Today, Governor Rick Scott appointed Dr. John H. Armstrong M.D. to serve as State Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health. He will assume this role on May 23, 2012.
Dr. Armstrong is recognized as a national expert in medical team training and public health preparedness for disasters, and his leadership will be a great asset to the citizens of Florida,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Governor Rick Scott. As an outstanding trauma surgeon, public health professional, educator and military veteran, he will be a great addition to my executive leadership team.
With its students, employees and the community's needs in mind, Miami Dade College (MDC) Medical Campus recently celebrated the opening of its new Wellness Clinic with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Wellness Clinic will provide services to Medical Campus students and Medical Campus part-time employees. It will provide physical exams, labs, drug screening, HIV Testing, bone density scans and EKGs. Services to the community-at-large are being planned for a later time.
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 â€œMedicaid: 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.