VOLUME 2, ISSUE 3
WO M E N ’ S H E A LT H
Q UA R T E R LY N EW S L E T T E R
WOMEN’S HEALTH MONTH—ACTIVIT Y REVIEW
INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Women’s Health Month was a huge ♦ 11th Statewide Audio- Depression Management in the
success! Thank you to all the Conference on Women’s Workplace, Women & Retire-
women’s health champions around Health—Topics included: ment, and Offerings of the
the state who organized events for Overview of Women’s Florida Commission on the
HEALTH MONTH women and girls. The National Health Month, Lupus, and an Status of Women.
O ffi c e o f Wo me n ’s H ea l th overview of the Florida
♦ “Your Health is Your
recognized Florida as having the Library Health and Wellness
Wealth” Adolescent Health
most documented women’s health Database.
MONTHLY 2-4 Fair—held at Leon PACE
HEALTH TOPICS events in the region! The Florida
Center for Girls Inc. offered a
Department of Health (DOH), ♦ Women & Girls Day of
Pampering & Health variety of health screenings,
WOMEN’S 5 Women’s Health Program organized
HEALTH Education—provided a day and health presentation to girls
CENTER OF several events throughout May
EXCELLENCE of educating women and girls and parents.
on health issues and HIV
♦ Distribution of BeYOUtiful
♦ Women’s Health Month Press prevention.
HEALTH books around the state to
Conference and Health &
“It’s Your Time” DOH county health departments and
CORNER Literacy Fair showcased the ♦
Employee Wellness Fair local libraries to promote
partnership between DOH and
offered local vendors an health literacy to young girls.
Department of State Florida
Library System to promote opportunity to share their
♦ Women’s Health Walks—
health literacy. services with DOH
weekly walks provided staff an
Newsletter Highlights: employees.
opportunity to use their breaks
♦ Lunch & Learns- Stress & to improve their health.
• National Youth Sports
Week WOMEN’S HEALTH CORNER
A NOTE FROM WOMEN’S HEALTH OFFICER, KIM BERFIELD
Awareness Month It is with great pleasure that I received by Deputy Secretary
announce the opening of the nomina- Kimberly Berfield no later then
• Sickle Cell Awareness tion period for the Florida State Sur- Monday, August 31, 2009. Materials
geon General 2009-2010 Health Inno- are available online at http://
• National Minority Donor vation Prevention and Management www.doh.state.fl.us/
Awareness Day Awards, to celebrate the innovative statesurgeongeneral.htm.
and creative approaches in address-
ing rising healthcare concerns within All are encouraged to support and
• National Women’s share this opportunity with those who
Health and Fitness Day have truly influenced and positively
The first annual 2009-2010 Health impacted the health of their local
Innovation Prevention and environment.
Management Awards will honor the
impressive efforts throughout the Thank you in advance for your
State to assist Floridians in achieving support of the Florida State Surgeon
better health. To be considered, General 2009-2010 Health Innovation
completed nominations must be Prevention and Management Awards.
WOMEN’S HEALTH QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER Page 2
JULY 20-24 IS NATIONAL YOUTH SPORTS WEEK
The A c c o r d i n g t o Because good nutrition and
Governor’s www.governorsfitnesschallenge. exercise is vital to a young per-
Council on com, the 8-week challenge is to son’s life, National Youth
Physical help educate and motivate Sports Week was created. The
Fitness, students to exercise more. week, observed in July encour-
established ages physical activity of youth ORAL HEALTH FLORIDA
Students had the chance to win
March 2007, in sports, which promotes INAUGURAL
sports and fitness equipment and
was created health, safety and fun. CONFERENCE
the title “Governor’s Fitness
Champion School.” Get your children involved this The Florida Department of
the level of physical fitness through
summer in the several activities Health presents the Inaugural
regular exercise and sound nutrition The Governor's Council on
offered to them. Conference committed to oral
practices for Florida residents. Physical Fitness’s website offers
tips and information on nutrition, For more information, visit health in Florida.
Governor Charlie Crist initiated the
obesity prevention, senior health www.governorsfitnesschallenge
Governor’s Fitness challenge for A pre-conference to the
and health resources. .com.
elementary school students. Florida Public Health
Association 2009 Annual
Educational Conference and
Southern Health Association
Joint Annual Educational
Conference, set to take place
in Palm Beach Gardens Fla.
on August 3-4, from 8am-
The conference will stress the
importance of healthy oral
KEEPING YOUR SMILE HEALTHY Several vendors will be in
What’s the teeth…..the mouth is the ♦ Brush twice a day and floss attendance to promote oral
first thing gateway to the body. everyday; health, the prevention of oral
when you Some disease and conditions ♦ have your teeth diseases, coalition building
first meet are directly affected by the professionally cleaned 2
condition of the oral cavity. and programs that reach the
someone? times a year,
We’ve all underserved.
