Wendi Jackson
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Daytona Beach – In April, public health entities across the country take the time to remind everyone of the important issues affecting various 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 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 25, at our Keech Street location in Daytona Beach.

National Minority Health Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations and to encourage action through health education, early detection and control of disease complications. In 1915, Booker T. Washington created National Negro Health Week. Later in 2002, National Minority Health Month received support from the U.S. Congress with a resolution that encouraged “all health organizations and Americans to conduct appropriate programs and activities to promote health in minority communities.” and other health disparity communities”.

In early 2019, the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County moved its health services to the heart of Daytona Beach by opening a location at 421 S. Keech St. In 2019, a volunteer committee organized by Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry, named the clinic. Southside Health Zone. The location made it easy for clients 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 Head Start Education Center. Campbell Middle School is located adjacent to the property.

Most clinical services available at other Department of Health sites in Daytona Beach, Orange City, and New Smyrna Beach are available in the Southside Health Zone. This includes the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program which provides additional nutrition and education for pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding women and children up to age 5; clinical services, including birth control for men and women; pregnancy tests; breast exams and pap smears; immunization of children and adults, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. Due to the pandemic, DOH-Volusia was unable to hold a true grand opening or officially welcome the community to the facility.

Our planned family fun day includes a display of various services available in the community, rock painting, scooter giveaways, grocery giveaways, grocery vouchers, arts and crafts, food, music, games and a children’s area. Families will be able to learn more about WIC, health screenings, vaccinations, and dental services offered by the Florida Department of Health.

Event compliments Volusia County Strive to Prosper – Partners for Prosperity initiative. The County Animal Services Division will provide guidance on responsible pet ownership along with information on low-cost pet services. Mobile hotspots and other services available from Volusia County Library Services will also be available. The county’s Community Assistance Division will provide information on public services and housing assistance, summer programs for children and more.


About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Councilstrives to protect, promote and improve the health of all Florida residents through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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