Sharpton-DarrylDarryl K. Sharpton, CPA/ABV was selected to serve as chairman of The Public Health Trust Board of Trustees (PHT) at its organizational meeting on June 3, 2013. This follows a two-year commitment as vice chairman of the Financial Recovery Board (FRB). The Jackson Board has returned to its traditional name – PHT – following a two-year assignment, which helped lead Miami-Dade’s public health system out of a crisis.

Darryl Sharpton was unanimously elected as the new chairman during the organizational meeting. “I am proud to be chosen as chairman,” he said. “The Jackson board is committed to promoting a future of successful growth, while holding fast to our proud legacy of delivering a single, high standard of care to everyone in Miami-Dade County.”

healthUnder Obamacare, most former foster youth will now remain eligible for Medicaid until age 26 – if they remain in the states they lived in when they aged out of care.

Advocates emphasize that because many former foster youth fail to access Medicaid once they’ve left the child welfare system, it is important to keep them continuously covered until age 26 without having to re-determine their eligibility. It remains to be seen how states will make sure that former foster youth are aware of their eligibility and are able to enroll.

Grand Opening Celebration  drew local and national leaders

grove grand opening ribbon cuttingUnder a bright sunny sky, Community Health of South Florida Inc. leaders cut the ribbon on a new Coconut Grove Health Center earlier this month. The gesture was symbolic of good health and opportunity to all who need healthcare in that neighborhood. The new state of the art, soothing, spa-like facility at 3831 Grand Avenue in Miami  is an upscale medical center that caters to everyone.

Those without health insurance and without money for medical attention will now be able to receive quality, comprehensive medical care from CHI Primary care, OB/Gyn and Pediatric doctors. For the uninsured, services are provided on an income based sliding fee scale. CHI also offers complimentary transportation for those needing a ride to and from the center.

Study Presented at DDW® 2013 Finds Dramatic Changes

Research presented at this year’s Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) features new data on gut bacteria and colorectal cancer risk in African Americans. Researchers found a dramatic and rapid shift in gut microbiota after switching the diet in healthy subjects from a traditional Western diet to a Zulu African diet and vice-versa.

Funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, the study’s results might explain levels of colorectal cancer risk. “African Americans have the highest colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates of all racial groups in the U.S. The reasons for this are not yet understood,” said Franck Carbonero, postdoctoral research associate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Our findings offer insight into this disparity and pave the way for new research.”