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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.

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Community Health Action Team (CHAT)

Community Health Action Team or CHAT is a mobile public health response outreach team in the Office of Community Health and Planning at the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County. CHAT consists of Senior Community Health Nurses, Health Services Representatives, and Health Educators. CHAT staff members provide specialized public health services including prevention, education, advocacy, regulation, and direct services within Miami-Dade County. The overall goal of services and initiatives is to lower the incidence of chronic disease and obesity by raising awareness of proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Program services include:

  • Support health fairs and health promotion events
  • Biometric screenings: blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), body fat analysis (BFA), blood glucose and cholesterol, and carbon monoxide breath analysis
  • Healthy lifestyle education based on screening results
  • Referrals to primary healthcare providers, community agencies and other resources as needed
  • Health and wellness classes/presentations
  • Technical assistance for worksite wellness programs

  • Journey to Wellness Rx is a non-pharmaceutical prescription provided by healthcare personnel (nurses, health services representatives, health educators, etc.) to recommend physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco cessation for weight or chronic disease management. Access more information and download your own Journey to Wellness Rx today!

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  • Community Health Outreach Program (CHOP) – complete a CHOP form online to submit a formal request for the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, as well as the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade and community partners, to participate in your wellness fair. It is recommended that a CHOP form be completed 30 to 60 days prior to an event whenever possible, but at least 2-3 weeks beforehand. Once a CHOP form is completed, someone from the Office of Community Health and Planning will be in contact to confirm our availability once our services are requested. Additionally, the details of the event will be posted on the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade website under Events - Community Calendar so that other Consortium community partners can participate if they wish to do so.

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