Orange County Health Department - Events upcoming events12th Annual Caribbean Health SummitORLANDO – Chronic diseases are the most common and costly of all health problems, but they are also the most preventable. The 12th Annual Caribbean Health Summit offers an opportunity for the community to learn important strategies to prevent illness, improve wellness and quality of life. This free community event will take place on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 8:00am to 2:30pm at the Central Florida Fair & Exposition Park (Fairgrounds), located at 4603 West Colonial Drive, Orlando.


The theme of this year’s event “Hope for Healing” emphasizes healing of the mind, body, and spirit. The summit will offer mammogram  screening on Friday, September 5th and on Saturday, September 6th by appointment only. To schedule a free mammogram  screening, please call (407) 648-9440 ext. 14.  Many other health screenings will be made available, such as:


•           Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

•           Eye exams

•           Dental Exams

•           Body Mass Index

•           Cholesterol


This family fun event will also include a Kid’s Corner and activities for adults of any age including Zumba. 


“I believe that it's important to have healthy behaviors! Healthy behaviors impact the way we think and I believe have a direct impact on our emotions. When we feel good about ourselves we behave differently, there is less tension and it raises our self-esteem. The bible says it is God’s desire that we prosper and be in health as our souls prosper. The Caribbean health summit will have a wealth of knowledge and information that will allow any person and family to begin the start to healthy living,” said Pastor Frank E. Thompson, President of Youth Central.


The summit is hosted by the Center for Multicultural Wellness and Prevention Inc. (CMWP) in collaboration with the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce of Florida Inc., the Greater Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Orlando, Florida Department of Health in Orange County and Florida Hospital.


The event will also be supported by local sponsors, such as Florida Hospital (Premier Sponsor), Humana Market Point (Bronze Sponsor), The Assistance Fund (Silver Sponsor), Florida Department of Agriculture/Fresh from Florida (Gold Sponsor), Central Florida Family Health (Gold Sponsor), City of Orlando (Bronze Sponsor), Amerigroup Real Solution (Bronze Sponsor), Florida Blue (Silver Sponsor), Wellcare (Silver Sponsor), FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers (Bronze Sponsor), Western & Southern Life (Bronze Sponsor), Daisy W. Lynum Commissioner Emeritus, City of Orlando (Bronze), Florida Blue (Bronze Sponsor), Café Kreyol & Bar (Bronze Sponsor), Antonio Lemus, CPA, PA (Bronze Sponsor),Unitransfer USA (Bronze Sponsor), VITAS Hospice Services (Bronze Sponsor)   and Consulate of Haiti Orlando Office (Silver Sponsor). There will also be many other community organizations and agencies that will be supporting this important community event.


CMWP is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization with the mission to enhance the health, wellness and quality of life for diverse and ethnic populations in Central Florida.  Celebrating its 20th year in the community, this nonprofit has a well-defined history of providing health education and outreach to Central Florida’s minority population. CMWP is an established non-clinical setting, health education and outreach agency in Orlando, Florida. The organization has successfully partnered with community and social agencies to effectively address the health education needs of Central Florida’s minority communities.


For more information about CMWP, please call (407)648-9440 or visit our website at .


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Back to School Immunization Events, 2014, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTFree Door Alarms Available To Save a Life 

ORLANDO – The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is offering a free small device that could help save a child from drowning. Any Orange County resident who has a residential pool with children between the ages of 1 and 12 years old may be eligible to receive free door alarms that can be placed on a door or window leading out to the pool area. The alarms, which alert a parent when a child has opened a door or window, are being provided through a statewide drowning prevention campaign called WaterproofFL while supplies last. 

It takes less than thirty second for a child to drown, and Florida leads the nation in drowning deaths in children between the ages of one and four. “Parents and designated water watchers must keep their eyes on the kids at all times. Don't let your guard down,” said Dr. Kevin Sherin director of the Department of Health in Orange County.


The Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act requires pools built after 2000 to have at least one approved pool safety feature. However, over 90% of Florida’s home swimming pools were built before this act.


The WaterproofFL campaign focuses on three layers of protection, supervision, barriers, and emergency preparedness.


  • Supervision is the first and most crucial layer of protection, meaning that someone is always actively watching when a child is in the pool.
  • Barriers mean that a child should never be able to enter the pool area unaccompanied by a guardian. A barrier should physically block a child from the pool.
  • Emergency preparedness. The moment a child stops breathing there is a small, precious window of time in which resuscitation may occur, but only if someone knows CPR. Knowing how to perform CPR can mean the difference between life and death.


You can help prevent Florida’s children from drowning by implementing the layers of protection and pledging to become a Water Watcher. To receive a Free Door Alarm, contact Karen Johnson at the Florida Department of Health in Orange County at 407-858-1456.  For more information on the campaign, go to

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2014 Car Seat Safety Training Classes through December 2014Healthy Orange Florida Collaboration 

The Healthy Orange Florida Collaboration needs your help!  This collaboration is comprised of local health partners including the health department, hospitals, behavior health providers, local government, and non-profit groups who are coming together to work on our comprehensive Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The top goals of the CHIP are to decrease diabetes and heart disease rates and deaths, prevent and reduce the rate of preterm births, and improve the prevention and control of infectious diseases.
We meet at Marks Street Senior Center on the first Friday of each month at 1 p.m. The collaboration will form subcommittees to do the work of the CHIP and the State Health Improvement plan (SHIP) in our community. We need community partners to also get involved. The community is integrating efforts for healthiest weight, reducing preterm births, heart disease, diabetes and infectious disease.
In September, the collaboration will begin a project on Senior Flu immunizations to increase the protection in that community. Children also need flu vaccines. Please help spread the word during the coming week and month.
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~ Preparedness Plans in Place to Ensure Detection, Care~


TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health (DOH) continues to closely monitor the influenza A H7N9 outbreak in China and is prepared to activate the agency’s pandemic response team should it be recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). No influenza A H7N9 cases have been reported in the United States, however, the Department is being proactive by highlighting CDC guidance for testing and diagnosis of influenza A H7N9 to health care professionals to ensure detection of possible cases in Florida and to provide the best possible care if needed.


“Our Department is actively monitoring developments in China with H7N9,” said Dr. John Armstrong, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health. “Florida is ready to respond quickly to any public health crisis.” 


According to the CDC, avian influenza A viruses usually do not infect humans, however, rare cases of human infection with avian influenza A viruses have been reported. Most human infections have occurred following direct or close contact with infected poultry and are not transferred from person to person.


Floridians traveling to China should follow some basic safety steps: wash hands often or use hand sanitizer; avoid contact with eyes, nose and mouth; eat meats and poultry products, including eggs, only if they have been cooked thoroughly; avoid touching animals, alive or dead, and stay away from farms, poultry markets, or other markets where animals are present.


If travelers returning from China become ill, they should advise their healthcare provider right away about their recent travel. Symptoms of influenza A H7N9 flu include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Travelers can visit for up-to-date information about CDC’s travel recommendations.


Additional information about the H7N9 virus is available by visiting


DOH protects, promotes and improves the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.


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Quit Smoking Now Classes 

Register today for FREE! This is a 6 week program to become tobacco-free and includes nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches at no cost to you! Registration is required. Classes sizes are limited. To register please call 1-877-252-6094.

Classes available at:

Tuesday, February 21- March 27 5:30pm - 6:30pm
6101 Lake Ellenor Dr.
Orlando, FL 32809

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