The Oral Health Care System: Florida Analysis

The ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) has created at-a-glance reports on an assortment of oral health indicators for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Subjects for each include dental care utilization, oral health status, attitudes and oral health knowledge, fluoridation rates, reimbursement rates to providers, dentist to population ratios, and percentage of dentists who […]

What if all Florida communities had the same opportunities for health?

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] 8,000 Premature Deaths in Florida Could Be Prevented If All Florida Counties Had the Same Opportunity to Be Healthy New Report Highlights Health Gaps among Florida’s Counties  and Details Strategies for Improvement If we gave all Floridians a fair shot at being healthy, we could prevent nearly 8,000 premature deaths every year, according to […]

Who’s working collaboratively to build healthy communities?

From Seattle to Miami, collaborative leaders are working together for community resilience and health. ReThink Health recently released a new report, Multi-sector Partnerships for Health: 2014 Pulse Check Findings, profiling 133 initiatives nationwide that are driving health systems change. Report highlights include:   Florida’s communities listed in the report include the Bithlo Transformation Effort, Hialeah Healthy Families […]

Four ways to stay healthy during a hurricane

Four ways to protect your health during hurricane season By: Katharine Orr, FIHI Blogger Tropical storms and hurricanes are a norm for Floridians and its visitors, and most people prepare for them by taking measures to protect their homes and businesses. Indeed this is an important task, however the risks imposed by extreme tropical weather continue […]

Crime in Liberty City as a Public Health Issue

Originally published in the Miami Herald June 15, 2015 as an op-ed written by Dr. Roderick King. In recent months, the nightly news opens with stories of crime, violence, poverty and disparity in America’s cities and then, quite often, right before signing off, it presents a somewhat lighter feature giving us ways to improve our […]

Freedom, Fireworks and Fear: Combat Veterans and PTSD

On the 4th of July, as people across the country took time to celebrate “freedom,” a number of men and women who fought for our freedom, took cover from the sounds of fireworks, for many, an all too familiar sound of war. In May, we spent time honoring Americans who lost their lives fighting for […]

Liberty City Partnership Recognized as National Leader in Promoting Health

 (Miami, Florida): “Building a Healthy and Resilient Liberty City,” a collaboration between the Florida Institute for Health Innovation (FIHI), the Miami Children’s Initiative, Catalyst Miami, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and Jackson Health System is one of 18 American neighborhood projects selected by the BUILD Health Challenge to develop innovative approaches to […]

Keep Those Teeth: Dental Screenings for Older Americans

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]America’s aging population should not be losing their teeth. Today, three-quarters of people over 65 are retaining at least some of their natural teeth with improved self-care and regular visits to the dentist. Endangered oral health can be detected through a simple screening, but a large number of adults haven’t had someone look in their mouth […]

Improving Population Health with Roadmaps to Health Coaching

Ericka Burroughs-Girardi, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps community coach and Becky Bray Walsher and Alyssa Curtis of Live Well Northwest Florida discuss how they are using the Rankings to build a healthy community. In March, County Health Ranking & Roadmaps (CHR&R)* released the much anticipated 2015 Rankings. The Rankings provide a snapshot of the overall […]

Florida’s Healthy Communities in Action: The Healthy Youth Collaborative

With its Healthy Youth Collaborative, Heart of Florida United Way is collaboratively building Florida’s healthy communities, one child at a time. In 2013, Heart of Florida United Way teamed up with the City of Orlando, Orange County Public Schools and Orlando Health to launch the Healthy Youth Collaborative, an initiative dedicated to improving the health […]