Orange County Health Department - Events upcoming eventsDEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday April 26th 10am - 2pm2014 Health Summit - Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties, May 15, 2014 9:00 A.M. to 1 P.M.Two Minority Health Month Workshops, April 23, & Monday, April 28, 2014Florida Hospital Women’s Mobile Wellness and Florida Radiology Imaging (FRi) are offering a day of *screening mammograms and FREE Bone Mineral Density scans at the Annual 5k Walk and Health Fair at Barnett Park. 

Don’t miss this convenient opportunity!

RSVP Today (spaces are limited):   (407) 303- 1615

*No prescription required – Most insurance plans accepted - $81 self-pay

Susan G. Komen funding is available for women who qualify. Please call to confirm.

Saturday, April 5, 2014
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
4801 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32808

Only screening mammograms (routine, annual exams for women with no current breast problems) are offered by our mobile mammography units. Screening mammograms are performed on women 35 and older. If younger, a physician referral is required for a diagnostic mammogram which cannot be performed on the mobile unit.

If you have had previous mammograms at a facility other than Florida Hospital or Florida Radiology location, bring you breast images with you.

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Spring Break Shots - Free school-required vaccinations 25-27, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.Boot Camp for New Dads Annual Youth SummitJoin us for our 3rd Annual Youth Summit!


Harbor House of Central Florida, Help Now of Osceola and the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence invite parents and youth ages 13 to 18 to participate in our one day, "Violence is Preventable" summit. Workshops will include the topics of teen dating violence, conflict resolution and communication, social media and self-care.


Saturday, February 22, 2014 

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Orlando First Baptist Church 

3000 S. John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819 

Registration, lunch, and activities are free. Space is available for parents and guardians to attend adult workshops. All youth and adults must register online.


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8th Annual 5K Walk & Health Fair 

Join us at the

8th Annual 5K Walk & Health Fair (pdf 315 kb)

April 5, 2014
On-site registration begins 8:00 a.m.
Walk begins 9:00 a.m.

Barnett Park
4801 W. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32808

Register Now Online!

Have you set a Goal to Become Healthier this Year?
Come join us! SATURDAY, April 5th from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Good for the whole family (strollers welcome!)


Join The Orange County Health Department and the Orange County Government and take one giant step toward making our communities the healthiest in the nation! Join us for this easy, 5K walk which is great for kids, grandparents and everyone in between. There is a 1 Mile course for seniors and young children.

For more information call 407-858-1464 or email

Activities Include:

  • Health screenings
  • Sampling of healthy cuisine
  • Fitness Assessment  
  • Zumba
  • Tai Chi Demonstration  
  • Games for the Kids  
  • Hula hoop contests (children and adults)
  • Healthy snacks
  • Door prizes

All participating businesses and organizations will receive a certificate

-Florida Hospital Free Screenings-

The Florida Hospital Women’s Mobile Wellness and Florida Radiology Imaging (FRi) are offering a day of screening mammograms and FREE Bone Mineral Density scans at the walk. 

Don’t miss this convenient opportunity!

No prescription required – Most insurance plans accepted - $81 self-pay

Susan G. Komen funding is available for women who qualify. Please call to confirm.

RSVP Today (spaces are limited): (407) 303- 1615

* If you have had previous mammograms at a facility other than Florida Hospital or Florida Radiology location, bring you breast images with you.

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Bowling for Babies 22, 2014, 2 pm - 4 pmNATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY 

ORLANDO - In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a community wide coalition of agencies lead by the Multi-Cultural Addictions Network, Inc. and the Florida Department of Health in Orange County have come together to continue raising awareness about HIV/AIDS in the black community.   

The National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day signature event will feature choirs from across Orlando coming together at the Pine Hills Performing Arts Center, 5600 W. Colonial Dr. Suite 302 Orlando, FL 32808 on February 7th from 4:00-8:00pm to raise their voices in harmony and bring family, friends and neighbors to get tested for HIV/AIDS.  There will be individual incentives and an award for the choir that brings the most individuals to be tested.   The event includes free testing, a candlelight memorial and the recognition of “Unsung Heroes” in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the areas of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS services and community advocacy. The entire community is invited to participate in this free event. 


Media members are invited to attend the press conference at 5:30pm to learn more about the status of HIV/AIDS in our community and what is being done to reach heavily impacted areas of our community.


The Florida Department of Health estimates that:


  • As of 2012, there were 98,530 people living with HIV statewide, but Blacks account for 49% of the total.
  • Blacks comprise only 14% of the adult population in Florida, but represent 44% of adult HIV infection cases and 53% of adult AIDS cases reported in 2012.
  • In Orange County through 2012 there was 7,174 persons living with a diagnosis of HIV, of those 3,058 were Blacks.   

The National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event can help reduce these statistics by encouraging individuals to get educated about HIV, get tested, get involved and if positive, get treated.


This year marks the 14th national observance and the 12th anniversary of Orlando’s observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The campaign is a national HIV testing and treatment mobilization initiative that is designed to build the capacity and increase awareness, participation and support for HIV prevention, care and treatment among Black Americans and the population in general. The primary goal of NBHAAD is to motivate Black People to get tested and know their HIV status, get educated about the transmission modes of HIV/AIDS, get involved in their local community, and get treated if they are currently living with HIV or are newly diagnosed.


For more information on the events please call 407-297-1185. To learn more about the national event, please visit




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Orlando – The Florida Department of Health in Orange County will be holding free flu shot events to offer more opportunities for those who want to get vaccinated against the flu. It is not too late to get vaccinated because a typical flu season usually peaks in February. The flu shots will be available at no cost, on a first come first served walk-in basis, while supplies last at the following three event locations:


  • Thursday, January, 30, 2014, 10:00am-1:00pm  Barnett Park, Dolphin Room, 4801 West Colonial Drive, Orlando.
  • Friday, January 31, 2014, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm  Renaissance Senior Center, South Econlockhatchee Community Park, 3850 South Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando.
  • Monday, February 3, 2014, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Coalition for the Homeless, Men’s Pavilion, 639 W. Central Boulevard, Orlando.  

In Florida, the most common influenza subtype detected at the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories (BPHL) in recent weeks has been influenza A (2009 H1N1). The strain is causing similar complications as it did in 2009. This year's vaccine does provide coverage of H1N1.   


The majority of deaths from flu in the United States have occurred in persons with underlying chronic health conditions. Pregnant women, young children, cancer patients, people with asthma, diabetes, suppressed immune systems, heart disease, and kidney disease need to pay particular attention to personal hygiene, avoid close contact to infected persons, and consult with their healthcare provider regarding the influenza vaccine.


Additional flu prevention steps include washing your hands often, keeping your hands away from your face and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing and coughing. Symptoms of the flu include headache, fever, severe cough, sore throat, runny nose or body aches. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see your primary care provider immediately for guidance on treatment.


It is important for you and your family members to get a flu vaccine every year.  Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, retail stores, pharmacies, health centers, and by many employers and schools. Check with your physician, the Florida Department of Health in Orange or Seminole Counties or visit  to search for a location to receive your flu vaccine.



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2014 Community Exercise Volunteer Victims March 13, 6:00am—1:00pm2014 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.
Perhaps this can be posted on the external website for, on healthy measures, and other sites.

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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.


Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For news story ideas, interviews, videos and more from DOH Communications visit the DOH Online Newsroom.


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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

Download Flyer (PDF 322kb)

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