The Influence of Financial Health on Population Health

By Roderick K. King, MD, MPH Chief Executive Officer, Florida Institute for Health Innovation A growing body of literature suggests that our financial well-being significantly influences our physical and mental health.  Poor “financial health,” a term we don’t usually hear, leaves individuals and families increasingly vulnerable to poor overall health outcomes, increases racial and ethnic […]

Health issues due to sea level rise impact communities in South Florida

July 11, 2016 (West Palm Beach, FL) – The Florida Institute for Health Innovation released a report today on communities from Palm Beach to Key West with the greatest risk for adverse health effects of sea level rise. In conjunction with the South Florida Regional Planning Council and Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Environmental Studies, […]

Stopping Zika: A call to action for Florida’s children, churches and corporations

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Every Community Deserves Good Health

Did you know that your zip code can be a predictor of your health? So can your place of birth, where you work and play, your income and education, and a host of other factors – in addition to the choices you make each day about what to eat, when to work out and whether […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]