Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI) is celebrating National Health Center Week with several free events Aug. 9-16, 2014. From back-to-school health fairs to an Affordable Care Act panel discussion, CHI is sponsoring events that encourage wellness and raise awareness of health services. 

The Back-to-school health fairs include entertainment from dance troupes and clowns to face painting and bounce houses as well as visits from the Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat mascots. There will also be free health screenings, backpack giveaways and educational resources for the entire family.

When Amber Cavarlez was in high school and her mother died of colon cancer, she and her Filipino Catholic family went to church and lit candles every day. But, she says, “After she passed, nothing was said about it. No one talked about it.”

In her home, she says, sadness was an “invisible subject.” And when she cried at school and sought help, she received an anonymous message through Facebook that said, “Don’t cry at school because no one cares.”

  • Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying
  • Cover skin with clothing or repellent
  • Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out

The Florida Department of Health today confirmed the first cases of locally acquired chikungunya (\chik-en-gun-ye) fever, one in Miami Dade County and the other in Palm Beach County. Chikungunya is a disease spread by bites from infected Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

Larkin Community Hospital (LCH) ranks as one of the best in the state of Florida and the nation in assuring patient safety according to findings by the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program. The program, part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), evaluates the nation's hospitals in an effort to reduce patient infections and other preventable conditions during hospital stays.

Hospitals nationwide were ranked on a scale of one to ten with ten reflecting the worst performance against the three measurements. LCH received a score of 1.35 which is one of the lowest and thus, amongst the very best nationwide. The rankings were compiled from reports detailing the frequency of incidents related to infection, bedsores, fractures, and blood clots.