 and 2 in the U.S. in new HIV infections in 2014 per 100,000 residents, according to state and federal data. This understates the importance of getting tested and knowing your status.

 


CHI Becomes First Federally Qualified Health Center Nationwide to Receive Governor's Sterling Award

 

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Miami- Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI) is the first Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the nation to be awarded the coveted Governor’s Sterling Award. The South Florida not for profit comprehensive health care company has been serving the community for 45 years.  The award marks a milestone for the agency as the Sterling Award is a difficult accomplishment that only a few companies can obtain.

Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Sterling Council announced today, CHI is among just three winners including the Big Bend Community Based Care, and Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County. Also, the Pinellas County Tax Collector will receive the Governor’s Sterling Sustained Excellence Award.

“The Governor’s Sterling Award winners reflect our focus on making Florida the best state in the nation to live, work and raise a family,” said Governor Scott. “I am pleased that Florida is leading the nation and I congratulate this year’s top-performing Sterling Award recipients. This award is the highest recognition an organization in Florida can receive for performance excellence. The Governor’s Sterling Award process is an efficient tool for all organizations that saves Florida businesses millions of dollars annually.”

Community Health of South Florida Inc. has utilized data based driven tools and methodology to grow its organization. With 11 health centers and 31 school-based centers, CHI offers a wide variety of services including primary care, pediatrics, urgent care, dental, OB/GYN, radiology, behavioral health, laboratory services, pharmacy, free medication delivery and patient transportation to the residents of Monroe and Dade Counties. 

“Community Health of South Florida Inc. has been a trailblazing organization since its inception in 1971, paving the way for innovation, ensuring access for all to comprehensive healthcare and also as a teaching health center, training the next generation of medical professionals,” said Brodes H. Hartley Jr. CHI President/CEO.  “The Florida Governor’s Sterling Award confirms decades of hard work and dedication as CHI becomes the first Federally Qualified Health Center to receive this prestigious award. We are so proud of the CHI team for their hard work and commitment to earning the Sterling award.”

In 2014, CHI made headlines when it became the first Health Resources Services Administration designated teaching health center at a Community Health Center in the state of Florida. This is a critical area where doctors are needed to better serve this vulnerable population. CHI is also a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home, the highest level attainable, and its electronic health record is certified to meet meaningful use requirements.

Community Health of South Florida Inc. was created as a resource for the community serving both the insured and uninsured populations. By providing comprehensive services at each of its health centers, patients receive a holistic approach to healthcare in which they can have medical teams from different specialties working toward improving their total health. The organization also has outreach and enrollment specialists that help enroll people in the Affordable Care Act and other insurance plans. Also, there are a number of programs that help the disadvantaged afford life-saving treatments and connect them to points of care.

With more than 800 employees CHI is one of the largest FQHCs in the state. Its mission is to deliver safe, accessible, compassionate and culturally competent quality health care services to the residents of South Florida while training the next generation of health care professionals.

 


Annual Dr. Nelson L. Adams Walk A Mile With A Child Set for Saturday, April 16, 2016

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The James Wilson Bridges Medical Society Inspires Kids And Looks To Raise Awareness About Health Disparities Impacting The South Florida Minority Community
 
Miami, FL- In honor of National Minority Health Month, the National Medical Association (NMA), James Wilson Bridges, M.D. Medical Society (JWBMS), along with their title sponsor, Sunshine Health will host the annual Dr. Nelson L. Adams Walk a Mile With A Child. The event, in its ninth year, is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. -noon. 
 
The walk will be followed by a pop-up health and wellness fair at Gibson Park, 401 NW 12th Street, Miami, FL 33136. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in the fit clinic, face painting, games and family Zumba class to improve the health and well-being of the entire family.
 
NMA is a 121-year-old not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of over 40,000 African American physicians and their patients. The JWBMS is the local arm of the NMA dedicated to fulfilling their mission to promote optimal health for communities of color.
 
“The health and wellness of Florida’s children should be our primary focus. There are many chronic conditions associated with obesity that are easily preventable with a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Nelson L. Adams, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Sunshine Health. “I am committed to raising awareness about this growing epidemic, and I look forward to working with our partner organizations to provide health education and resources to the community.”  
 
