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6/26/19: Democratic Primary Debates; Climate Change; Sickle Cell

Jessica Palombo
Flooding in San Marco during Hurricane Irma.

As Democratic presidential canidates prepare for the 2020 primary debates in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday nights, 74 medical and public health groups are pushing candiates to make commitments to help fight against climate change. The groups are framing climate change as a public health emergency.

Director of Program for Climate and Health Dr. Mona Sarfaty joined First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Wednesday to talk more.

Climate Change's Impact On Jacksonville

Researchers are also examining the vulnerability Jacksonville has to climate change.

Northeast Florida Regional Council CEO Elizabeth Payne joined us to discuss her organization's findings. 

Sickle Cell 

Credit LifeSouth

1 out of 365 African Americans are born with sickle cell disease and there is no universal cure available. 

Some local groups are working to provide help and support for patients.

On Saturday, June 29, the free annual Sickle Cell Symposium will be held for families and patients.   

LifeSouth will have be hosting a blood drive from their bloodmobile that will be parked at the event. 

Karen Patterson with LifeSouth and Voices Institute’s Selena Webster-Bass joined us to talk more about the event.

Madison Roberts can be reached at or (904)358-6317.

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