Sunday will conclude the celebration of National Public Health Week, which started on Monday, April 4, 2016. In celebration, throughout the week the Florida Department of Health in Gulf/Franklin County highlighted many of their fine programs provided to the public. Below is a recap of the programs highlighted.
Friday, April 8 Highlight: School Health Program
Thursday, April 7 Highlight: Family Planning and Women & Infants and Children (WIC) Programs
The departments Family Planning staff in Gulf and Franklin Counties provide a variety of women’s health services, including pregnancy testing, birth control, HIV/STD testing and treatment, immunizations, and referrals.
Their Women, Infants and Children (WIC) teams provides healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support and referrals for health care.
Also, their WIC program offers a breastfeeding hotline to anyone who needs support at (850) 747-5775.
Tuesday, April 5 Highlight: Healthy Families Franklin, Gulf & Wakulla Programs
The Healthy Families Florida Program is a nationally accredited home visiting program for expectant parents and parents of newborns experiencing stressful life situations. The program improves childhood outcomes and increases family self-sufficiency by empowering parents through education and community support. Parents voluntarily participate in Healthy Families so they can learn how to recognize and respond to their babies' changing developmental needs, use positive discipline techniques, cope with the day-to-day stress of parenting in healthy ways, and set and achieve short- and long-term goals.
The Role of Public Health in Communities: Public Health services focus on creating and maintaining conditions that keep people healthy.
Mission: To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.