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With rising rates of child abuse and other Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the area, Charlotte County’s community health improvement collaborative developed an action plan to address these issues and increase resilience in the county. At the April Healthy Charlotte Steering Committee meeting, DOH-Charlotte staff unveiled the completed Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to community partners and members of the community. Representatives from healthcare, mental health, law enforcement, and social services volunteered to participate in the ACEs Task Force to recruit organizations and individuals who will commit to joining the movement.
DOH-Brevard staff members have been going into the community to provide Hepatitis A vaccinations to at-risk populations. Multiple events in April resulted in 207 In this photo, Barbara is all smiles while getting her Hep A vaccine from Helen Medlin, DOH-Brevard Nursing Program Specialist.
On April 17, 2019, the Collier County Leadership Coalition on Aging (LCA) hosted a community forum to discuss at-risk seniors, vulnerability, and health equity. Cindy Whetsell, Director of Nursing, DOH-Collier, and co-chair of the LCA, presented data to participants from 30 healthcare organizations. Data highlighted three main risk factors that contribute to vulnerability in older adults: health status, cognitive ability, and social network. Participants brainstormed advantages, challenges, and opportunities for local organizations to use E-Based Platforms to address senior needs, solicit information, and solve issues.
DOH-Okaloosa celebrated the accomplishments of community partners at the 4th Annual Healthy Okaloosa Celebration! Awards were given to the Partner of the Year in each Healthy Okaloosa program sector: the SWAT Clubs, the Tobacco Free Partnership, and the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Groups. Hurlburt Field Youth Programs received the overall partner of the year award for outstanding work for providing the Recipe for a Healthy Baby presentation to all staff and providing education to kitchen staff to prepare healthier food options for youth. Collectively, partners reached thousands of Okaloosa County residents through health promotion activities, health-related policies, and environmental changes.
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