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2-18-14 125th Anniversary of Florida Public Health

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2-18-14 125th Anniversary of Florida Public Health
The yellow fever epidemic that occurred in Florida during 1887-1888 brought to light the need for control of this and other diseases in Florida to prevent future epidemics; and WHEREAS, in response to this need, the Florida Legislature created the State Board of Health on February 20, 1889; and WHEREAS, the State Board of Health, now named the Florida Department of Health, has a presence in all Florida counties including Lee to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida; and WHEREAS, the efforts of the Florida Department of Health have helped create healthier living environments and a better quality of life for the residents and visitors in Lee County; and WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Health in Lee County was a leader in collaborations between public and private entities to establish the Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida, Lee County Mosquito Control, Visiting Nurse Association, Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition, Safe Kids Coalition of Lee and Collier Counties, Healthy Lee Coalition, Streets Alive of Lee County, National Drowning Prevention Alliance, Florida’s drowning prevention program, and first child passenger safety seat training program for certifying technicians in Southwest Florida that continue to serve residents today; and WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Health in Lee County led collaborations between public and private entities to establish the Tobacco Free Lee Coalition, tobacco free public housing, an education alternate to suspension for student tobacco rule violators in public schools, and a ban on e-cigarettes in public schools that continue to serve residents today; and WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Health in Lee County led collaborations between Lee County Solid Waste and all fire districts in Lee County to establish the national model for a Sharps Disposal Program; and WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Health in Lee County provides vital services to improve the health of women and children through WIC and Healthy Start; and WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Health in Lee County has led Immunizations for children and adults through epidemic and pandemic, and continues to promote Immunizations for vaccine preventable diseases; and WHEREAS, the dedicated public health professionals who work for the Florida Department of Health in Lee County continue to serve the needs of our community by providing health services, monitoring and responding to emerging health threats, and promoting healthy choices for all who live, work, and play in Lee County; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby recognize the 125th Anniversary of Florida Public Health, and ask that all residents join us in extending our sincere gratitude to the staff, past and present, of the Florida Department of Health in Lee County for their commitment to the people of our communities during these one hundred and twenty-five years.