When Aleiah was just a few months old, a home visitor from the Children’s Home Society of Florida scooped her up and started reading a book to the baby girl. Aleiah’s father watched as the woman brought the book to life by acting out the characters’ voices, including an elephant. It was something new to Aleiah and her father, who dreamed of a close bond with his children. Soon, he began [...]

Delaying or skipping a mammogram, even just one time, could be hazardous to your health. [...]

For decades, Black people have been less likely to get a flu shot than people from other races. The same has been true for COVID-19 vaccinations. Some of the reasons for Black people not getting vaccinated date back decades, according to Dr. Cynthia Griffin, vice president of Medicare pharmacy programs at Florida Blue. They center on trust issues, misperceptions and fears. Other barrier [...]

A little hope can change lives. It can build trust, excitement and resiliency. It can lead to a healthier future for generations to come. Florida Blue is planting those seeds of hope through Growing Resilient Communities, a philanthropic initiative to break the cycle of generational poverty in five ZIP codes in four cities: Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Presi [...]

As Michael and Heather Daniels made their way down the street to their Deerfield Beach home, they knew they were heading into a life-changing moment. One that was a way to help honor them for their service. Both are heroes in their own right. Michael joined the Marine Corps shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He served two tours in Iraq, including in the initial invasion into [...]

When COVID-19 made its way to Florida last year, there were a lot of unknowns. The symptoms changed often in the early weeks and months after the virus arrived here in March 2020. It was unclear why some people were more susceptible to the virus than others. And there wouldn’t be a vaccine for another nine months. So much uncertainty naturally led to frustration, concern and eve [...]

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 [...]

Choosing a primary care doctor can be a tough decision, no matter who you are. Even if you’re a doctor.  “It’s one thing I think everyone struggles with,” said Dr. Deborah Stewart, a senior medical dire [...]

For most of the year, people have been feeling the pressure of the life that COVID-19 has brought. Months of staying in our homes, which have doubled as offices for our work and classrooms for our kids. We’ve leaned heavily on technology like Zoom to be able to see our family and friends, but it’s not the same as a hug or a handshake. And we’ve felt it. Some more than others. We’ve been [...]

For decades, Black people have been less likely to get a flu shot than those from many other races. And the percentages in Florida are among the lowest in the country. The Center for Disease Control and Prev [...]

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