Florida Department of Health takes a look at 2021 – Greeley Tribune

(Greeley Tribune News et 10) – Between launching a COVID-19 early treatment network and expediting healthcare worker licenses, 2021 was not a walk in the park for health officials. In an effort to advance Governor Ron DeSantis’ vision for COVID-19 responses in 2022, the Florida Department of Health is taking a look at his efforts to improve the health of Floridians.

Back in August, Governor DeSantis tasked the Department of Health with launching a network of state-run monoclonal antibody treatment sites. Within weeks, the DOH says these sites were serving 5,000 patients a day. All in an effort to keep hospital numbers down to reduce pressure on health workers. At the same time, Florida had 25 monoclonal antibody sites up and running, leading to widespread early COVID-19 treatment availability in the country.

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“Feather [Johns Hopkins] All children’s hospitals today, it’s not too bad yet, but given how fast we know this version is spreading, we expect us to keep an eye on our senses day after day, “Dr. Alison Messina, chief of infectious diseases at Johns Hopkinds All Children’s Hospital.

During the first three quarters of 2021, the Department of Medical Quality Assurance issued more than 100,000 licenses to healthcare practitioners to allow faster processing of applications for health care practitioners responding to COVID-19.

“More than a year ago, the county was the only business in the city, you know, the only place you could get tested, the only place you could get vaccinated. But those services have been filtered out and are now in local communities. are available in the U.S.,” said Iaki Rezzola, deputy director of Hillsborough County Emergency Management.

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The DOH also added state attention to children with specific health care needs. Florida’s Child Protection Team providers refer 100% of children with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome to DOH’s Early Steps Program. The program served more than 50,000 children, of whom 97% received services within 30 days, according to the DOH.

Florida is working to become the most military-friendly state, prioritizing the resources of veterans. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, Florida National Guard soldiers and airmen work with public health professionals to maintain testing and vaccination sites. To support mental health initiatives during the COVID-19 response, DOH launched a campaign for information on emotional support and community resources, including the Florida Veterans Support Line. That line is answered primarily by trained veterans.

The DOH also states that the state’s ‘Tobacco-Free Florida’ campaign has had great success with its ongoing e-cigarette prevention campaign through increased awareness among youth and advertisements.

The Florida Department of Health is aiming to end the HIV epidemic, and Florida remains a national leader in HIV testing. In 2019, the state launched an HIV self-testing kit program and distributed nearly 5,000 test kits, allowing Floridians to learn their HIV status privately at home. Floridians can request a free self-test kit by visiting KnowYourHIVStatus.com,

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“Great work is being done to advance public health in Florida. This year’s achievements demonstrate the dedicated and tireless efforts of Florida Department of Health staff and partners across the state,” said Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo .