Untitled-2From the start, this Administration has encouraged an ongoing dialogue with the leaders of our nation’s businesses, large and small. There’s more to do, but working together we’ve helped rebuild our economy. Businesses have added 6.9 million private-sector jobs in the past 39 months and we’ve helped strengthen the middle class.

Today, most Americans get their health insurance through their jobs and that will be the case moving forward. To help restore middle class security, we are making health care more affordable to businesses, government, and American families through the Affordable Care Act. While major portions of the law have yet to be implemented, it’s already a little more affordable for businesses to offer quality health coverage to their employees.

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) recommends that the Men having Sex with Men (MSM) population educate themselves on the risks associated with bacterial meningitis. Extra caution should be taken when traveling to cities such as New York or Los Angeles, which have higher incidences of the disease in the MSM community.

“Since we have seen an increase in the incidence of bacterial meningitis in this population we want to educate individuals about the importance of preventing the disease,” said Dr. Celeste Philip, Interim Deputy Secretary for Health. “Individuals in this population, who are traveling to other parts of the country where increases in cases have been reported, should talk to their health care provider.”

Patients Living With HIV Will Be Available For Media Interviews

Miami Dade is ranked number one in the nation for the highest number of new AIDS cases per capita in the United States and second in the nation for the number of children with AIDS.

More than 125,000 people are believed to be living with HIV in Florida. Even though African Americans make up just 20 percent of the population in Dade County, they account for more than 50 percent of HIV/AIDS cases.

BACKPACKSNursing students at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) renowned Benjamin Leon School of Nursing prepared hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies, shoes, personalized trinkets among other items for children in the impoverished, disaster-prone area of Gonaives, Haiti.

The project is part of a community service class taught by MDC Nursing Professor Dr. Marie O. Etienne, who is receiving this year’s top international Nightingale Medal from the American Red Cross.  Of the five American nurses receiving the award, Dr. Etienne, a Port-au-Prince native, is the only honoree from South Florida. Dr. Etienne will distribute the backpacks on her upcoming trip to Gonaives, Haiti (July 11-14) where she will provide exams and medical treatment to families and local children, including about two dozen orphans who lost both parents to the quake. Photo credit: Carlos Llano/Miami Dade College.