â€œThe Miami Dade County Health Department joins community partners and advocates in recognizing the 18th annual National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 2012. Because early HIV diagnosis is critical in order to fully benefit from available life-saving treatments, Miami-Dade County Health Department encourages residents and visitors to get tested:
This includes anyone who has participated in unprotected sexual activity or has shared syringes or needles through drug use, tattooing or piercing, as well as all pregnant women and children born to HIV-positive women. Miami-Dade has an estimate of 25,711 persons living with HIV/AIDS as of December 31st 2011. One in 36 Blacks, one in 163 Hispanics, and one in 123 whites are living with HIV infection through 2011.
Ushering in a new, comprehensive approach to treating underserved South Florida patients living with HIV/AIDS, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has announced a partnership with Magic Johnson Enterprises and Clear Health Alliance, a Medicaid specialty plan offered by Simply Healthcare Plans, a minority owned and operated managed care plan.
Clear Health Alliance (CHA) was created to provide high quality medical services to the growing HIV/AIDS population in South Florida, many of whom do not have access to care. Earvin MagicÂ Johnson and Magic Johnson Enterprises are collaborating with the University of Miami and Clear Health Alliance to ensure that these medical services reach ethnically diverse urban communities in Miami-Dade County, which ranks first in the nation for new AIDS cases per capita. Neighboring Broward County ranks second.
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 at his 8th Annual Health and Safety Expo. Approximately 1,000 people attended the June 23rd event, undergoing free health check-ups for glucose, high blood pressure, HIV, 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 30 free mammogram tests on a first-come, first-served basis. Among other services offered, residents were able to apply for a driver's license or ID card, and vehicle tag renewals with the assistance of representatives from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Miami-Dade Parks Fit-to-Play summer campers are on their way to running more than 26,000 miles with the expansion of the successful Morning Mile program sponsored by AvMed Health Plans. During the first week of summer camp, Morning Mile kick-offs were held at parks all across Miami-Dade, including Country Village, Jefferson Reaves, Sr., and Hammocks Community Parks.
Children begin their day with a morning run, jog or walk. For every five miles, they receive collectible necklace charms. Twenty-six summer camps now participate in the Morning Mile program. The Morning Mile Program works. We have seen children improve their fitness habits and lose weight, said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys. The more kids are moving, the less likely they are to be battling childhood obesity.