DOH-Palm Beach Environmental Public Health
provide information at community outreach.
On Oct 10th, 2021, The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County conducted a successful community outreach in Pahokee, FL. This was a collaborative effort between the Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. and the Division of Environmental Public Health: Food and Facilities Program at the Belle Glade Office. The activity was undertaken as part of the Belle Glade Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH) Initiative action plan that seeks to address healthy labor migrant housing. This outreach provided migrant workers with information to become more proactive and take responsibility for their health. More than 100 farmworkers were informed about the control of cockroaches, rats, mold and other pests within their housing facilities.
Left: Dr. Mongue with Pace Veterinary Clinic. Right: Dr. Summerlin with Ark Animal Hospital.
DOH-Santa Rosa and Santa Rosa Animal Services partnered for the 2021 Drive-Through Rabies Clinic on October 22, 2021 at the Animal Services facility on Pine Forest Road. A total of 190 cars passed through the clinic in 2 hours. Veterinarians from Pace Veterinary Clinic and Ark Animal Hospital administered $10 rabies vaccines to 348 dogs and 96 cats. DOH nursing staff provided a bag of treats for each animal. In 2019, the clinic was selected to receive NACCHO Model Practice Award.
Participants gather to plant and remove weeds every Wednesday.
The East Altamonte Springs community in partnership with DOH-Seminole has started a community garden. Dr. Zeenat Rahman leads the group as part of the Garden for a Healthier You project through several classes funded by the SNAP Ed federal grant. A group of ladies gather each week to clean the garden plot and plant some delicious veggies. They enjoy the health benefits of gardening, including socialization. Okra, tomatoes and beans have already been planted. The committed group hopes to expand the garden by planting herbs, placing raised beds and inviting more people to join.