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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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Orange County to Spend an Extra $20 Million on Kids in 9 ZIP Codes with High Childhood Poverty, Juvenile Crime, Abuse

Within the next 60 days, Orange County plans to start spending an additional $20 million on children’s services by targeting nine ZIP codes with the highest rates of childhood poverty, juvenile crime, student homelessness, teen pregnancy…
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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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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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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
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Youth Involved in Justice System Less Likely to Use Preventive Care - Healio

New research shows that youths involved in the juvenile justice system, including those who have been arrested, are more likely to use emergency services in lieu of preventive care measures. Read more.