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Untitled-1Davis Vision, through its Focus on America program, has partnered with Miami-Dade Public Library System to provide free eye care to more than 500 uninsured local youngsters who otherwise would not receive such care. The screenings were part of the company's Bring a Book. Get a Book. See a Book. literacy initiative.

The screenings were conducted during three days at four branches of Miami-Dade Library System: South Dade, Homestead, Lemon City and North Dade branches. At the community event, children received free library cards and free books donated from First Book, a nonprofit that provides books to children in an effort to promote literacy.

Baptist Health South Florida International Services, a division of Baptist Health South Florida, partnered with Prime Minister Denzil L. Douglas, M.D., and the Honorable Marcella Liburd, minister of health, to host a seminar on women's health and related topics for healthcare practitioners and the residents of St. Kitts and Nevis.  Titled "Current Prevention and Treatment of Cervical Cancer," the event took place June 26 at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino. 

Baptist Health South Florida International Services officially announced the donation of 3,000 Pap test kits to the Ministry of Health during the seminar. At the request of Prime Minister Douglas, the Ministry of Health and Brian E. Keeley, president and chief executive officer of Baptist Health and Honorary Consul General of St. Kitts and Nevis in Florida, designed this seminar to educate women of all ages on the importance of cervical cancer screenings and the treatment options available to them.

South Florida residents and families lined up outside of the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center to take advantage of a wealth of health services offered by Chairman Joe A. Martinez and his 7th Annual Health and Safety Expo.

Approximately 1,000 people attended the June 25 event, undergoing free health check-ups for glucose, high blood pressure, HIV, hemoglobin, cholesterol, and much more. Children received free immunizations with a parent or legal guardian's permission and vaccination records, and Jackson Heath System provided over 20 free mammogram tests on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc. has announced that The American Optometric Association (AOA) and Optometry Cares -The AOA Foundation have awarded a grant through their 2011 Healthy Eyes Healthy People (HEHP) Community Grant Program. The grant is made possible by the generous support of Luxottica Group. "We are very grateful for Luxottica's support.

Healthy vision is one of the most important tools children need for success in school; when their vision suffers, so does their learning," said Virginia A. Jacko, President & CEO of Miami Lighthouse. The funding will allow Miami Lighthouse to create tri-lingual brochures and educational material about the importance of early intervention and eye examinations for children, targeting parents, school officials and community leaders.

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