Community health – NE Florida Counts http://nefloridacounts.org/ Wed, 18 May 2022 00:28:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://nefloridacounts.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-64-150x150.jpg Community health – NE Florida Counts http://nefloridacounts.org/ 32 32 Commissioners approve nearly $1.4 million in grants for Community Health Partners https://nefloridacounts.org/commissioners-approve-nearly-1-4-million-in-grants-for-community-health-partners/ Mon, 16 May 2022 15:00:06 +0000 https://nefloridacounts.org/commissioners-approve-nearly-1-4-million-in-grants-for-community-health-partners/ The Franklin County Board of Commissioners last week approved six Community Partnership Grants for local health agencies. The grants will be issued by the commissioners under the Community Partnership Program, which oversees grants to various local organizations ensuring that the funding will help communities grow economically. Board of Commissioners Chair Erica C. Crawley said families […]]]>

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners last week approved six Community Partnership Grants for local health agencies. The grants will be issued by the commissioners under the Community Partnership Program, which oversees grants to various local organizations ensuring that the funding will help communities grow economically.

Board of Commissioners Chair Erica C. Crawley said families struggle to access affordable, high-quality health care, leading to outcomes such as shorter life expectancies and lower rates. higher rates of life-threatening long-term illnesses.

“With these grants, we are partnering with organizations that not only provide our residents with exceptional care, but also have a strong commitment to health equity,” Crawley said. “Thanks to their dedication to breaking down structural barriers to health care, more Franklin County residents can thrive.”

Local agencies receiving grants include Charitable Pharmacy, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Physicians CareConnection, PrimaryOne Health, Mobile Disability Resource Center, and Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio.

Each agency identified in its application the ways in which the funding would help them serve underserved minority communities and the positive outcomes they hope to achieve.

In 2020, the council declared racism its own public health crisis. These grants support the Commissioner’s Equity Initiatives, funding agencies that will provide access to equitable health care for low-income residents of Franklin County.

“Every family shouldn’t be worried about not being able to afford the medical care they need, no matter how wealthy they are or what neighborhood they live in,” Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce said. “By dedicating these resources to this effort, we are working towards that goal.”

For more information, visit budget.franklincountyohio.gov.

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Zimbabwe: Upgrading community health care well underway https://nefloridacounts.org/zimbabwe-upgrading-community-health-care-well-underway/ Mon, 16 May 2022 08:23:58 +0000 https://nefloridacounts.org/zimbabwe-upgrading-community-health-care-well-underway/ Everyone needs basic services, and about the most basic is access to health care, which is one of the reasons why most rural district councils have used their decentralization budgets to over the past two years to add more clinics to their networks, fill the gaps so that communities are not dependent on a clinic […]]]>

Everyone needs basic services, and about the most basic is access to health care, which is one of the reasons why most rural district councils have used their decentralization budgets to over the past two years to add more clinics to their networks, fill the gaps so that communities are not dependent on a clinic 20 km away.

During the 1980s shortly after independence, the establishment of a network of clinics to provide primary health care was one of the main achievements of the government, with local authorities supplementing this in urban areas by developing what they inherited from the colonial era.

But then enthusiasm waned, even as populations grew, more and more areas were intensely settled under land reform, and towns expanded to new suburbs and new towns sprang up from the veld.

So the spectacular achievements of the 1980s, which saw infant mortality rates plummet and most people have somewhere to go when they were sick or gave birth, were seen as a box that had been checked, whereas Quite obviously what had been done was put into the minimum necessary for the population of the time.

There were a few additions, in new district and provincial hospitals, but not enough and health coverage expansion programs came to a halt during times of inflation and surviving under dollarization.

Even the maintenance of existing facilities was allowed to be ignored.

The Second Republic changed that. To begin with, a serious effort was made to catch up on maintenance, to restore what we had and improve it if necessary; this accelerated when Covid-19 hit Zimbabwe, budgets were increased, communities were mobilized and the private sector stepped in.

So quite quickly what existed in part of the public health sector was fully functional, although some clinics in the city remained closed due to their poor municipal administration and needed improvements, such as nursing beds intensive, have been added.

The morale of the professional staff has improved considerably as they have had access to working materials and adequate supplies of consumables and medicines.

Now the government, which is already seeing improvements through decentralization in rural areas, is bogged down in expanding the network of public health facilities, with that program accelerated through a $200 million loan facility. of Britain, another sign President Mnangagwa noted last week of the successes of Second Republic re-engagement efforts.

This would have been unthinkable a few years ago, but it helps today, especially in the proper equipment of new installations, which require imported equipment.

The design and construction of the new set of clinics is being carried out by Zimbabweans, with the British contracting company involved in the purchase of the equipment, a reasonable division of labour.

Thus, the Second Republic is in the midst of a campaign for 30 new clinics and five new district hospitals, with President Mnangagwa stressing that the timeline for the accelerated program largely depends on how quickly Zimbabweans build.

Funds are released in phases as each set of clinics are completed, which is fair enough, and presumably the Second Republic administrative reforms of zero corruption and shiny accounts mean no keys can be thrown away in the works.

Whether we use taxpayer money, special loans or private donations, everyone wants every dollar to count and be counted. It is therefore absolutely essential to have high administrative standards.

All the reforms of the Second Republic impact each other and make life much better.

The 30 new clinics are spread across the country, starting where they are most needed, and without any attempt to score political points, the only criteria being access to healthcare.

So the first of the first batch of four, the one opened last week by President Mnangagwa, was in Stoneridge, the center of the new South Harare suburb which exceptionally poor planning by the Harare City Council allowed to develop without services, which include roads, sewers, water pipes, power lines, schools and clinics.

The government is stepping in, already promising title deeds, now making sure there is a decent clinic and with the president making it clear, after having to drive on the lanes that pass for the roads to open the clinic, that the delays continuous implementation in at least the basic roads, access to clean water and proper formal schools was simply not acceptable.

The government is starting its share of the development needed but obviously everyone needs to be involved in sorting out the mess of the southern suburbs of Harare where at least there were development plans before the land barons stepped in , so title deeds are fairly easy once a basic survey is done, an ongoing process.

But the president still hopes his next visit to the south will see significant progress in transforming these settlements into real suburbs. Hopefully, its high demands will allow those responsible to act much more quickly.

The other three clinics in this first batch of four are in Bulawayo, Cowdray Park, Mataga in Mberengwa and Runyararo in Chimanmani, a fairly reasonable geographic distribution and urban-rural split.

Again, the president insisted, wanting the teams responsible for these three projects currently under construction to move at deliberate speed, so that funding for the next phase can be released. We don’t want shortcuts, but we don’t need delays.

The other major health move on Friday in Stoneridge was the commissioning of a fleet of 40 new ambulances, 32 purchased by the government with the UNDP impressed enough to add eight more, and again using our own resources rather than relying on aid, it means that aid agencies are more willing to contribute to make taxpayers’ money work.

A hundred more are in the pipeline, and obviously someone in the Department of Health and Child Care made sure, when setting the specifications, that the base vehicle that would be fitted of ambulance body and equipment would not be held up or derailed on poor roads.