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World AIDS Day December 1 2017

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Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County along with the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) observes December 1st each year as World AIDS Day. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, establishing an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness, and to inspire the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

The Florida Department of Health encourages all Floridians to put the flu vaccine between you and the disease this year by receiving your flu vaccination today! Check with your physician, your county health department, or use our Flu Shot Locator to schedule your flu vaccine. Visit FluFreeFlorida.com for more information on how to be a part of #FluFreeFlorida. 

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During National Minority Health Month in April, the Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) will join its partners in raising public awareness about efforts across health, education, justice, housing, transportation and employment sectors to address the factors known as the social determinants of health-environmental, social and economic conditions that impact health. The OMHHE will continue to bridge efforts across Florida to help decrease and eliminate health disparities, accelerate health equity, and to build stronger and healthier communities.

National Minority Health Month began over 100 years ago as a National Negro Health Week. In April 1915, Dr. Booker T. Washington dispatched a letter to the leading African American newspapers, proposing the observance of "National Negro Health Week. Health was the key to progress and equity in all other things, he argued: "Without health and long life, all else fails." He called on local health departments, schools, churches, businesses, professional associations, and the most influential organizations in the African-American community to "pull together" and "unite…in one great National Health Movement." That observance grew into what is today a month-long initiative to advance health equity across the country, on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities-National Minority Health Month.

To ensure Floridians in all communities have opportunities to achieve healthier outcomes, the Florida Department of Health has chosen Health Equity as one of its seven top priorities areas. Florida has experienced lower morbidity and mortality rates across several diseases, however gaps continue to exist. All Floridians regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, geographic location and physical and developmental differences should be able to attain the highest level of health. Eliminating health gaps between different communities in Florida is a Strategic priority for the department.

Dissimilarities in the health status and well-being of communities, also known as health disparities, affect all Floridians. Throughout April, help raise awareness of the unparalleled efforts underway across health, education, justice, housing, transportation and employment, among sectors, to address the environmental, social and economic conditions known as social determinants of health. These conditions affect daily living in the places that people, live, work, learn, and play and have significant impact on the health outcomes of individual and their communities, and the prosperity of our state.

The National of Office of Minority Health will further engage federal, national, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners across public and private sector initiatives to increase awareness of and to facilitate deeper collaboration on efforts to end health disparities and achieve health equity for all.

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