DOH-Bay team members participated in the Health Equity Minority Health Month’s City of Panama City Family Fun Day. DOH-Bay employees provided diabetes screenings, educational materials on healthy lifestyle choices and DOH-Bay programs to underinsured/underserved residents. About the event, Sandon S. Speedling, MHS, CPM, CPH, Administrator and Health Officer, Florida Department of Health in Bay County said, “Promoting our services is essential to closing the health disparity gap in our community.”
Health equity team for DOH-Dixie, DOH-Gilchrist and DOH-Levy
On April 2nd, DOH-Dixie partnered with The Cross City Airport’s Fly-In, Cruise-In and Business Expo to increase awareness of the services provided by the health department and other community organizations. All DOH-Dixie programs, UF HealthStreet, DOH-Alachua STD and HIV programs and Suwannee River AHEC provided free health screenings and information, STD and HIV testing and COVID-19 vaccines. Flyers in Spanish and English were distributed throughout the community before the event. This event ensured that residents have a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health by increasing awareness to inequalities.
DOH-Marion Nursing Director Kelly Conklin
administers a vaccine to a community member
As part of DOH-Marion’s commitment to improving health equity, a team of nurses and staff ventured to southeastern Marion County’s farm country on April 4th for a farmworker vaccination and educational outreach event. One hundred twenty-nine participants received a total of 250 vaccines. Vaccinations included COVID-19, flu, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, Hep A, meningitis and pneumonia. DOH-Marion also distributed educational items, promotional items and contraceptives.
DOH-Santa Rosa’s Erin Moore and Matt Dobson with Billy Mills
and Chief Dan “Sky Horse” Helms
On April 8th, DOH-Santa Rosa presented “Billy Mills-Evening of Inspiration” to celebrate National Minority Health Month. Billy Mills, an Oglala Lakota (Sioux), grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and overcame many obstacles to win the 10,000-meter run at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Mills spoke passionately about being Native American, his childhood, a lifelong struggle with diabetes and the rewards of maintaining an active lifestyle. His presentation was an inspiration to people of all ages, abilities and cultures.