Health and Wellness with Community Partners
Fridays, July 2, 9, 16, and 23, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom
July 2, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom
Gain insight into the lives of women who have overcome the stigma of living with HIV. Participants will share how their lives have been impacted and how they are striving to empower others to diminish the stigma. Presented by members of Let's Talk About It, a support and advocacy group for women living with HIV and facilitated by the Rural Women's Health Project.
The Rural Women’s Health Project (RWHP) holds a unique position as the only health justice organization in North Florida. Their mission is to use evidence-based strategies to build sustainable and replicable community programs and policies to strengthen communities’ capacity to overcome health and social justice barriers. The RWHP's primary focus is on immigrants and also women living with HIV. Founded in 1991, the RWHP involves communities in the development and implementation of all aspects of our work.
- RWHP Virtual Bookcase - Includes the Let's Talk About It magazine series (free)
- CDC: HIV Stigma and Discrimination & Ways to Stop HIV Stigma and Discrimination
- Positive Spin: A series of real stories from real people about their unique experiences along the HIV Continuum of Care
- PBS video featuring RWHP: Isolation and stigma sustain HIV in the South: 'It's like we're on a deserted island' In the rural South, poverty, prejudice and lack of health care are exacerbating the spread of HIV, making it the epicenter of HIV/AIDS in America. Meet some who are pushing back against this stigma. This report is part of the NewsHour’s ongoing series “The End of AIDS: Far From Over,” with support from the Pulitzer Center.
July 9, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom
Alzheimer's is NOT normal aging. It's a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. The Alzheimer's Association of Central and North Florida will cover the impact of Alzheimer's, the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia, the disease stages and risk factors and current research and treatments available.
The Alzheimer's Association, Central and North Florida Chapter serves 43 counties with education and support as well as raising funds for research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
The state of Florida has the second highest incidence of Alzheimer’s. About 1 in every 38 people of all ages has Alzheimer’s disease in Florida. These numbers do not include the snowbirds who reside in the region during the winter months. The Alzheimer's Association provides education and support to all those facing Alzheimer’s and other dementias throughout our community, including those living with the disease, caregivers, health care professionals and families. They are also committed to advocating for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer’s disease and advancing critical research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.
July 16, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom
What is PrEP? PrEP (or pre-exposure prophylaxis) is medicine people at risk for HIV take to prevent getting HIV from sex or injection drug use. Join us as professionals from the Alachua County Health Department discuss what HIV is and how it is transmitted, the importance of knowing your and your partner’s status, how PrEP is an important tool in stopping the transmission of the virus, and who will benefit from taking PrEP.
- CDC: PrEP
- FL Health Department: PrEP
- Receive a free OraQuick In-Home Rapid HIV Testing Kit. Eligibility criteria have been removed to assist more individuals in accessing HIV testing during the COVID-19 outbreak. (FL Dept. of Health Campaign)
- CDC: Now's the the time to find out about PrEP
July 23, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom
LifeSouth is a non-profit community blood bank serving more than 100 hospitals in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Their mission is to provide a safe blood supply that meets or exceeds the needs in each community they serve, and to provide a variety of services in support of ongoing and emerging blood and transfusion-related activities.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Donor Education Sheet
- Patient Stories
- High School Scholarship Award - $500 scholarship for coordinating a community blood drive your senior year!
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