Research shows there may be a
heard this ♦ watch the amount of sugar
correlation between: low birth
question you consume; and The guest speaker will be Jay
weight babies and the mother’s
before, along with one of the periodontal condition, R. Anderson, DMD, MHSA,
♦ once a week check your
responses being their smile. premature babies and the child’s mouth. Chief Dental Officer of the
What determines a smile? If we are mother’s periodontal
condition, and pneumonia in For more information on oral Health Resources and
talking about infants, it’s the
hospital or nursing home health care visit Services Administration.
muscles that curve the lips and
patients who have breathing www.oralhealthflorida.com
cheeks in an upward fashion,
maybe even showing some of those tubes placed in their mouths. For more information visit
Article submitted by Rory Reese
toothless gums. Here are four helpful tips for of the Florida Department of www.oralhealthflorida.com,
keeping that smile healthy: Health
In adults, we expect to see teeth; www.fpha.org or
usually white teeth that are straight.
But it is more than white
WOMEN’S HEALTH QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER Page 3
AUGUST IS IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS MONTH!
August is observed as National According to the Center for
Immunization Awareness Month Disease Control and Pre-
(NAIM). vention, the levels of vaccina-
tions of preventable diseases are
The goal of this observance is to
at or near record lows.
enhance awareness about the
significance of maintaining up to Many adolescents and adults are
date immunization records. under-immunized as well, miss-
ing opportunities to protect
The month of August is chosen themselves against diseases like
because children and young adults Sustaining high immunization
rates help protect the Hepatitis B. Doctors urge
are enrolling into grade school and adults to keep recent immuniza-
college, and health care community and families by
interrupting the spread of tion records.
professionals are preparing for the
upcoming flu season. disease causing bacteria or For more information on im-
viruses. Keeping people munizations visit www.cdc.gov
Immunizations are one of the most healthy and free of disease or http://www.doh.state.fl.us/
effective ways to help to prevent decreases social and financial disease_ctrl/immune/
diseases such as: Influenza, costs. index.html.
Pneumonia and Hepatitis A.
AUGUST 1-7 WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK BREASTFEEDING
Research shows breast milk This is because children are the
♦ La Leche League: For
theme for World Breastfeeding
more information visit
provides nourishment for Week. most vulnerable in emergency
infants and protects them from situations.
illness. Breast-fed infants The goal of this week-long
Helpful tips for breastfeeding: ♦ Breastfeedingonline.com
have lower rates of medical observance, celebrated in over hopes to help empower
problems than most bottle-fed 120 countries, is to show the 1. Place baby on breast as soon women to choose to
infants. critical role that breastfeeding as possible after birth. breastfeed.
plays in emergencies globally.
Psychologically, choosing to 2. Nurse for as long as the baby ♦ The Florida Breast
nurse creates an early A c c o r d i n g t o wants. feeding Coalition seeks
attachment between mother www.worldbreastfeedingweek.o to improve the health
and child. rg, the child mortality rate can 3. Get a lactation specialist to
of Floridians by working
assist with feeding tech-
“Breastfeeding: A Vital soar from 2 to 70 times higher collaboratively to support
Emergency Response. Are than the average due to diar- breastfeeding. For more
you Ready?” is the 2009 rhea, respiratory illness and For more information visit information visit
malnutrition. www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org www.flbreastfeeding.org.
NATIONAL MINORITY DONOR AWARENESS DAY
AUGUST 1, 2009
August 1st is National Minority NMDAD will highlight the the national transplant waiting
Donor Awareness Day behaviors that may lead to the list; 16 people die each day
(NMDAD), in conjunction with need for transplantation i.e. waiting for a life saving organ
the National Minority Organ smoking, alcohol, substance transplant and every 16 minutes,
and Tissue Transplant abuse or poor malnutrition. a new name is added to the
Education Program (National national waiting list.
This initiative plans to promote
MOTTEP). Organs such as the heart, liver,
healthy living and disease
This event is observed annually prevention, which will increase kidney, heart-lung, pancreas and
lung can be donated.
in hopes of increase the number the number of people who sign
of minority organ and tissue donor cards. For more information on
donors. The goal of this NMDAD, National MOTTEP or
According to the United Network
observance is bring awareness organ donations visit
for Organ Sharing (UNOS), there
to the need of donors. www.nationalmottep.org.
are more than 100,000 persons on
VOLUME 2, ISSUE 3
SEPTEMBER MONTHLY HEALTH TOPIC: SICKLE CELL
SAVE THE DATE:
Sickle Cell affected. chest syndrome.
