Patients Living With HIV Will Be Available For Media Interviews

Miami Dade is ranked number one in the nation for the highest number of new AIDS cases per capita in the United States and second in the nation for the number of children with AIDS.

More than 125,000 people are believed to be living with HIV in Florida. Even though African Americans make up just 20 percent of the population in Dade County, they account for more than 50 percent of HIV/AIDS cases.

BACKPACKSNursing students at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) renowned Benjamin Leon School of Nursing prepared hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies, shoes, personalized trinkets among other items for children in the impoverished, disaster-prone area of Gonaives, Haiti.

The project is part of a community service class taught by MDC Nursing Professor Dr. Marie O. Etienne, who is receiving this year’s top international Nightingale Medal from the American Red Cross.  Of the five American nurses receiving the award, Dr. Etienne, a Port-au-Prince native, is the only honoree from South Florida. Dr. Etienne will distribute the backpacks on her upcoming trip to Gonaives, Haiti (July 11-14) where she will provide exams and medical treatment to families and local children, including about two dozen orphans who lost both parents to the quake. Photo credit: Carlos Llano/Miami Dade College.

Sharpton-DarrylDarryl K. Sharpton, CPA/ABV was selected to serve as chairman of The Public Health Trust Board of Trustees (PHT) at its organizational meeting on June 3, 2013. This follows a two-year commitment as vice chairman of the Financial Recovery Board (FRB). The Jackson Board has returned to its traditional name – PHT – following a two-year assignment, which helped lead Miami-Dade’s public health system out of a crisis.

Darryl Sharpton was unanimously elected as the new chairman during the organizational meeting. “I am proud to be chosen as chairman,” he said. “The Jackson board is committed to promoting a future of successful growth, while holding fast to our proud legacy of delivering a single, high standard of care to everyone in Miami-Dade County.”

healthUnder Obamacare, most former foster youth will now remain eligible for Medicaid until age 26 – if they remain in the states they lived in when they aged out of care.

Advocates emphasize that because many former foster youth fail to access Medicaid once they’ve left the child welfare system, it is important to keep them continuously covered until age 26 without having to re-determine their eligibility. It remains to be seen how states will make sure that former foster youth are aware of their eligibility and are able to enroll.