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Family physicians volunteer vital medical services to underserved community

Family physicians volunteer vital medical services to underserved community

 

Sovereign immunity offers better access to care, protection from liability

For the thousands of underinsured and underserved patients who visit clinics in cities throughout the state, family physicians are the frontline for medical treatment that they might not otherwise receive.

“It’s the family physicians who keep patients from disability and the clinics are certainly an alternative to emergency room visits,” said Dr. Sue Nussbaum, MD, MBA, Executive Director of We Care Jacksonville, a provider of specialty medical services for uninsured and underserved individuals in Duval County. 

TODAY: YMCA Offers Week of Free Type 2 Diabetes Screening

TODAY: YMCA Offers Week of Free Type 2 Diabetes Screening

One in three people in America are at risk for type 2 diabetes. That's more than 79 million people, according to the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes is the gateway to many additional health complications including, heart disease, nerve disease, kidney disease, stroke, blindness and more. Because diabetes is a silent and progressive disease, 50 percent of those at high risk do not realize it.

Type 2 diabetes is preventable if you make a change before it's too late, but there's no turning back once you receive a diagnosis.

YMCA Offers Week of Free Type 2 Diabetes Screening

YMCA Offers Week of Free Type 2 Diabetes Screening

One in three people in America are at risk for type 2 diabetes. That's more than 79 million people, according to the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes is the gateway to many additional health complications including, heart disease, nerve disease, kidney disease, stroke, blindness and more. Because diabetes is a silent and progressive disease, 50 percent of those at high risk do not realize it.

Type 2 diabetes is preventable if you make a change before it's too late, but there's no turning back once you receive a diagnosis.

The YMCA is doing everything possible to raise awareness for the startling reality of our country's diabetes epidemic. Locally, the Y has planned a week of free screenings, September 19 through 22, open to everyone in the community to learn their risk.

Youth Can Win Up To $1,500 in Health-Related PSA Contest

Building on the success of last year’s competition, the Florida Bureau of Immunization (BOI) has announced an open call for entries to its second “You Call the Shots” contest. Teenagers ages 11 to 18 are invited to produce and submit a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) about HPV or meningitis immunizations.

Upbeat Pink: A Musical Tribute to Breast Cancer Survivorship

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Mayo Clinic and the University of North Florida are honoring the occasion by hosting the seventh annual “Upbeat Pink: A Musical Tribute to Breast Cancer Survivorship” concert on Saturday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Lazzara Performance Hall on the UNF campus in Jacksonville. The Upbeat Pink concert is free and open to the public.

Buying Colored Contacts Outside a Doctor's Office Could be Dangerous

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Color contacts are used to give you a different look. Say - Blue eyes when your eyes are brown. But if you don't get them from a doctor and use them correctly, you could do serious damage to your eye. And one local store had the lenses on the shevles.

A local Optician contacted First Coast News after one of his patients saw the lenses at a gas station.

"She had noticed a teenager purchasing contacts at a gas station. And she said hey, is this legal? It doesn't seem legal," said Vice Cottone, an Optician.

In Florida it's a felony to sell contact lenses without a prescription.

Cottone thought it was so serious, he went out to the gas station himself.

"Went out there and checked it out, and sure enough they were selling contact lenses at a gas station," he said.  

Florida Blue Celebrates Seniors at its September Senior Wellness Health Seminar

Florida Blue Celebrates Seniors at its September Senior Wellness Health Seminar

Florida Blue Celebrates Seniors at its

September Senior Wellness Health Seminar

 

WHAT:                        This month, seniors and boomers around the country are celebrating living longer, fuller lives by making proactive changes in their lifestyles in order to stay healthy as aging occurs. To assist them with these healthy choices, the Jacksonville Florida Blue center invites local seniors and their families to its free Health Seminar observing Senior Wellness Month on September 10.