Duval County Medical Society

person with a glove on ready to stick a needle with some fluid in it into someone else's arm.
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The city of Jacksonville is partnering with the Duval County Medical Society to launch FluVaxJax, a campaign to get more people vaccinated ahead of flu season. 

  Wednesday on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed an upcoming conference on the future of healthcare with Duval County Medical Society CEO Bryan Campbell and president Dr. Sunil Joshi (00:58). We heard about ways to prevent childhood drownings with Winston Family YMCA Aquatics Director Cindi Partee and Murphco of Florida Vice President Josh Harrison (29:47), who nearly drowned when he was a child. We spoke with best-selling author Issac Lidsky (37:46) and we met Stanton Preparatory School students Ashlie Malone, Arvind Sommi, Walker Miller and Haley Lee (45:03), who placed in the top 10 of the recent national Academic Worldquest.  

Thursday on “First Coast Connect” we talked about a recent report about Duval County’s health ranking drop in Florida with Duval County Medical Society CEO Bryan Campbell. Artist Janet Echelman joined the show to talk about her work being highlighted by the Jacksonville Cultural Council and he heard a live in-studio performance by bluegrass musicians The Grass is Dead.  

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we discussed a controversial proposal to allow new development of 10 houses on Cumberland Island in Georgia. We discussed Charles Seabrook’s non-fiction work“Cumberland Island, Strong Women, Wild Horses” with First Coast Connect Book Club blogger Stacey Goldring and Lisa Williams with the North Florida Sierra Club. We also heard from University of North Florida Coggin College of Business professor Parvez Ahmed about some of President-elect Donald Trump’s controversial cabinet selections. Commentator Jay Solomon remembers covering and meeting the late John Glenn. Solomon was a news director in Ohio when Glenn was in the U.S. Senate. We also met Dr. Tra’Chella Johnson Foy, the first African-American women to be named president of the Duval County Medical Society. 


Mission One Million

Today marks World Health Day.

Here on the First Coast, Mayor Lenny Curry and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy marked the occasion with a major effort to improve the health of this entire community.

"Mission One Million” is a new, citywide initiative with the goal of getting all of Jacksonville to collectively lose one million pounds.