The Walk A Mile through Historic Overtown hopes to encourage organizations and adults to serve as community mentors by walking with the children and inspiring them to keep their minds and bodies active. 
 
Sponsors and community partners include Sunshine Health, Wellmax Max Medical Center, 100 Black Men of South Florida, Sigma Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.

 

 


Alpha Kappa Alpha Presents Heart Health Expo-2, Saturday, Feb. 27

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Enjoy a free, fun-filled day of Health at HEART HEALTH EXPO-2 presented by Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, 10am - 2pm, Saturday, 02/27/2016, Walmart, 3791 NW 167th Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33055. Bring your family and friends! To RSVP and for additional information, email gzohealthcommittee@gmail.com.


2nd Annual Zo's Winter Groove, January 16- 18, 2016

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The 2nd Annual Zo’s Winter Groove will be held January 15 – 18, 2016 in the City of Miramar and Miami-Dade County.  This year is slated to be a event-filled weekend with activities for the entire family to enjoy.   

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

On Friday, January 15, 2016 Alonzo Mourning will kick off the Winter Groove Weekend with a Youth Summit hosted by Florida Memorial University that will include special presentations from Dr. Roslyn Clark ArtisPresident of Florida Memorial UniversityKevin PowellAuthor and Political Activist and Natasha EubanksFounder- Young Black & Fabulous.

 

On Saturday, January 16, 2016, Alonzo Mourning and friends will start the day with a 5K Run/Walk followed by a Family Fun Day and Health & Wellness Fair at Miramar Regional Park.  There will be lots to do for everyone including free Zumba and Yoga lessons, a CrossFit obstacle course for fitness enthusiast along with free sports clinics for youth ages 7-16.  All Family Fun Day activities are free and will also feature a kid’s zone, free health screenings and more. Delicious foods from various food trucks from Miami- Dade and Broward counties will be onsite.

 

On Sunday, January 17, 2016, Alonzo Mourning and friend Cedric The Entertainer will host the 2nd Annual Zo’s Winter Groove Comedy show featuring the Laff Mobb - Malik S., J.J. Williamson, Barry Ribs, Meme Simpson, and Marshall Brandon. The comedy show will be held at the beautiful J.W. Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami and will kick –off with Red Carpet Arrivals and a VIP reception at 6:00 pm.

 

On Monday, January 18, 2016, Zo’s Winter Groove Weekend comes to a close with the Zo’s Hall of Fame Golf Groove at the beautiful Turnberry Isle Miami Resort & Country Club.  Golfers will include former and current players from the NBA, NFL and MLB. 

 

Zo’s Winter Groove benefits the Mourning Family Foundation and its mission to support education, mentoring and advocacy for youth and families in South Florida.


ARLINGTON ACADEMY TO HOST FOURTH ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR TO PROMOTE HEALTHY LIVING

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Miami Gardens, FL. – Arlington Academy presents the 4th Annual Health Fair: Promoting Health Living as a fresh way to kick-off the New Year for 2016. The fair will take place on Saturday, January 9th from 10 am to 2 pm at Arlington Academy which is located at 4814 NW 167 Street, Miami Gardens, FL, 33014. “We are here to serve the community,” said Aundrea Blye, Principal and Director, Arlington Academy. “Healthy living has always been a mantra that we live by at Arlington Academy so annually we provide an opportunity for the community-at-large to gain knowledge on the keys to live a healthy life for free.”

This event is in partnership with the City of Miami Gardens for their healthy living initiative and is open to the public. Vice Mayor Felicia Robinson is the Keynote speaker. Guests will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one health evaluations, mini physicals, health care gift bags, HIV & STD testing, witness dental presentations, activities for the children and more! Sponsors include Molina Health Care, Miami Dade College, Union Positiva, The Big Red Bus, Jackson Memorial Healthcare, WMIB; 103.5 The Beat, Advanced Neuro & Spine Institute, City of Miami Gardens, Higher Learning Entertainment, and Oh So Sweet.

WHO:       Arlington Academy presents the 4th Annual Health Fair: Promoting Healthy Living

WHAT:    This free health fair will provide guests with one-on-one health evaluations, miniphysicals, health care gift bags, HIV & STD testing, witness dental presentations, activities for the children and more!

