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For two years, Gabrielle Jordan spent every weekend alone. She stayed home. She ordered food instead of going to the grocery store and she didn’t talk to a lot of people. Years after being diagnosed with a genetic condition called Best’s Vitelliform macular dystrophy, she could no longer see well enough to drive or cross the street by herself. She even felt anxious about walking with a [...]

Skye stood at a podium, recounting her life before and after she met Vicki Sokolik. The years before were heartbreaking, far beyond what any 17-year-old should have faced. Her mom abandoned her and her brother when Skye was 15. She started working when she turned 16, but never got any of the money because her father took it. He kicked Skye out of the house when she was 17 and she ended [...]

Think of a child health problem that looks too big to solve. Dr. Jeff Goldhagen is a person who heads into the middle of it. Teen depression and suicide. Foster kids who need a doctor or dentist. Kids in the juvenile justice system who are dealing with mental health issues and addiction. LGBTQIA+ teens looking for care. They’re all on Dr. Goldhagen’s patient roster. The Florida [...]

“When the well-being of a person is taken care of, then the well-being of the community is as well,” said Ann-Marie Knight, one of the collaborators on UF Health’s Total Care Clinic Group. The clinic is a recipient of the Florida Blue Foundation’s Sapphire Awards for Health Equity—one of three focus areas identified by the foundation that impact people’s overall health outcomes and qual [...]

Drug and alcohol addiction rarely happen in a vacuum. The afflicted usually have other challenges. They are teens who lack awareness and education. Mothers who don’t have child care. Trauma survivors without counseling. Unemployed people who have no job training. And the recently incarcerated who lack all of the above and more. DACCO has served people struggling with substance abuse sin [...]

Experiencing a traumatic event can affect how you feel about yourself and how you interact with family and friends. But, according to the American Psychiatric Association, more than half of people who have experienced trauma, don’t seek help because of the fear, stigma and prejudice about being treated differently.   That’s one of the reasons for the creation of UCF Restore [...]

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