Duval County Emergency Management Earns National Reaccreditation

The City of Jacksonville/Duval County Emergency Management team has become one of the first local jurisdictions to earn its reaccreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). 

Youth Win Immunization PSA Contest

Each year in the United States, we lose 1,070 people to meningitis and 4,590 people to cervical cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). In an effort to spread the word about these vaccine-preventable diseases and raise awareness among teens, Brunet-García Advertising sponsored the Florida Bureau of Immunization’s You Call the Shots public service announcement (PSA) contest; inviting youth ages 11 to 18 to produce and enter a 30-second  PSA highlighting the importance of HPV and meningitis vaccinations.

Report Ranks Jacksonville 10th for Alcohol-related Driving Violations

Report Ranks Jacksonville 10th  for Alcohol-related Driving Violations

According to an survey of 20 major metropolitan cities in the United States, Jacksonville ranks tenth in the nation for drivers with alcohol-related driving violations.

Bowling for Breath Charity Event for Cystic Fibrosis, May 14th

Register for the 2nd annual Bowling for Breath event benefiting sunny shores sea camp. Registration deadline is April 17th.

Where: Cassat Batt Bowl 1838 Cassat Ave

When: May 14th Check in is at 10:30

How Much: 15 dollars per person and it includes 2 games of bowling,shoes a event t-shirt and a goody bag

Click here to register

Planned Parenthood of North Florida Works to Keep Young People Healthy During STD Awareness Month

Planned Parenthood of North Florida Works to Keep Young People Healthy During STD Awareness Month

To help reduce the alarming rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among young people in the U.S., Planned Parenthood of North Florida is joining with MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage youth to GYT — Get Yourself Tested — during National STD Awareness Month in April. 

As many as one in two sexually active young people will contract an STD by age 25 — and most won’t know it[1].  In Duval County there were 2,200 reported cases of STDs among 15-19 year olds in 2009 according to the Florida Department of Health. The award-winning GYT campaign is focusing this year on getting sexually active Americans under age 25 to embrace STD testing as part of a healthy, productive life. According to the CDC, this age group represents half of the estimated 19 million sexually transmitted infections that occur in the United States each year. When left untreated, STDs can increase the risk of HIV infection, infertility and cancer.

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking Rally Today in Jacksonville

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking  Rally Today in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Students from all of Duval county's public high schools are participating in the Stop Teenage Underage Drinking (S.T.U.D.) Rally.

The event addresses issues relating to underage drinking and lifestyle choices that teens face on a daily basis.

The S.T.U.D. Rally begins at 7 A.M. at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium.

New Behavioral Health Network To Launch

There is an urgent need for mental health and substance abuse treatment in our city.  One out of four children deal with behavioral health issues each year.  Studies show that 22 percent of Jacksonville’s population- more than 188,000 people- have a mental disorder during a one-year period.   Of people with severe mental disorders, 27 percent of them use illegal drugs each year.  Twelve percent of all residents use illegal drugs annually.  Thousands of Jacksonville residents are not getting the mental health and substance abuse treatment that they need.

To make the community aware of the critical need for help, and to inform people in need about resources that are available to help them, the Behavioral Health Network of Northeast Florida is being launched.  This is the first-ever effort to bring together the resources of agencies that assist people with substance abuse and mental health issues, people in recovery from mental health and substance abuse disorders, and family members affected by mental health disorders, all with the purpose of transforming Jacksonville’s behavioral health system.  The network will hold a kick-off event that is free to the public on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  at the Jacksonville Public Library’s Downtown Library, 303 North Laura Street.  This event will also take place at Hemming Plaza next to the Library.