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Signs posted to let cyclists and pedestrians know how to access the nearest community garden.
Courtesy the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization

A Hillsborough County public health initiative received a $50,000 grant this week as part of the national "Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge."


USF College of Public Health

With Florida being an international travel destination, there could be a risk for infectious diseases from foreign countries. And the risk of bioterrorism remains a possibility as well.

These and other topics will be the focus as the University of South Florida hosts the first ever Global Health, Diplomacy and National Security Symposium Feb. 28 in Tampa.

Jessica Meszaros / WUSF

There’s a village in rural Guatemala where women are selling hand-sewn reusable menstrual pads. It’s a product medical experts say is necessary in some impoverished areas because women and girls cannot afford disposable pads. 

Members of the public health community are calling for action on gun violence by shifting the conversation away from gun control.

Opponents Again Target ‘Docs v. Glocks’ Law In Florida

Jan 6, 2016

Pointing to free-speech issues, physicians and medical groups this week asked a full federal appeals court to take up a challenge to a 2011 Florida law that restricts doctors from asking questions and recording information about patients’ gun ownership.

According to 35-year-old Lisa Epsteen, who is pregnant with her fifth child, her obstetrician threatened to get law enforcement involved if she didn’t get to the hospital right away for a c-section, the Tampa Bay Times reports. His e-mail to her said he worried that her fetus would die or suffer brain damage if she delayed. She called in advocates for patients’ rights.

Florida Sequestration Effects by the Numbers

Feb 25, 2013
whitehouse.gov

If the "Fiscal Cliff" wasn't enough to worry about, then how about a sequestration? The word sounds like the name of an ominous spaceship falling from the sky but in reality, it means across-the-board budget cuts - which could be just as bad the spaceship.

The cuts are supposed to take effect March 1st.

How would they affect Florida?

Here's how the White House put it if the sequestration does take effect:

The Trust for America's Health organization released its Ready or Not? report today rating each state on its measures to protecting the public from diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism. Florida racked up only half of the points.

The annual Ready or Not? report is meant to provide policymakers and the public with analyses of progress and points of improvement in the country's public health preparedness.