SIPLEMAN BILTEN
Ansanm, nou kapab konbat grip la.
Dimanch sa a se pral kòmansman obsèvans anyèl Semèn Vaksinasyon Nasyonal kont Grip (National Influenza Vaccination Week - NIVW). Sezon grip sa a te bay kominote nou an yon defi san parèy pou konbat yon nouvo kalite grip -- viris grip H1N1 ane 2009 la.
Grip H1N1 lan se yon maladi grav. Sant pou Kontwòl ak Prevansyon Maladi a (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estime ant mitan mwad avril ak 14 novanm 2009, 47 milyon moun Ozetazini te enfekte avèk grip H1N1 2009 la, plis pase 200 000 moun te entène lopital, epi plis pase 9 800 moun te mouri.
Grip se yon maladi ki enprevizib epi nou pa konnen ki posiblite ki genyen pou gen yon vag grip H1N1 alavni, men nou konnen vaksinasyon se etap ki pi enpòtan pou pwoteje tèt ou kont grip. Pwoteje tèt ou, fanmi w ak kominote w lè w pran vaksen an. Vizite www.flu.gov pou jwenn klinik vaksinasyon ki pi pre w la epi jwenn plis enfòmasyon konsènan grip H1N1 lan. Montre ou renmen fanmi w ak kominote w lè w kenbe tèt ou ak moun ki pwòch ou ansante; vaksinen tèt ou ak fanmi w.

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Big Changes on Horizon for Local Organization

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Big Changes on Horizon for Local Organization

Miami, FL -- September 21, 2006 – The Epilepsy Foundation of South Florida, Inc. will have lots of reasons to celebrate, as it marks the occasion of its 35th birthday on October 15, 2006.

The local organization, headquartered in Miami-Dade, is the only Florida Epilepsy Services Provider affiliated with the national Epilepsy Foundation. A recent merger with the Jacksonville office has prompted the agency to change its name to The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. The agency now serves 15 counties and has offices in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Jacksonville.

According to Pat Dean, President of the Board, “The expansion of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida will help us spread the word about the important services we provide to those with epilepsy, which is a problem of epidemic proportion in the State of Florida”.

The Foundation has even more reasons to celebrate, as it was recognized as a leader in its field by the National Epilepsy Foundation this month at its annual Leadership Conference. The local organization received an award for Program of the Year. Dr. Jose Gonzalez, Medical Director of the Epilepsy Foundation of South Florida, was honored as Staff Person of the Year. Miami-Dade County was selected as The Employer of the Year in recognition of its employment and training opportunities to persons with epilepsy and all disabilities.

For more information about upcoming exciting Epilepsy Foundation events or to learn how to become a donor or client of the Epilepsy Foundation of South Florida, please contact Judy Clauser at 305-670-4949.

EPILEPSY FOUNDATION OF SOUTH FLORIDA, established in 1971, works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to provide medical care, prevention and education, support groups and children’s camp.

Epilepsy: A hidden healthcare crisis

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Epilepsy: A hidden healthcare crisis

Let me share with you some statistics that I trust you will find alarming... Did you know that there are more than 2.7 million people in the United States living with epilepsy? In Florida, approximately 360,000 of our residents, about 13% of the U.S. total, suffer from the disorder.

The things that make Florida a wonderful place to live, work, raise our children, and enjoy our families and friends, also makes Florida very attractive to many people throughout the world. Every year, our population continues to grow as businesses relocate their offices to our state, retirees leave the northern climates in search of the outdoor lifestyles we are accustomed to and families from overseas seek the employment and educational opportunities that our country has to offer.

With more children and seniors living in Florida, we have seen at the Foundation a dramatic increase in the number of people seeking diagnosis and treatment. We have heard from hospitals, medical centers, neurologists and epileptologists that the statewide resources are being challenged to keep up with the diagnosis and treatment demand evident in many communities. We are concerned about the future care of our men and women returning from the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan as many of our surviving soldiers may develop epilepsy symptoms as a result of head trauma incurred on the battlefield.

Simply put, the statewide capacity to effectively and timely diagnose and treat patients with convulsive seizures is insufficient to meet the healthcare needs of our growing population.

We have, in essence, a statewide Epilepsy Healthcare Crisis. To make matters worse, the public’s aversion to and misunderstandings about the disorder continues to mute open dialogue among community leaders and the press.... Let ’s not talk about it... Let ’s shove it in the closet... Let ’s pretend it doesn’t exist.

Our Hidden Healthcare Crisis is not going to go away. In fact, our population trend ensures that it will get worse.

We at the Foundation are working hard to communicate our concerns to statewide politicians and prominent leaders in every community. We ask you to help us spread the word. Next time you are chatting with your colleagues at work, heading to the movies with your best friend or enjoying an afternoon barbeque with your neighbors... just mention: “Did you know we have a Hidden Healthcare Crisis in Florida? It is Epilepsy.”