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Heart Health Plus Success in Madison County!

 Heart Health Plus Success in Madison County!

Heart Health Plus aims to prevent heart disease in the communities that need it the most. This program implements evidence-based strategies to affect faith-based organizations, health systems and local communities. The Madison County Health Department recently implemented “Keeping the Pressure Down,” which is a blood pressure self-monitoring course. The participants received one-on-one counseling once a week and worked with nurses to develop a plan for managing their hypertension. Each client received an individualized blood pressure self-management plan. Self-management involves focusing on an individual’s role in managing chronic disease and providing assistance with activities such as patient education, lifestyle modifications and developing the skills needed for effective chronic disease management.

Sealants for Students

Sealants for Students

Columbia County started their school-based sealant program in November. Dental hygienist Lisa Swisher provided dental assessments, fluoride varnish, oral hygiene instruction and sealants to 39 2nd and 5th graders. Annually, the mobile dental clinic bus visits all of the elementary schools in Columbia and Hamilton Counties to see children who qualify for diagnostic, preventive, and restorative services.

What's New

  • 2018 provisional data is now available in the CHARTS query systems.
  • In January, census, reportable diseases and BRFSS data were updated in the CHARTS profile reports.
  • New data about cleft lip, cleft lip with cleft palate and cleft palate alone is available in the Oral Health Profile.
  • Now you can select up to 67 counties to compare in the CHARTS improved county comparison profile reports.
  • Medical foster care and Early Steps participation, Medicaid and Medikids average monthly enrollment were updated with another year of data.
  • Alzheimer’s incidence estimates, school nurse-student ratio, CHD expenditures and ER visits for people 0–19 have new data available.

Quick Facts

  • Florida Healthy Babies is a statewide initiative to positively influence social determinants and reduce racial disparity in infant mortality.
  • The Department’s Health Equity Program Council focuses on helping all Floridians achieve the highest level of health.
  • 19.2% of adults in Florida could not see a dentist in the past year because of cost.
  • 47.3% of adult Floridians have had a permanent tooth removed because of tooth decay or gum loss.
  • In 2015, 77% of Florida’s population received optimally fluoridated water through community water systems, contributing to better oral health.
  • Cancer and heart disease have been the top two leading causes of death in Florida for decades, accounting for 45.6% of all deaths in 2016.
  • Among cancer deaths, lung cancer is the most common, accounting for 25.3% of cancer deaths in 2016.
  • In 2016, Florida’s age-adjusted death rate for heart disease was 150.7 per 100,000, down from 253.1 in 1997.
  • In 2016, deaths from stroke were disproportionately greater for blacks than whites with a risk ratio of 1.5:1.
  • In 2016, deaths from prostate and cervical cancer were disproportionately greater for blacks than whites with risk ratios of 2.3:1 and 1.4:1, respectively.
  • 51 County Health Departments provide school-based preventive dental programs.
  • Every $1 invested in dental sealants applied by County Health Department dental programs yields $1.88 in dental treatment savings.
  • Oral screening projects have been conducted with Florida’s third grade and Early Head Start/Head Start populations.

Estimated Births

*Since Jan 01,


Did You Know?

  • Counts of reportable diseases are updated each week on CHARTS.
  • Heart disease death rates are declining.
  • A data updates list is updated each week with detailed information about changes to FLHealthCHARTS.com.
  • In January, county level profiles were updated with census and BRFSS data.
  • Improved county comparison profile reports let you select multiple counties to compare.

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