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December 5, 2017

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Gainesville Sun
Are you or someone you care about in need of a cancer support group, transportation for medical treatments or financial assistance with prescription drugs?

Locate resources for these needs and more on the website www.CancerResourceGuideNCF.org. The Cancer Resource Guide of North Central Florida is a public service of North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative, the WellFlorida Council and the Florida Department of Health Cancer Control Program.

The Cancer Resource Guide of North Central Florida lists support groups, community and caregiver resources, financial support services […]

December 4, 2017

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WellFlorida Council is pleased to announce that the following agencies have been awarded Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) mini-grants:

Florida Department of Health in Alachua County 

Accent Endocrinology

Thank you to all of those who applied, and congratulations to the awardees!

DSME is a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to disease management that meets national standards. People with diabetes who complete a DSME program are better able to manage their disease and prevent or delay complications.

To extend the reach of the DSME mini-grant funding opportunity, WellFlorida was selected as one of three […]

November 30, 2017

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WUFT
By Randi Ziegler

Tessa Walters received what she considers the bare minimum of sex education in high school.

The vice president of Planned Parenthood Generation Action at UF, a student group, said she did learn about sexually transmitted infections in her freshman biology class, but the lessons lasted only a few days.

“In Florida, there is no standardized sex education,” the 20-year-old said. “Our current system isn’t effective.”

Later in high school, at age 16, she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic for testing.
“I only went for a […]

November 16, 2017

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On December 1, World AIDS Day, we recognize the fact that more than 1 million Americans have HIV, and about 1 in 7 of them don’t know it. According to HIV.gov, southern states bear the greatest burden of HIV, accounting for half of the new infections recorded in 2014. In 2016 alone, nearly 5,000 Floridians were diagnosed with HIV, with about 78% of those cases involving men and 22% involving women. HIV disproportionately affects MSM (men who have sex with men) as well as people […]

November 16, 2017

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These FREE online and on-site events are being offered to home visiting staff from MIECHV-funded programs and their community partners serving families with young children. Please take advantage of these great opportunities to update your knowledge and skills, gain insight on emerging issues and spark renewed passion and creativity in serving Florida’s children and families. Check your calendar and register now!

 

Breastfeeding Counselor Course
Nov. 15 – 17, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Indian River State College: Dixon Hendry Campus
Room A100
2229 NW 9th Ave

November 6, 2017

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Safe Routes to School is scheduling trainings for teachers and community professionals in Bradford, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Putnam and Union counties. The purpose of the trainings is to teach those who work with children about bicycle and pedestrian safety. Attendees learn laws, safe practices, lessons, proper helmet fit, and how to set up a bicycle safety rodeo. Those who attend the training are able to reserve a trailer with 24 bicycles on it for safety events with students and the community.

Law enforcement officials, P.E. teachers, after-school programs, Boys/Girls club volunteers, recreation […]

October 22, 2017

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Gainesville Sun
By Cleveland Tinker

Checking on newborns and mothers during the first week of a child’s life will be the top priority of a program developed by the Alachua County Children’s Services Advisory Board.

Starting its second year of existence with about a $2.4 million budget funded by Alachua County, the board expects to launch its Healthy Baby Nurse Home Visit Program sometime soon after the new year begins, said Tom Logan, board chair.

The board serves children from prenatal to 5 and their families.

The board will […]

October 16, 2017

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Suwannee Democrat, Japer News, Mayo Free Press

LIVE OAK — The Florida Department of Health in Suwannee and Lafayette counties are looking for input from community members.

The DOH — in partnership with WellFlorida Council, the local health planning council for North Florida — is encouraging members of the community to share their views on health by taking a 10-minute survey.

Survey results, along with research and health-related data, will be used to assess the region’s most pressing health needs.

“This survey is very important to our communities,” Kerry Waldron, DOH […]

October 10, 2017

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On December 14 and 19, Sumter County residents are invited to join a focus group to talk about the health of their communities. Participants will earn $20 for roughly 90 minutes of their time. The focus groups are part of Sumter’s community health assessment and will help Florida Department of Health gain a better understanding of health issues that are important to the community and its leaders. Registration is required. Please contact WellFlorida Council to sign up! Call 352-727-3765.

 

Upcoming focus group dates and locations:

Dec. 14, […]

October 9, 2017

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The Florida Department of Health in Lafayette and Suwannee Counties, in partnership with WellFlorida Council, the local health planning council for North Central Florida, are encouraging community members to share their views on health by taking a 10-minute survey. The surveys are available at www.WellFlorida.org (select “Survey”). Participants will be entered to win a $20 gift card.

Survey results, along with research and health-related data, will be used to assess the region’s most pressing health needs. This information will be made available in January in the report Lafayette […]

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