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Florida Area Health Education Center (FL AHEC): Community Experience

The Florida Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) is a non-profit statewide initiative for health professional education and support. AHEC provides opportunities to students from various professional backgrounds to form inter-disciplinary environments that focus on addressing local health care issues, as Florida AHEC…

Public Health in the Field: Experiences of a Public Health Professional

By: Stephanie Pollard Stephanie Pollard has over thirty years of experience in the healthcare field and earned her MPH from the University of Florida in 2004. In this story, she discusses some of her work in the field, outlines a week of her work in the U.S. Virgin Islands following…

Deep Learning for Cancer Treatment

By: Rachel Lynch Patients suffering from cancer can often feel like they have little to no options when it comes to treatment. Due to the nature of cancer, over time the illness evolves and becomes immune to popular treatment options. But what if we could predict how cancer will affect…

Public Health Professionals, “Don’t You Forget about Me”

By: Jazmine R. Quintana, MPH Candidate Interprofessional healthcare: a model that includes members of various sectors of health care to develop a more diverse team of individuals. The result? Improved health outcomes for patients. We know that this includes MDs, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacisists, physical therapists, etc. However,…

Beauty and Body Dissatisfaction in Young Women

By: Aviva Ariel-Donges, M.A. We’ve all done it: A friend loses weight, and we compliment her on how great she looks. But have you ever stopped to think about why you equate their newly acquired thinness with beauty and health? Body image dissatisfaction – which means having negative thoughts and…

Regular Exercise As A Tool For Better Health In Elderly Populations

Written By: Helen O’Keefe Exercise should be such a core part of our lives that it comes as naturally as the daily commute to work or the morning routine of breakfast and a shower. It can become more difficult to obtain regular exercise for those who live with…

Whats The Squeeze?: Assessing The Nutritional Facts of Juicing

Written By: Alexa Thompson Did you enter the new year with a resolution to eat healthier? Were you like me and promised yourself that you’d visit your local farmer’s market? National Nutrition Awareness Month has arrived and is a great checkpoint to evaluate how you’ve done thus far.

A, B, C,… What you need to know about Vitamin D deficiency

Written By: Jessica Spana It can be hard to imagine that a large portion of the population could be deficient in an important vitamin, but almost half of American adults are deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays an important role in the regulation of calcium and phosphorus…