Preventive-care programs are making progress, advocates say

Posted on December 2nd, 2009 by Kelley Luckstein

For the past 16 months, several Jacksonville hospitals and a team of Duval County Health Department nurses have worked to steer people who get most of their medical care in emergency rooms into a doctor's office…

 

One of the program's goals is to envelop such patients in a "system of care," as one of the nurses put it, that aims to prevent chronic health problems from sending these patients to a hospital…

 

The health department initiative is one of many across the area geared toward preventing illness.

 

Some examples include…A Mayo Clinic effort that presents educational seminars in African-American and Hispanic churches on topics such as Alzheimer's disease and breast cancer. Low-income women can be steered from that program into another program that provides free mammograms and pap smears.

 

 

Florida Times-Union, by Jeremy Cox, 12/2/09

Tags: Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, preventive care programs

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