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Take a Loved One to the Doctor Month

Contact the Office of Minority Health


Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day is a national campaign encouraging people to take charge of their own health and then to encourage their loved ones to do the same. The message is all about prevention and letting people know that going to the doctor, being active and eating right are necessary tools for a longer, happier, healthier life.

The Office of Minority Health is urging all Floridians to take charge of their health and encourage their loved ones to seek healthcare in honor of Take a Loved One to the Doctor Month. Initially launched by Tom Joyner and the US Department of Health & Human Services, this campaign specifically aims to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations as well as the elderly, underserved and underrepresented communities. 

The goal of Take a Loved One to the Doctor Month is to encourage families and others to join together to promote good health in our communities by taking a loved one for a health screening, making and keeping an appointment to see a licensed physician or other health care provider, attend a health event, or help a friend, neighbor or family member do the same during the month of September.

The Department urges all Floridians to focus on prevention and early detection. By participating in this observance, the department is helping to provide Floridians with the tools needed to take charge of their health. Prevention and treatment will help to combat preventable diseases and health disparities amongst the citizens of Florida. The use of these tools, however, starts with a decision. We must each take charge of our own health.

When your loved one puts off seeing the doctor, a small health problem can become a serious one. And some of the most serious health issues don't have obvious symptoms.

While it's important for people of all ages to see a doctor regularly, people age 50 and over are more at risk for a host of medical conditions and should see a doctor at least once a year. Here are just a few reasons you should take a loved one to the doctor:

•           Help your loved one learn what he or she needs to do to get     and stay healthy.

•           Reassure the whole family about your loved one's health.

•           Use this as a reminder to see the doctor yourself.

•           You might save a loved one's life!

This year, the Office of Minority Health solicits your participation in establishing a statewide network of health care providers, health centers, clinics, physicians, and health departments who would offer health services and screenings to individuals in our communities who are uninsured or underinsured. Through a coordinated statewide campaign, we hope that more people will get involved, take advantage of the available services offered by our health care system, and assist others who are in need. 

See a doctor and take a loved one to the doctor if he or she has been putting it off. Also, do your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle and make responsible personal choices. Most of all, remember that information is power – so use it to motivate yourself to better health for you and your loved ones!

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to the e-mail address listed below.

If you would like to participate in this year’s campaign for Take a Loved One to the Doctor Month, please contact Cheryl Graham at

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