Florida Department of Health in Orange County Celebrates National Public Health Week -The Florida Way
April 03, 2017
This week is National Public Health Week and the Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) is giving Floridians an inside look at some of the careers behind public health and the dedicated professionals who do them. Each day, the department will highlight a different area of public health including epidemiology, emergency preparedness and response, environmental health and public health nursing. These fields and many more help the department carry out our mission to promote, protect and improve the health of Florida residents and visitors.
“The DOH Orange staff is proud to serve this community as we celebrate national public health week. It is an honor to serve our community with a large array of quality public health programs and services. We invite citizens and visitors to become more engaged in public health efforts and community health promotion in their communities,” said Dr. Kevin Sherin, director for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.
Last year, the department was the first state in the nation to receive national accreditation as an integrated department of health through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Accreditation by PHAB signifies that the department, including the state health office and all 67 county health departments, is meeting national standards for ensuring essential public health services are provided in the community.
For the next two years, the department will focus on several key areas to improve health in our state including increasing childhood vaccination rates, achieving health equity in all communities, developing a high quality trauma service, reducing HIV infection rates, reducing infant mortality rates, decreasing inhaled nicotine use and decreasing licensure processing time for health care professionals.
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County offers programs such as: Family Planning/Prenatal Health, Healthy Start, MomCare, Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Vaccine Preventable Disease Program, School Health, Dental Health, HIV and STD care services, Tuberculosis/Refugee Health, Environmental Health, Epidemiology and more. With programs for the entire family, DOH-Orange continues to protect, promote and improve the health of those in Orange County to make it a better place to live, work, and play.
In celebration of Public Health Week, the Department of Health in Orange County will host its annual Public Health Heroes Award Ceremony. This ceremony will be the kickoff to DOH-Orange’s 80th birthday celebration and will recognize public health heroes within the organization and from our community. These are public health professionals who go above and beyond to improve the health of those around them.
Use #ThankAPublicHealthPro on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to recognize a public health professional in your area during National Public Health Week.
For more information about National Public Health Week, please visit www.nphw.org. For more information about the different programs and services offered at DOH-Orange, please visit orange.floridahealth.gov or call 407-858-1400.
About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.