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Celebrate National Public Health Week
National Public Health Week is celebrated the first full week of April each year to spread awareness of what public health has accomplished and to highlight the important issues for improving the health of the nation. The Public Health system is what keeps this nation healthy. This system in Florida is not only the Department of Health and local health departments but it is the entire community working to improve the health of every resident. This year April 7-13 marks the observance. Each day this week, a single health topic will be highlighted to spread the word of how important each topic is to high level wellness. Each day a table of information will be presented in the lobby of the Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County to show how you can be a part of helping improve the nation’s health.
Monday, April 7 – Be Healthy From the Start.
From maternal health and school
nutrition to emergency preparedness, public health starts at home. Information about Breastfeeding
and the Healthy Start
program will be showcased. Prenatal care can keep
mothers and their babies healthy. For an archive of all of our previous articles, please see our
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Health Department Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2014
Contact: DOH-Suwannee (386) 362-2708
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN SUWANNEE COUNTY ADDRESSES COUNTY HEALTH RANKINGS
Live Oak – The Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and today acknowledged the 5th annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the Department at www.floridacharts.com.
"The Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County recognizes the importance of working with community partners to address the health of our community," said Pamela Blackmon, Administrator, Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County. "I am pleased to report that our community has an active health improvement partnership working on improving the community’s health."
These rankings are a snapshot of the health of counties across the country and they emphasize that health is not a singular effort but a combined work in progress across all community partners. The Department works in collaboration with local governments, non-profit organizations, health care facilities, business groups, schools, faith-based organizations and many other stakeholders to improve the health of all people in Suwannee County. These rankings use data related to physical environments, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care.
In Suwannee County, the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is designed to address specific opportunities for improved health that have been identified by the community. The Department has partnered with many stakeholders to implement the CHIP and collaborates regularly to track progress. The Suwannee Health Advisory Group (SHAG) meets monthly at the health department to address community health issues. Some of the health issues currently being addressed by the SHAG include healthy weight, physical activity and nutrition. Nutrition and physical activity are directly linked to healthy weight and overall health. Suwannee County is pleased to be a part of the Surgeon General’s Healthiest Weight Florida campaign.
"Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an entire community to improve health," said Pamela Blackmon, Administrator, Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County. "SHAG members are working diligently to help improve our health, but they can’t do it alone. Every individual in Suwannee County has the opportunity to improve their health and the health of the entire community. Let’s just get healthy!"
DOH protects, promotes and improves the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
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