SPECIAL GUESTS: City of Miami Garden’s Vice Mayor Felicia Robinson & City of Miami Garden’s Chief of Police Antonio Brooklen

WHEN: Saturday, January 9, 2016 | 10 am to 2 pm

WHERE: Arlington Academy 4814 NW 167 Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33014


Special Olympics Florida Healthy Community and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities to Host a Free Health Fair for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

April 10, 2015 (Hollywood, FL) – According to the World Health Organization (WHO), despite the severe need and higher health risk, people with intellectual disabilities are denied health services, community interventions, and there is a lack of targeted interventions and programs for the population. Special Olympics is the world’s largest public health organization for people with intellectual disabilities, providing access to free health services for a population with significant, unmet health needs.

On Saturday, May 9, 2015 Special Olympics Florida Healthy Community- South Florida and Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities will host a free health fair, for individuals of all ages with intellectual disabilities. The health fair, taking place at A.D. “Doug” Barnes Park in Miami, FL, will serve as a way to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by helping to provide equal access to health screening services. Free health screenings will be on-going in the following areas: Healthy Hearing (audiology), Special Smiles (dental), Health Promotion and Fit Feet (podiatry). In addition to the screening events, participants and their families/caregivers will be able to obtain information about the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces.

To be eligible to partake in the free health screenings, participants must have an intellectual or developmental disability. Registration is available at the event.

 

WHAT: SOFLHC and APD Community Health Fair “Spring Into Wellness”

WHEN: Saturday, May 9th, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Leisure Access Center at A.D. “Doug” Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33155

 

 


A weekend of great times and remembrance

We are in the midst of another busy weekend in Miami. The Boat Show on Miami Beach and Coconut Grove Arts Festival has brought thousands of people and sufficiently clogged I-95 and US-1. Pack your patience.

Florida Memorial University celebrated its Homecoming with a week of exciting activities. The Trayvon Martin Foundation held their Peace Walk yesterday in Miami Gardens and their Remembrance Dinner is being held tonight.

The Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is celebrating their Founders Day and Diamond Jubilee Anniversary via several activities. Yesterday, there were simultaneous wreath-laying ceremonies at burial sites throughout Miami-Dade County and various locations throughout the nation for deceased Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter charter members and deceased former chapter presidents. The Chapter also partnered with Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, a former Alpha Kappa Alpha regional director, in a beautification project at the Belafonte TACOLCY Center. There was also community food distribution project through Feeding South Florida and other activities. It was a very busy day. Alpha Kappa Alpha international president, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, also participated in the activities. The organization’s members in South Florida, are delighted she is celebrating this momentous occasion with them. Wilson is the keynote speaker at an historic luncheon today at the Hotel Intercontinental in downtown Miami. Gamma Zeta Omega is the oldest graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first Greek-letter sorority for college-educated black women.


 


LAST TWO DAYS FOR AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ENROLLMENT THIS WEEKEND


CHI EXTENDS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY HOURS



Miami— Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI) enrollment staff are having a very busy day today as those who waited until the last minute show up for help enrolling in the Affordable Care Act(ACA) . So far, CHI has enrolled nearly 4000 people into insurance plans under ACA this enrollment period.


In an effort to accommodate those who still need assistance, CHI will be open for ACA enrollment help on Saturday Feb. 14, 2015 and Sunday Feb. 15th 2015 from 8:30am to 4pm at two of its health centers:


Doris Ison Health Center, 10300 SW 216 St. Miami FL 33190


Martin Luther King Jr./Clinica Campesina Health Center 810 W. Mowry Dr., Homestead FL 33030


"I am proud of our outreach and enrollment staff here at CHI," said Colonel Brodes Hartley, CHI President and CEO. "They have been working non-stop and have been extremely busy in the past month especially. If you haven’t finished the enrollment process you need to do it today. It is an opportunity to have health insurance and this can be life-saving."


Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI) is a non-profit health care company with 10 health centers from Marathon to South Miami Dade and Coconut Grove. It also has 42 school based health centers within Miami Dade Public Schools. For more than 40 years, CHI has been caring for both the insured and uninsured. Community Outreach is part of its core mission.


CHI has 21 outreach and enrollment assistants under a federal grant. It is one of the largest grants in the country awarded to a federally qualified health center. The enrollment assistants have been based all over South Florida from the Keys to South Dade and Miami.