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By Amy Douglas

March 29, 2022


[Lecanto, Fla.] —The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) will

celebrate National Minority Health Month and “give our community a boost” from 10 a.m. to 12
p.m., Saturday, April 9 at the George Washington Carver Community Center (95 Three Sisters
Springs Trail, Crystal River). The event is free and open to the public.

The event is part of a larger national observation spearheaded by the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH). The OMH chose this year’s
theme, “Give Your Community a Boost!”, to highlight the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations,
particularly boosters, to fight the disease. As COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted
communities of color, the goal of the event is to increase the community’s knowledge and
understanding of health equity and health disparities.

DOH-Citrus will offer the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines (first, second and third doses,
as well as boosters) and lipid, blood glucose and blood pressure screenings. The Women,
Infants and Children (WIC) Program will conduct hemoglobin checks and offer nutrition
education, including a healthy snack demo which, while geared toward parents and children, is
open to all ages. Healthy Babies will present information on safe sleep, breastfeeding and car
seat safety.

In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about growing their own food. Activities
are planned such as “plant your own veggie” to take home in a biodegradable pot; games such
as corn hole, ring toss and Skee ball; and a drawing for children’s toys that promote outside

DOH-Citrus recently launched a Health Equity & Disparities Coalition whose goal is to work with
the community to achieve health equity, eliminate disparities and improve the health of all
groups within our community.
For more information about DOH-Citrus, go to www.CitrusCountyHealth.orgor follow us on
Twitter at
For more information about Health Equity, visit the CDC’s website:

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