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 â€œInnovative 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 â€œMoving 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. â€œThe 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.
Davis 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.
Baptist Health South Florida International Services, a division of Baptist Health South Florida, partnered with Prime Minister Denzil L. Douglas, M.D., and the Honorable Marcella Liburd, minister of health, to host a seminar on women's health and related topics for healthcare practitioners and the residents of St. Kitts and Nevis. Titled "Current Prevention and Treatment of Cervical Cancer," the event took place June 26 at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino.
Baptist Health South Florida International Services officially announced the donation of 3,000 Pap test kits to the Ministry of Health during the seminar. At the request of Prime Minister Douglas, the Ministry of Health and Brian E. Keeley, president and chief executive officer of Baptist Health and Honorary Consul General of St. Kitts and Nevis in Florida, designed this seminar to educate women of all ages on the importance of cervical cancer screenings and the treatment options available to them.