The Jacksonville Health Disparities Oversight Committee was formed in September 2006.
About the Jacksonville Health Disparities Oversight Committee
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https://youtu.be/hrLXKNb4nWE Richard White, M.D., Community Internal Medicine, wants to improve the odds for inner-city adolescents in Jacksonville, Florida, to live long and healthy lives. “Some reports have suggested this may be the first generation that doesn’t necessarily outlive their parents," says Dr. White. "That’s a very concerning and provoking thought.” In research funded by the Mayo Clinic Office of Health Disparities Research, Dr. White’s team recruited 20 pairs of adolescents and their adult caregivers in Health Zones 1 and 6 — primarily African-American neighborhoods that are among the poorest in Jacksonville. In the study, Dr. White’s team determined that more than half of the adolescents were obese or severely obese, and their adult caregivers also had high obesity rates. The team found that both groups responded better to positive messages about healthy choices than to negative messages that highlight barriers.
Feb. 10, 2017 • FLA
A new collaborative effort kicked off in January between Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus and New Town Success Zone, a community organization focused on education, social well-being and community sustainability.
Together, Mayo Clinic and New Town Success Zone launched an 18-month, community-led wellness effort called Wellness Rx that will focus on health disparities identified in the New Town community.
The effort addresses a major community need Mayo Clinic and other hospitals and health care providers identified in the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment. The assessment is used to identify health needs in the community and provides valuable information for hospitals and other agencies to focus their community outreach efforts.
The 2015 assessment identified health disparities, mental health and obesity as major concerns for the Jacksonville, Florida, community. To address these health issues, Mayo Clinic has initiated multiple projects to contribute to the needs of the community.
A NEW COLLABORATION
“Wellness Rx provides education on health issues, empowers the community to take action, and encourages residents to develop healthier habits,” says Ann-Marie Knight, Public Affairs, who is the administrator of Community Engagement in Florida.
More than 25 nonprofit agencies, including the American Heart Association and Feeding Northeast Florida, support Wellness Rx, which was launched on Jan. 28 at the Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities on the Edwards Waters College campus in Jacksonville.
Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with nonprofit hospitals in the region, also is supporting Mental Health First Aid, an eight-hour CPR-like education training program open to all Mayo Clinic staff and the community. The training introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia. Courses are held monthly on the Florida campus and elsewhere in the community.
THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING BACK
Giving back to the community always has been, and will continue to be, a part of the Mayo Clinic culture. Mayo's founders saw it as a responsibility to give back, sharing their knowledge, resources and time to benefit the community. “All who are benefited by community life, especially the physician, owe something to the community," said Charles H. Mayo, M.D.
“Our three-shield expertise is a unique health resource advantage for the Jacksonville community,” says Amy Pollak, M.D., Cardiovascular Diseases, who chairs the Community Giving Committee. “We will focus on demonstrating that we are an effective healing force for our community as well as for our patients.”
Following in the footsteps of the Mayo brothers, staff at the Mayo Clinic Florida campus participate in community events, including the Heart Walk, Katie Ride and the Donna Marathon, to name a few, to help create awareness on a wide range of health issues.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INTRANET SITE
The new Community Engagement and Giving intranet site for the Florida campus has details on these community giving projects. Email Florida Community Relations for more information.
LAUNCHING WELLNESS RX ON JAN. 28 AT EDWARD WATERS COLLEGE IN JACKSONVILLE
In the photo at left, Floyd Willis, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Family Medicine physician, helped kick off Wellness Rx on the Edward Waters College campus in Jacksonville. In the photo above, Mayo Clinic Pharmacy residents Stephanie Doleman, Pharm. D., and David Veasey, Pharm. D., were on hand to answer questions about medications.
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Currie and his daughter chat with Ann-Marie Knight, Public Affairs, and Darnell Smith, chair, 2017 Board of Directors, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.
An advisory board of community leaders, citizens, faculty from local institutions and Mayo Clinic staff meets regularly to:
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Sept. 22-23: FLORIDA—Promoting Minority Health Through CBPR
The Florida Community Health Worker Coalition, in partnership with the University of Florida’s Health Disparities Research and Intervention Program, announces the People’s Scientific Conference to Promote Minority Health Through Community-Based Participatory Research: Community Health Workers Lead the Way and the 7th Annual Florida Community Health Worker Coalition Summit on September 22-23, 2017 in Gainesville, FL. MORE INFORMATION
Researchers Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, Ph.D. Gerardo Colón-Otero, M.D. Summary Surveying patients at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic to understand parental perceptions and knowledge on HPV ...
Researcher Gerardo Colón-Otero, M.D. Summary Understanding and developing culturally tailored palliative initiatives directed to minority cancer patients.
Researchers Steven C. Ames, Ph.D. Sarah Osian, Ph.D. (UF Health) Gerardo Colón-Otero, M.D. Summary Utilizing focus groups with African American women residing in Health Zone ...
Researcher Richard O. White, M.D. Summary Conducting a series of qualitative and quantitative assessments among African American youths and parents/adult caregivers in order to understand ...
Researcher Richard O. White, M.D. Summary Pilot study of older (ages 55–85) African American adults to determine the impact of using an advanced pedometer on ...
Researcher Alexander S. Parker, Ph.D. Summary Conducted educational sessions and vitamin D screenings in the local African American community in order to understand the prevalence ...
Researcher Thanai Pongdee, M.D. Summary Screening participants from a previous vitamin D study for allergens and asthma in order to determine the link between vitamin ...
Researcher Floyd B. Willis, M.D. Summary Develop a project with a cancer focus that will utilize Edward Waters College students as possible community health workers ...