Anemia or The Sickle Cell Disease
National Sickle Cell Month, Symptoms of sickle cell are
observed in September, is spells of severe pain in Association of America,
implemented to inform different parts of the body. Incorporated presents :
people of the disease
disorder that Sickle Cell Anemia affects
through community “Building Bridges for
causes the red both men and women of all
sponsored events, such as
blood cells to create a “sickle” races. Change”
fundraisers or seminars.
Here are some ways to The 37th Annual
Supporters are asked to give
Sickling occurs because of an manage Sickle Cell: Convention will be held in
blood donations to assist
transformation in the Orlando, Fla.
with blood transfusions. 1. Eat a balanced diet;
oxygen-transporter gene, or September 30-October 3
hemoglobin. People with sickle cell 2. Exercise regularly;
anemia are at risk for
The disease usually takes place 3. Get plenty of rest; For more information visit
complications from impaired
in the early stages of life.
blood circulation and may 4. Avoid alcohol and www.scdaaconvention.com
According to the National experience infection-fighting drugs.
Institute of Health, 1 in difficulties.
5,000 are affected by the For more information on
This can increase risks for Sickle Cell, visit
disease in the United States.
infections, stroke or acute www.ascaa.org.
African Americans are the most
SEPTEMBER 21 - WORLD ALZHEIMER’S DAY
A c c o r d i n g t o disorder that destroys brain cells September 21 marks the
w w w . a c t i o n a l z . o r g , and may affect a patient’s annual observance of the
Alzheimer’s is the 7th thinking, behavior or hobbies. disease. The purpose of this
leading cause of death in the day is to generate awareness
This illness usually occurs in
United States. globally about dementia,
stages over months or years after
another term to describe
As many as 5.3 million the age of 65.
people in the U.S. are living
Dementia and Down Syndrome
with Alzheimer’s. For more information on
are two factors that increase the
Alzheimer’s disease, visit
Alzheimer’s is a brain risk of Alzheimer’s.
SEPTEMBER 30-NATIONAL WOMEN’S HEALTH & FITNESS DAY
Make your heart smile by exercise and health awareness The goal for this day is to
exercising! for women. encourage women to manage
their health: to make smart
National Women’s Health & Several community locations
health decisions and make
Fitness Day is observed to will host different events in
time for a regular exercise
promote the importance of health observance of National
and fitness for women of all ages. Women’s Health & Fitness Day.
Health care professionals
Organizations across the nation Some activities may include
recommend exercising 30
will participate by highlighting walking, exercise
minutes to an hour each day
the significance of physical demonstrations, health
and remaining hydrated during
screenings and workshops.
WOMEN’S HEALTH QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER Page 5
GULF COUNTY WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
Women have special needs that deserve including Healthy Start, smoking Third, by improving compliance with effec-
special treatment. This is the founding cessation classes and counseling. tive contraception we can reduce unplanned
principle of the new Gulf County Health pregnancies.
Department Women’s Health Center of By filling the gaps in our local health care
system, the Gulf County Health Fourth, by integrating our Healthy Start,
Department and St. Joseph Care of Smoking Cessation Education Program,
Advanced registered nurse practitioner and Florida, Inc. patients will have a School Health Program and Family Planning
Director of Nursing ,Dee Conroy, has full-range of services to meet their needs. we can reduce the number of pregnant women
taken the initial steps of converting an who smoke during and after pregnancy.
unused health department space into a For example, pregnant women who are
traveling long distances out of the county Fifth, by integrating the WIC program and
private women’s health center area.
for doctor’s visits, can schedule all Family Planning we can increase the number
The health department has also partnered pre-natal visits at the new Women’s of pregnant moms participating in WIC during
with Emerald Coast Obstetrics and Health Center of Excellence. and after pregnancy.
Gynecology for OB/GYN services, and
will be hosting office hours once a week at As a second example, by increasing By increasing access to care, providing
the new women’s health center beginning education among our adolescent affordable healthcare, and decreasing
population we can over time see a de- transportation costs, we can reduce disparity
April 8, 2009.
crease in sexual risk taking among ado- for the women in Gulf County.
