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April 18, 2013

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WellFlorida News Release
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (April 17, 2013)—A new High Impact Prevention (HIP) project by WellFlorida Council is aiming to decrease the spread of HIV and link HIV-infected individuals to prevention and care services in Alachua, Marion and Putnam counties.

Everyone’s Doing It, It’s Everyone’s Business and ARTAS are components of the HIP project, which is funded by the Department of Health.

Everyone’s Doing It promotes condom use and HIV testing throughout the three counties. Testing is confidential and teens do not need parental consent to be tested […]

March 25, 2013

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Gainesville Sun, March 24, 2013
By Kristine Crane

Michael Perry thought he had food poisoning last summer. He doesn’t remember what he’d eaten, but he remembers cramps so bad that in the middle of the night he went to the emergency room in Keystone Heights.

Perry said he has an “old school” philosophy about his health: “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.”

Perry felt broken that night.

But it wasn’t from anything he’d eaten.

It was something he didn’t know much about: colon cancer. At 56, Perry knew he […]

March 25, 2013

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Gainesville Sun, March 24, 2013
By Kristine Crane

African-Americans in the 11 counties comprising North Central Florida have higher rates of cancer mortality than other African-Americans throughout the rest of the state, according to the North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative Report released in January.

“Disparities between the races are well-documented,” said Jeff Feller, CEO of the WellFlorida Council, which produced the report. “We’re woefully worse off in our black population in almost every form of cancer.”

The overall age-adjusted death rate (which removes the confounding influence of […]

March 12, 2013

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Washington Post, March 10, 2013
By Michael A. Fletcher

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — This prosperous community is the picture of the good and ever longer life — just what policymakers have in mind when they say that raising the eligibility age for Social Security and Medicare is a fair way to rein in the nation’s troublesome debt.

The county’s plentiful and well-tended golf courses teem with youthful-looking retirees. The same is true on the county’s 41 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches, abundant tennis courts and extensive […]

January 19, 2013

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Citrus County Chronicle
By Chris Van Ormer

INVERNESS — Not all county residents who are eligible for Medicaid, a federal health care program, are getting its benefits, a group of care providers said Thursday.

“For Medicaid, the county has a lower rate than the state rate,” said Lindsey Redding, associate planner with the WellFlorida Council, a private, nonprofit organization that is state-designated to offer health consultancy for clients and projects.

“Overall, 15.6 percent of the county’s residents are eligible to receive Medicaid, which is lower than the state […]

January 16, 2013

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WUFT News, January 16, 2013
With the county ranking in the bottom 25 percent based on factors such as chronic illness and death, according to a news release, a new awareness program is necessary, said Marion County’s Health Department spokesman Craig Ackerman.

Marion County partners are developing the Community Health Improvement Plan, also known as CHIP, which will raise health care awareness throughout the county.

This is not just another health care project, Ackerman insisted.

“The first thing we are planning to do is to bring together a group […]

January 15, 2013

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WCJB TV-20, January 15, 2012
Its a New Year’s resolution for the entire county; to get in shape.

Officials with the Health Department, United Way, WellFlorida Council and other agencies gathered to talk about key health issues in Marion County.

A study showed that Marion County is ranked 17th in Clinic Care Delivery.
But in other categories such as death rates, Marion County came in at number 48.

These folks think that building partnerships and awareness can improve the overall health of Marion County.

“It’s not about more hours […]

January 15, 2013

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The Independent Florida Alligator, January 15, 2013
North Central Florida has the highest cancer mortality rate in the state, according to a recent report from a Florida Department of Health cancer control initiative.

The death rate of all cancers in the region is 28 percent higher than the rest of the state, according to the 2013 North Central Florida Cancer Report.

The report compared cancer death rates, incidence rates, emergency room visits and hospital discharge data from 11 counties including Alachua, Bradford and Levy counties.

Although the number […]

January 14, 2013

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Ocala Star Banner, January 14, 2013
Improving Marion County’s health profile will require a coordinated, community effort.

That was the conclusion of a team of more than 50 community organizations, health experts and businesses after a two-year study and meetings that addressed the county’s comparatively high mortality and morbidity rates — and the social factors that contribute to them.

Members of the group met on Monday at the United Way of Marion County to lay out plans to address those health problems, which have left Marion ranked […]

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