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One goal in Florida’s State Health Improvement Plan is to reduce infant mortality by advancing safe sleep behaviors among families of infants. Florida Healthy Babies in Alachua has successfully created a partnership between the Department of Health in Alachua and Cribs for Kids. Together, they are using consistent safe sleep messaging and the Safe Sleep Ambassador training with the WIC program, DOH Alachua staff and community partners.
Escambia and Santa Rosa’s sixth combined Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Report was approved for public distribution on December 11 by the Live Well Partnership Steering Committee. The Partnership brings together both public health systems to develop a collaborative CHNA document that identifies the health needs and concerns of the two neighboring communities. The 2019 CHNA will serve as a blueprint for the upcoming Community Health Improvement Plan.
DOH-Volusia has begun taking a leading role in developing the next Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for Volusia County. The agency is working in collaboration with governmental and nongovernmental partners. Once the CHNA is completed in the spring, it will serve as the basis for the Community Health Improvement Plan, which identifies priority issues, develops and implements strategies for action and establishes accountability to ensure measurable improvement. The county's current Community Health Improvement Plan runs through 2019 and is online at volusiahealth.com/planning.
The DOH-Manatee recently participated in a community-wide Stand Down Event providing resources to local veterans, including many homeless. The event was held at the Manatee County Fairgrounds with more than 50 partner agencies and community organizations. More than 300 participants benefitted, receiving health coaching, educational materials and flu shots.
DOH-Union County recently celebrated World Diabetes Day as part of National Diabetes Awareness Month. Staff provided free prediabetes screenings, blood sugar testing, and information on local prediabetes and diabetes self-management classes available in the community.
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