Several existing health department lescents.
programs will tie into the center’s work, Submitted by Clarissa Herndon of GCWHC
HIGHLIGHTS OF WOMEN’S HEALTH EMPLOYEE WELLNESS FAIR MAY 19, 2009
NEW CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGES WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES TO GET BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS
“So I finally found a provider who would listen to Last year in Florida, about 12,000 women were
me,” June said. “Once I found him I stayed with diagnosed and nearly 3,000 women died from
him for many years.” June is one of four breast breast cancer. Increased use of early detection
cancer survivors with physical disabilities who measures, such as mammograms and clinical
share their stories in the new public health breast exams, have been attributed to improved
campaign, The Right to Know. breast cancer survival rates.
For June, a cancer survivor, the breast
“The ultimate goal of the campaign is to encourage The Right to Know campaign will run in Flor-
cancer screening process was an “ordeal.”
women with physical disabilities to get regular ida through 2012. For more information or to
June was born with cerebral palsy, which
breast cancer screening in order to increase early request the free materials, please visit the
makes remaining still for mammograms
cancer detection and potentially save lives,” said campaign website at http://rtk.phhp.ufl.edu or
difficult. In the beginning it was hard to
Eva Egensteiner, the campaign project manager in call Project Manager Eva Egensteiner at 352-
communicate her needs to health-care
the University of Florida College of Public Health 273-5102.
and Health Professions.
In 2004, legislation creating section 381.04015, Florida Statutes, was passed,
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF creating an Officer of Women’s Health Strategy within the Department of Health
WOMEN’S HEALTH for the purpose of improving the overall health status of women in Florida through
research, awareness, and education. This statute recognizes the unique needs of
Florida Department of Health women and encourages public policies to address the distinct characteristics of
4052 Bald Cypress Way women’s health issues.
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T H E N E X T W O M E N ’ S
H E A L T H N E W S L E T T E R
W I L L H I G H L I G H T : Kimberly A. Berfield JD
Tamara Y. Demko, Secretary
DeputyAssistant Deputy Secretary
of Women’s Health
Officer Officer of Women’s Health
O C T O B E R Strategy
N A T I O N A L B R E A S T Corine Mealing, MPH, M.Ed
Corine Mealing, MPH, M.Ed Women’s Coordinator
Women’s Health Health Coordinator
C A N C E R A W A R E N E S S
M O N T H Megan Cozart,
Thometta Casey MS Women’s Health Data Specialists
Public Relations Manager
Thometta Cozart, MS Public Relations Manager
N O V E M B E R Lona Taylor Office Manager
A M E R I C A N D I A B E T E S
Tamara McElroy Webmaster
M O N T H Natasha Graddick Public Relations Intern
D E C E M B E R
W O R L D A I D S D A Y
WOMEN’S HEALTH LIAISION CORNER: SUCCESS S TORY
With the current lack of funds to help pro- honor. They are comparing the number of have discovered that moderation is the key
mote wellness at health departments, I steps each day with friends. People from and drinking water helps. Another discov-
chose to attempt an activity without funds. I different departments were starting to walk ery was that diets truly do not work. The
was very fortunate to form a “Wellness and talk! slow weight loss with behavior change,
Committee”. The committee did some brain exercise (even ten minutes at work on a
storming and came up with the idea of start- A lunchtime “lunch and crunch” meeting was break or walking ½ hour of the hour-long
started. The participants proved to them- lunch break), choosing healthier food op-
ing a walking competition.
selves that wellness behavior could be
tions and portion control works.
On April 8th we kicked off the competition changed in eight weeks! During the classes
by having anyone who was interested sign they would discuss situations and gain sup- As a program manager, I can only sit back
up and be issued a pedometer. Many differ- port from one another to find healthier alter- and smile. What I have tried to
ent departments from the health department natives or better ways to cope with stress. accomplish alone in almost three years is
were involved. We had three teams. All starting to work. Once I learned to form a
those who walked and so diligently counted Several different groups emerged during the team, delegate, listen, lead and yet follow,
and reported their steps will receive a cer- competition. One group started walking to a and accept that it is not “my program” it
Leslie Sorenson DVD, another used a Zumba worked. This is truly a team effort. I could
DVD on their lunch break and one group
not be happier!
During the two month competition we had continued to meet one day a week after work
motivational e-mails from the team cap- to do Yoga. Jody Lowry is the program manager for the
tains, websites related to wellness, ideas for Chronic Disease Health Promotion & Edu-
healthy lunches and pictures of employees One woman has lost 25 pounds and another cation Program at Manatee County Health
participating in wellness activities were has lost 12. The others averaged at least a Department. She also serves as Manatee’s
emailed by the Chronic Disease Health five-pound loss. Several of the participants
women’s health liaison.
have adjusted to positive wellness behaviors
Promotion & Education Program Manager.
and have embraced a new way of thinking.
Suddenly things started to change. People
are wearing their pedometers like a badge of Many other participants noted that they