Florida Department of Health

Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health is floating a “compromise” on how it determines eligibility for the Children’s Medical Services Program. CMS is designed for low-income kids with chronic and serious medical conditions.

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A statewide two-day summit in Tampa to combat human trafficking is now over. And, while stakeholders agree Florida has come a long way in making people more aware of the issue, they say there’s still much work to do to address the practice.


After a statewide meeting, panels tasked with reviewing deaths by child abuse have a few new ideas. But, some say there’s still more work to do to get everyone on the same page.

The State Department of Health is highlighting the importance of breast cancer prevention. Tallahassee healthcare providers hosted the seventh annual pink celebration to raise awareness. Healthcare workers were on hand to provide screenings and information.

A neon sign reading medical with a marijuana leaf beneath it.
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Florida lawmakers are frustrated with the roll out of the state’s medical marijuana law. Nearly two years after the non-euphoric strain was approved, it’s still not available.

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Florida’s Surgeon General visited Bay County as part of a health tour of the state’s coastal areas.

Florida Department of Health

The head of Florida’s health department is making his way through the Florida Panhandle as part of a tour of the state's coastal areas. Bay County residents are invited to take part in the latest stop in the “Health in All Places Tour,” highlighting the county’s health services.

The Florida Department Of Health Helps Veterans

Jun 9, 2015
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The Florida Department of Health is recruiting veterans in Florida. VALOR, the Veterans Application for Licensure Online Response system, helps veterans find employment in health care.

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The Florida Department of Health has decided not to appeal a court ruling invalidating much of the agency’s proposed rules for low-THC marijuana.  This means the rulemaking process gets a reset, but it doesn’t necessarily mean a return to square one.

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The Florida Department of Health has chosen not to appeal a court ruling invalidating the agency’s rules for low-THC marijuana.  The deadline was Monday.  Lobbyist Ron Watson says he’s optimistic for progress at the next meeting.

“We basically look like we’re starting over again,” Watson says, “but I think with better guidance especially from what the judge put in his ruling.”

The Legislature passed a law allowing low-THC marijuana in certain circumstances earlier this year, and the next rules workshop will be in Orlando, December 30.  

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Among Governor Rick Scott’s agency head reappointments is the chief of the state’s Health Department.

The Governor has tapped Dr. John Armstrong again as Florida’s Surgeon General and the Florida Department of Health’s Secretary.

Armstrong has been in the post since 2012. His predecessor, Dr. Frank Farmer, stepped down after about a year on the job, citing taking care of his wife who has breast cancer.


The committee tasked with taking a broader approach to reduce preventable child abuse-related deaths is set to have its first face-to-face meeting at the end of this month, since a new child welfare law took effect last month. They had their first logistical meeting with its new members this past week.

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Don’t forget to add vaccinations to your back-to-school-list. 

Leon County Public Schools require immunization documentation for students entering kindergarten and grade seven  next school year.  There are four free vaccination clinics available. 

The first day of school is rounding the corner as summer draws to a close with only two weeks left– Monday, Aug.18, is the big day. 

The Health Department in Leon County will hold the free, extended-hours immunization clinics at Roberts & Stevens Clinic on Old Bainbridge Road. 


Florida has taken in more than 3,000 unaccompanied children who crossed the U.S. border since the beginning of this year. The recent surge in unaccompanied minors has raised concerns from the Florida Department of Health.

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The second confirmed U.S. case of a deadly virus that has already sickened hundreds of people in the Middle East has been found in Florida.

Earlier this month, a man who traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana was diagnosed with the first case of MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Now, health officials say they’ve found a second case in a man who took multiple flights from Saudi Arabia to Orlando.

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The Florid Department of Health is warning residents in North Florida’s Live Oak area to stay clear of the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers. A 9-million gallon spill of partially treated wastewater in Valdosta, Georgia is contaminating the area surrounding the two North Florida rivers.

The Florida Department of Health has found an additional case of fungal meningitis linked to the national outbreak that stems from contaminated steroid injections from the Massachusetts-based pharmacy called the New England Compounding Center. Florida Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong says the state’s newest case now brings the total in Florida to 25 cases.

“A 73-year-old man in Marion County. He received his injection July 25th, and it appears the incubation period extended and beyond 90 days,” said Armstrong.

Teen Smoking In Florida Hits Record Low

Sep 11, 2012
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The number of Florida high school students smoking cigarettes is dropping. A recent study by the Florida Department of Health shows a 23 percent decrease in high school smoking.

Florida Dept. of Health Urges Immunizations Now Before School Year

Jul 18, 2012

Florida's Department of Health is warning against procrastination. Public schools do not start another month or more, but the Department is trying to break the habit of students and parents waiting until the last minute to get the necessary vaccines. Immunizations for school are required by law and every year there's always a good amount of parents and students who put it off to the last moment.