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South Florida enjoys a rich melting pot of people and culturesfrom all over the world, and Baptist Health South Florida is tapping into the power behind diversity. As the region's largest faith-based, not-for-profit health care organization, Baptist Health is committed to being the “Best Place for Diversity. The organization joins others this month across the nation in celebrating Disability Mentoring Day. Set for Wednesday, October 19, 2011, the day allows mentees to gain experience and encourages increased hiring of people with disabilities. October 19 will also be Diversity Dining Day, when employees celebrate different cultures through an enticing ethnic cooking competition.
Florida Memorial University, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society (ACS), will host the third annual RELAY FOR LIFE event on April 9th-10th, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am on the University's Front Lawn. Formerly called the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer, the Relay For Life is an enjoyable overnight event that is designed to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, as well as to raise money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society. During the exciting all-night affair, different teams of people get together at a venue and take turns walking or running laps.
Any cuts to Medicaid pose a danger to African Americans and Latinos, groups disproportionately suffering from high rates of chronic disease and lack of health insurance, according to a study released last week. According to the report “Medicaid: A Lifeline for Blacks and Latinos with Serious Health Care Needs,about one in four African Americans and Hispanics with heart disease or who survived a stroke rely on the state- and federally-funded health insurance program for low-income Americans.
Miami-Dade County launched a new program to help residents deal with the high cost of prescription medications. Through a partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo), the free Prescription Discount Card program provides area residents with a card that offers an average of 24 percent savings off the retail price of prescription medications. The card can be used by those who do not have insurance or by those who have prescriptions not covered by insurance. The card can also be used on some pet medications and is accepted at 9 out of 10 pharmacies throughout the region.
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