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ronald-brummittWith 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.

v_sundaram_patientAny 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 “Medicaid: 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.

South Florida enjoys a rich melting pot of people and culturesfrom all over the world, and Baptist Health South Florida is tapping into the power behind diversity. As the region's largest faith-based, not-for-profit health care organization, Baptist Health is committed to being the “Best Place for Diversity.
 
The organization joins others this month across the nation in celebrating Disability Mentoring Day. Set for Wednesday, October 19, 2011, the day allows mentees to gain experience and encourages increased hiring of people with disabilities. October 19 will also be Diversity Dining Day, when employees celebrate different cultures through an enticing ethnic cooking competition.

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