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Dr. Joseph Ladapo steps into new Surgeon General role

| Sep 21, 2021 | Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Dr. Joseph Ladapo’s appointment as Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health at a press conference today. Dr. Ladapo will succeed Dr. Scott Rivkees in the role, who announced his departure last month upon the conclusion of his two-year term.     Dr....[ Read More ]

Medicaid waitlist, nursing shortages among Florida budget requests

| Sep 21, 2021 | Florida

The Florida House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee kicked off its first interim meeting before the 2022 legislative session on Tuesday, reviewing budget requests from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA), and the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs (FDVA).      Agency for Persons with...[ Read More ]

Florida overdose response programs receive $4.3 million from SAMHSA

| Sep 20, 2021 | Florida

The latest round of funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will distribute approximately $4.3 million across eight organizations in Florida. SAMHSA awarded a total of $123 million nationally, divided into six types of grant programs to provide communities and health providers with “multifaceted support."  ...[ Read More ]

Florida Center for Nursing will reopen and begin tracking staffing shortages

| Sep 17, 2021 | Florida

The Florida Center for Nursing (FCN) will establish a partnership with the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa to track nursing shortages and potential solutions, WUSF Public Media announced last week. A USF College of Nursing faculty member will be selected as FCN’s interim executive director until the center...[ Read More ]

FHCA responds to report on high Florida nursing home COVID rates

| Sep 17, 2021 | Florida

The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) released a statement on Thursday in response to a September update from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) COVID-19 Dashboard, which documents case, vaccination, and death rates in Florida’s nursing homes. FHCA represents approximately 700 long-term care facilities across Florida.     According...[ Read More ]

Q&A with VACSB director Jennifer Faison on supporting community health

| Sep 17, 2021 | Virginia

Jennifer Faison is the executive director of the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards (VACSB) which oversees 39 CSBs across the Commonwealth and the Behavioral Health Authority. Faison has advocated for Virginia’s behavioral health workforce — not just at state hospitals but the services embedded in the community as well,...[ Read More ]

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