Community Health Initiatives
Florida Department of Health - St. Johns County
200 San Sebastian View
Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
- Health Equity
- Healthy Brain Initiative
- Healthy Eating
- HIV Initiatives
- Human Trafficking: LOOK Beneath the Surface
- Mental Health & Substance Abuse
- Multigenerational Parks
- One Health
- Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program
- Veto Violence: Violence Prevention
Health equity is when everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
Health disparities are differences in health outcomes and their causes among groups of people. For example, African American children are more likely to die from asthma compared to non-Hispanic White children. Reducing health disparities creates better health for all Americans.
Reducing and eliminating health disparities is fundamental to reaching health equity and building a healthier community. Learn more with these CDC topics:
- Racism and Health
Racism is a Serious Threat to the Public's Health
Racism is a system [224 MB, 16 Pages]—consisting of structures, policies, practices, and norms—that assigns value and determines opportunity based on the way people look or the color of their skin. This results in conditions that unfairly advantage some and disadvantage others throughout society. Click Here to learn more.
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Diversity and Inclusion Management - Click Here to learn more.
- Minority Health
- Minority Health Determines the Health of the Nation - Click Here to learn more.
- Women's Health
- A Healthy World for Women and Girls - Click Here to learn more.
The role of public health in enhancing the physical health of older adults is well-known. Public health’s role in maintaining cognitive health, a vital part of healthy aging and quality of life, is emerging. The need for a clearly delineated public health role comes at a critical time given the dramatic aging of the U.S. population, scientific advancements in knowledge about risk behaviors (e.g., lack of physical activity, uncontrolled high blood pressure) related to cognitive decline, and the growing awareness of the significant health, social, and economic burdens associated with cognitive decline.
Learn more about the Healthy Brain Initiative:
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides the following steps for a Healthful Lifestyle:
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages people to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. "Eat Right, Bite By Bite" is this year's focus on making small goals and changes to have a greater effect on your health!
1. Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day.
- Include healthful foods from all food groups.
- Hydrate healthfully.
- Learn how to read Nutrition Facts Panels.
- Practice portion control.
- Take time to enjoy your food.
2. Plan your meals each week.
- Use a grocery list to shop for healthful foods.
- Be menu savvy when dining out.
- Choose healthful recipes to make during the week.
- Enjoy healthful eating at school and at work.
- Plan healthful eating while traveling.
3. Learn skills to create tasty meals.
- Keep healthful ingredients on hand.
- Practice proper home food safety.
- Share meal's together as a family when possible.
- Reduce food waste.
- Try new flavors and foods.
4. Consult a Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN).
- Ask your doctor for a referral to an RDN.
- Receive personalized nutrition advice to meet your goals.
- Meet with RDNs in a variety of settings throughout the community.
- Find an RDN who is specialized to serve your unique needs.
- Thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition.
Download the placemat Make half your plate Fruits and Vegetables (PDF, 3MB).
April also marks the return of our WIC Farmers Market season in collaboration with the Florida Department of Agriculture. A Farmers Market stand open to all, will be on site in the parking lot of the Health and Human Services Building.
Specific days and times to follow. Please take advantage of this great opportunity to access locally grown fruits and vegetables!
If you are a WIC recipient and have any questions on the Farmers Market Nutrition Program please call or visit the DOH – St. Johns WIC office.
The Florida Department of Health offers numerous specialized initiatives to benefit the health of Florida's communities. We invite you to learn more about our comprehensive HIV prevention strategies — and to join our growing network of grassroots HIV educators.
National Human Trafficking Hotline
Text: HELP to 233733 (BeFree)
Human Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining, by any means, a person for labor or services involving forced labor, slavery or servitude in any industry, such as forced or coerced participation in agriculture, prostitution, manufacturing, or other industries or in domestic service or marriage (Freedom Network, based on the federal criminal law definitions of trafficking).
Learn more about human trafficking and raise community awareness through the Look Beneath the Surface campaign by the Office on Trafficking in Persons an Office of the Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Human Services.
Download the Infographic:
How to Help
Children and adults can be victims of human trafficking.
- If you have information regarding suspected Human Trafficking of a child in Florida contact:
Florida Abuse Hotline 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).
- If you have information regarding suspected Human Trafficking of an adult anywhere in the United States or of a child outside of Florida please contact:
National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888.
- Text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE): To get help for victims and surviviors of human trafficking or to connect with local services.
- Visit the National Human Trafficking Hotline online at: HumanTraffickingHotline.org.
