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UCF Medical Students Give Free Hepatitis A Shots, Medical Care to Orlando’s Homeless

For more than nine months now, a group of volunteer UCF medical students have been giving free hepatitis A shots to the homeless in Orlando. Once a month, on a Tuesday evening, they set up their portable tent and a few tables…
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Creating a Resilient Community: From Trauma to Healing

The Peace and Justice Institute of Valencia College, Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, Orange County Health Department, along with partners and sponsors, invite you to a conference, Creating a Resilient Community: From Trauma to Healing…
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When Kids Kill

Two were only 13 years old. Three were just a few months shy of turning 18. Four committed their crimes in this decade, and just as many have spent more than 30 years behind bars. At least two sold sex for money. One witnessed his father…
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Commentary: Nurses in Schools Make Good - The Orlando Sentinel

The Tampa Bay Times wrote an editorial about a year ago saying that Pinellas County was smart to invest in more school nurses. This is a timely issue for Orange County too. It is now the ninth-largest U.S. school district, exploding with growth.…
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Free Back-to-School Physicals are Available in Orange and Seminole Counties - The Orlando Sentinel

Free back-to-school physicals for uninsured children are available starting July 24 at Shepherd’s Hope locations in Orange and Seminole counties. Read more.
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New Virginia Law Mandates Mental Health Education in Public Schools - NPR

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Sen. Creigh Deeds (D- Va.), one of the sponsors of the new state law requiring mental health education in schools. Read more.
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Free HIV Testing at Walgreens in June - The Sun Sentinel

One June 27th, Walgreens will be offering free HIV testing for National HIV Testing Day. Read more.
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Push for Children's Trust Pits Orange County Mayor Against Longtime Kids' Advocate - The Orlando Sentinel

Dick Batchelor, chairman of the Children's Trust of Orange County, has made allegations that Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs tried to thwart an Orange County Commission vote on services for homeless, impoverished, abuse, and at-risk children…
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PHAT Life: Effective HIV Intervention for Youth in the Criminal Justice System - National Institutes of Health

Earlier this month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a press release on effective methods of HIV intervention for justice-involved youths. Read more.
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NIH Releases First Dataset from Unprecedented Study of Adolescent Brain Development - National Institutes of Mental Health

The National Institutes of Health today released to the scientific community an unparalleled dataset from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. To date, more than 7,500 youth and their families have been recruited for the…
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Lack of Mental Health Services in Predominantly Black Schools Means a Domino Effect as Kids Grow - KBIA

A licensed clinical psychologist discusses how the lack of mental health resources in predominantly black schools can negatively impact youths. Read more and listen.   Photo by Bill Wegener on Unsplash