OCHIP and DEC-C members engage with families at Family Field Day.
The Okaloosa County Alliance for Drug Endangered Children and Communities (DEC-C) and Healthy Children Okaloosa County Health Improvement Partnership (OCHIP) group partnered to host a Family Field Day at Chester Pruitt Park in Fort Walton Beach on Saturday, November 19th. Community partners participated as vendors and volunteers. Attendees were able to receive food and raffle prizes, education on how to help drug endangered children and participate in family engagement activities like tee ball games. More than 100 residents attended to receive information about local resources including crime prevention, substance use, domestic violence and more.
Joshua Wayne, a longtime counselor of at-risk youth,
poses with DOH-Marion's BRAZEN team
DOH-Marion hosted "It's OK to Ask," a free dinner workshop to raise awareness about teenager’s mental health issues and provide guidance on suicide prevention. The keynote speaker was Joshua Wayne, director of Special Education for the District of Columbia Public Schools. He urged parents to be on their child’s “board of directors,” or the influencers who help them understand adulthood. “You don’t need to be the chairman of the board, but you want a seat at that table,” he said. “Never forget: the difference is always you.” The 50 adults who attended gained important insight on teen mental health issues and better understood suicide prevention techniques.
QR code to scan to access STI Clinic Stater Kit
DOH-Alachua, Bay and Orange participated in the Special Project of National Significance Program (SPNS). This program evaluates sexual health history using audio computer-assisted self-interview (ACASI) software and patient self-collected extragenital gonorrhea and chlamydia tests. By providing a LGBTQ+ welcoming clinic environment, they worked to improve recognition and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in people with HIV served within Ryan White funded clinics. By scanning the QR code below, the public will gain access to the STI Clinic Starter Kit!