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(Miami – April 1, 2013) – National Public Health Week (NPHW) is recognized in Miami-Dade County and across the nation from April 1-7, 2013.  This year’s NPHW theme is: “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money.” This theme zeros in on the two common threads of public health and prevention.

Public health has a role in all of our lives; similarly, we each have a role in bringing the lessons of public health and prevention to life.  Even the smallest steps can make a big difference. Much like the business world, ROI indicates the return on investments.  Supporting evidence-based public health programs will result in healthier communities and reduced cost in treating diseases.

baptist healthBy Christina Baez

The Caribbean has some of the highest amputation rates due to diabetes in the world, with that in mind Baptist Health of South Florida is committed to providing quality health services and education to its Caribbean neighbors. Baptist Health International hosted a workshop on Friday, March 22, at the19th Annual International Diabetes Conference at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

With Spring comes changes in weather. While most would agree that Spring weather is more favorable than Winter, the change itself can play havoc on our health. The human body is continually defending itself from the outside world. The immune system is responsible for shielding us from things in the environment which cause us harm. To do this different cells, organs and tissues have to work together. Some of these systems have many functions while others are more specific. For example the digestive system not only removes and absorbs nutrients from foods we eat but it also destroys organisms in foods that would make us sick.  

MIAMI-DADE – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and expresses appreciation to the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the fourth annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released today. This study uses traditional, established data, much of which was obtained from the Department and is available to the people of Florida at www.floridacharts.com.

These rankings serve as a snapshot of the health of individuals across counties in each state. The report highlights that health is a combined work in progress across a variety of community partners. The Florida Department of Health (DOH), through its county health departments, works together to improve the health of all Floridians. The data used in these rankings are available in each state and include information related to physical environment, social and economic factors, health behaviors, education, crime rate/law enforcement and clinical care.