- Department of Homeland Security BLUE CAMPAIGN
One Voice. One Mission. End Human Trafficking.®
To report suspected human trafficking to Federal law enforcement call: 1-866-347-2423
Tips can be submitted Online at: ICE.gov/tipline
Human Trafficking Links
- DHS Blue Campaign
- FBI Victim Assistance
- FBI Human Trafficking Awareness
- National Human Trafficking Hotline
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PDF, 133KB)
- Report Suspicious Activity: See something? Say something!
- U.S. Department of State -2019 TIP Report & Victims' Stories
- FL Department of Children and Families Human Trafficking Resources
Visit the HOPEforHEALING website for information on:
- Suicide Prevention
- Treatment Locator
- Depression & Anxiety
- I'm Afraid To Go Home
- I'm Being Bullied
- Help Kids Cope
- FortifyFL- suspicious Activity Reporting tool
It’s okay to not be okay, but there are a lot of people who want to help you get better. If you’re thinking about hurting yourself or like life isn’t worth it, reach out now!
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741
The Fire Watch is NE Florida's fight to end veteran suicide.
Depression & Anxiety
Do you feel sad sometimes or not feel like doing the things you normally do? If you want to talk to someone about what you are feeling, there are a few ways to find what you need. Talking to someone can help you learn how to deal with your feelings.
First, talk to your parents, a guidance counselor, or an adult you trust. A trusting adult can help you get what you need to start to feel better.
If you need to talk to someone else who understands what you are dealing with, dial 2-1-1 on your cell phone and they will find someone in your area who can help you.
2-1-1 Referral Service
(866-728-8445 if the telephone service provider does not connect through 2-1-1)
I'm Afraid To Go Home
Sometimes parents have disagreements, but sometimes those disagreements can turn into fights that you shouldn’t see. If you are scared at home, or if you don’t feel safe, there is help for you.
Florida Abuse Hotline
I'm Being Bullied
If you feel like you are being bullied, or there is a kid or a group of kids who just won’t leave you alone, you need to tell someone. Start with your teacher or a guidance counselor and tell your parents too. You are not a tattle-tail. You deserve to feel safe at school or around the neighborhood. A bully could be picking on someone else, and you can help them feel safe too.
The source for portions of this content is the Hope for Healing website, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For more information on the guidance above, visit: www.HopeForHealingFl.com
In the 21st Century, we must lose the concept of cookie-cutter parks and playgrounds. Communities need the courage to advocate for creativity and innovation in the design of new multigenerational parks that consider the activities appropriate to all age groups. Multigenerational parks can become the focus of a community's recreational patterns and a source of considerable neighborhood pride. Artistic creativity, conceptual advances, innovative use of safe construction materials, and attention to landscaping detail all contribute to a park that appeals to every age group.
A multigenerational park is one that is designed for all ages and abilities. Multigenerational parks offer opportunities for all park users to increase physical activity with multiple activities of varying intensities.
One Health is a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach — working at the local, regional, national, and global levels — with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.
One Health is the idea that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and our shared environment.
When we protect one,
we help protect all.
The CDC has more information about One Health:
The Florida VFC Program provides vaccines to children 0 through 18 years of age who meet program eligibility at no cost to the parent/guardian. The VFC Program purchases the vaccines and supplies them to enrolled VFC Program providers at no cost. It supports the Immunization Section's commitment to vaccinate all children. This valuable program allows providers to make routine immunizations available to eligible children without out-of-pocket expenses to the parent/guardian.
View the entire St. Johns County Community Immunization Coverage Report (PDF, 362KB).
Effective March 27, 2015 the VFC provider initial enrollment process will be completed via email. The VFC annual provider enrollment process will be completed in Florida SHOTS. If you would like to enroll in the VFC program, please send email to FloridaVFC@FLHealth.gov. You will be contacted by a VFC representative with instructions for initial enrollment.
Help Stop Violence
Before It Happens
We all have a role to play!
Violence affects everyone and every community. The good news is that it is preventable. We can all work together to stop violence before it starts. VetoViolence is a website from CDC designed to help you and others prevent violence in your community. Tools, trainings, and resources empower you and your organization to reduce the risk for violence and protect the wellbeing of people where you live. Get the best available evidence and useful strategies to help prevent each type of violence or multiple types all at once. Visit VetoViolence today and learn how you can stop violence before it starts.
Adverse childhood experiences — commonly known as ACEs — is the term given to describe all types of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences that occur to individuals under the age of 18. ACEs affect children and families across all communities.
Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences
Connecting the Dots
Visit: Veto Violence to learn more about how you can prevent violence: