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North Shore Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations Get With The Guidelines Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award.

The award recognizes North Shore Medical Center's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

The Miami-Dade County Health Department (MDCHD) will be honored at the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for developing a program that demonstrates exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local public health need.

The MDCHD implemented the Model Practice entitled “Innovative 2009 H1N1 Influenza Surveillance and was selected as one of 41 local health departments across the nation to receive NACCHO's Model Practice Award. This year's conference held in Hartford, CT focuses on the theme “Moving Public Health Forward in Challenging Economic Times.

A new supplemental issue of The Gerontologist urges aging researchers to include representative samples of ethnically diverse populations in their work. The publication also identifies research priorities for moving the science of recruitment and retention forward, in addition to providing several strategies that scholars can employ in their work.

The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that non-white minorities will make up 42 percent of the country's 65-and-over population by 2050. “The cultural-historical background and sociopolitical conditions of each diverse group poses unique challenges in developing successful recruitment and retention methods and strategies, stated Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD, a former president of The Gerontological Society of America, in the issue's introduction.

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.