Orange County Health Department - Events upcoming eventsWorld Breastfeeding WeekORLANDO- The Florida Department of Health in Orange County, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program recognizes August 1-7, 2013 as World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme, Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal - For Life! highlights the importance of providing support to breastfeeding families in order for them to achieve their breastfeeding goals.

 “Infant feeding is one of the most important decisions new families make. The benefits breastfeeding provides to the health of baby and mother are obvious. We are proud of our WIC moms who are nursing their babies, our peer counselors, and our Board Certified Lactation Consultants for the support they provide to these moms,” said Debra Amoedo, Public Health Nutrition WIC Program Director.

Breastfeeding has many benefits including: providing a uniquely perfect source of nutrition, cost savings, as well as both short and long term health benefits for the mother and the baby.  Breast milk protects a baby from illnesses including ear and upper respiratory infections, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and obesity.  Mothers that breastfeed their children have a better weight status than moms that use artificial baby milk. They also have a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, breast and ovarian cancer and postpartum depression.

Many women encounter barriers that can keep them from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals. Education, support, and encouragement from all sources make success possible for mothers who would like to breastfeed. Everyone can do their part to provide support to breastfeeding families. Family, friends, healthcare providers, businesses, employers, and childcare providers can play an important role in a mother’s success with breastfeeding.

“It is vital that breastfeeding families be supported by their community. This support can be expressed by healthcare providers adopting policies and practices that assume breastfeeding as the normal feeding method for infants as well as by employers providing a private place and flexible work options to express breast milk during the work day. The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is a breastfeeding friendly workplace,” said Dr. Kevin M. Sherin, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.


To find a lactation consultant in your community with expertise in worksite lactation support, visit your WIC Program or the International Lactation Consultant Association’s (ILCA) “Worksite Lactation Support” Directory. 

World Breastfeeding Week is coordinated globally by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).  For more information, visit the WABA website at .

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Free Back to School Physicals, August 4 & Wednesday, August 13A Town Hall-Action Meeting for Health Equity, July 26, 2014, 4:00-6:30 P.M.Back to School Immunization Events, 2014, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTNational HIV Testing Day 

ORLANDO – In order to encourage people to get tested, the Department of Health in Orange and Seminole Counties are joining community partners to host several events in observance of National HIV Testing Day this Friday, June 27, 2014.  The theme of this year’s campaign is “Take the Test, Take Control” which focuses on the importance of informing people to discover their HIV status and learn about access to prevention and healthcare services. 


In Orange County, free HIV testing will be available from 12 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Walgreens at 2420 East Colonial Drive on Friday, June 27, 2014. Free BMI, glucose and blood pressure tests will also be available. The event is sponsored by Walgreens, Heart of Florida United Way, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County and the Central Florida AIDS Planning Consortium.


In Seminole County, free HIV testing will be available at the health department at 400 West Airport Boulevard, Sanford from 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.


“Testing is so important, because routine HIV testing protects individuals, partners and the community's health,” said Dr. Kevin M. Sherin, director of the Department of Health in Orange County.


“Remember, AIDS-related deaths occur when people who are infected do not receive the testing, treatment, and care they need,” said Dr. Swannie Jett, Health Officer of the Department of Health in Seminole County.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care and that some people with risk factors get tested more often. Gay and bisexual men, people with more than one sex partner, people with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and people who inject drugs are at high risk and should get tested at least once a year.


This year marks the 20th annual National HIV Testing Day, a time to promote one of our best tools for HIV prevention. Too many people—one in six—who are living with HIV are not aware of it. That means they are not getting the treatment they need to stay healthy and may pass the virus on to others without knowing it.


For more information, on National HIV Testing Day, 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.
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.


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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.

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Tuesday, February 21- March 27 5:30pm - 6:30pm
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