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Community Health of South Florida, Inc. recently received a nearly two million dollar federal  grant to provide health care services to some of the most needy and under-served people in Coconut Grove and South Miami. Out of several bids, the Health Resources and Services Administration choose CHI as the provider of choice to bring primary medical care and a host of other services to that area.

This is just one of three new centers to open in the next four months. The new Coconut Grove, South Miami and Kendall centers will bring CHI’s services farther North into areas previously not serviced by the non-profit company. The majority of CHI’s seven current health care centers are farther south, primarily in the South Miami Dade area.

indiaCervical cancer used to kill more women in the United States than any other cancer. Today, deaths in the US are almost unheard of thanks to a decades-old test called a Pap smear, which allows for early detection and treatment.

In India, however, tens of thousands of women still die each year from cervical cancer.

“It’s just not possible for us to provide [the Pap test] as frequently as it is done in the West,” says Dr. Surendra Shastri, a cancer specialist at Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai.

imageAmy M. Rosa, MSMI, RN, has been named Interim Director of the South Florida Regional Extension Center (SFREC). Established by the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology in 2010, the SFREC assists more than 3,000 health care providers in eight counties as they adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records. Rosa has served as Assistant Director of the SFREC since September 2011. Prior to coming to the SFREC, she served as Manager of Care Provider Services at Broward Health.

“During the past year, Amy has done an excellent job as Assistant Director of Florida’s   largest Regional Extension Center,” said Kevin Kearns, President and CEO of Health Choice Network of Florida. “As Interim Director, she will continue to provide physicians with the health IT guidance necessary to transform their practices.”

Gay rights protest-1Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. It marks efforts to increase awareness, fight stigma, improve education and raise funds to better respond to the threat of HIV/AIDS.

It is because of programs like this, and many others, that more people are surviving and living the condition once considered an automatic death sentence.

According to the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) World AIDS Day Report 2011: “An estimated 34 million people were living with HIV worldwide, up 17 percent from 2001. This reflects the continued large number of new HIV infections and a significant expansion of access to antiretroviral therapy, which has helped reduce AIDS-related deaths...The number of people dying of AIDS-related causes fell to 1.8 million in 2010, down from a peak 2.2 million in the mid-2000s.”