Wendy Jackson
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Daytona Beach – In April, public health organizations across the country take the time to remind everyone of the important issues impacting diverse communities throughout the year during National Minority Health Month. To celebrate the month, the Florida Department of Health is also planning a Family Fun Day from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on April 25 at our Keech Street location in Daytona Beach.

National Minority Health Month is a time to raise awareness of health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities and to encourage action through health education, early detection and control of disease complications. In 1915, Booker T. Washington founded National Negro Health Week. Later in 2002, National Minority Health Month received support from the US Congress with a resolution that “encouraged all health organizations and Americans to undertake appropriate programs and activities to promote health in minorities and other communities experiencing health inequalities.”

In early 2019, the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County brought its healthcare services to the heart of Daytona Beach by opening a location at 421 S. Keech St. In 2019, a committee of volunteers organized by Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry named the clinic the Southside Health Zone. The location made it much easier for customers to access DOH services. The Keech Street location is near the John H. Dickerson Heritage Library, Halifax Health’s Keech Pediatric Neighborhood Care and the East Volusia Educational Center Head Start. Campbell Middle School is adjacent to the property.

Most clinical services available at other Department of Health locations in Daytona Beach, Orange City and New Smyrna Beach are available in the Southside Health Zone. These include the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which provides supplemental nutrition and education for pregnant, postpartum or lactating women and children up to age 5; clinical services including male and female contraception; pregnancy tests; breast exams and pap smears; Vaccinations for children and adults, and tests and treatments for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. Due to the pandemic, DOH-Volusia was unable to host a proper opening or officially welcome the community to the facility.

Our planned Family Fun Day will feature an exhibit featuring various services available in the community, rock art, scooter giveaways, food giveaways, food vouchers, crafts, food, music, games and a kids zone. Families can learn more about WIC, health screening, immunization and dental services offered by the Florida Department of Health.

The event complements that of Volusia County Strive to Thrive – partnerships for prosperity Initiative. The county animal services department will provide tips on responsible pet ownership with information on inexpensive pet services. Mobile hotspots and other services offered by Volusia County Library Services will also be available. The county’s Community Assistance Division will provide information on utility and housing assistance, summer programs for children and more.


About the Florida Department of Health

Nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, the department works to protect, promote, and improve the health of everyone in Florida through integrated state, provincial, and local efforts.

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