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National Minority Health Month 2018

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Join the Florida Department of Health in recognizing April as National Minority Health Month. The 2018 Minority Health Month theme is “Partnering for Health Equity,” which provides an opportunity to highlight the partnerships that help reduce disparities in health and health care. The conditions in the places where people are born, grow, live, work, play, learn and age have significant impact on the health outcomes of individuals, families and their communities. To ensure Floridians in all communities have opportunities to achieve healthier outcomes, the department has chosen health equity as one of the priority health areas in the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), which will guide strategic health interventions for the next five years. To find out how the department is working with state and local agencies to promote opportunities for vulnerable individuals and their communities, visit the Florida SHIP website.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 4, and drownings send an average of 5,900 children younger than 15 years of age to the emergency room each year.

Practicing simple water safety steps can help keep your family safer around water.

Not sure where to begin? Start with these steps:

Never leave a child unattended in or near water. Teach children how to swim. Teach children to stay away from pool or spa drains. Ensure that all pools and spas – both in your backyard and at any public pool you may visit – have compliant drain covers. Install proper barriers, covers and alarms on and around your pool and spa. Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults.

To learn more about drowning prevention, visit poolsafely.gov (PDF, 497kB)

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