DOH-Duval At A Glance
The Florida Department of Health in Duval County (DOH-Duval) operates a number of health centers and clinics at community-based sites. DOH-Duval provides pediatrics and women's health, dentistry, psychiatry, maternity care, family planning, immunization, and care for communicable and sexually transmitted diseases. Our comprehensive care centers and clinics are located in core areas where the need for services is highest.
A dental program recognized as among the best in Florida
We were the first health department in Florida to use mobile units to serve children, adolescents, and young adults at schools, camps, and community facilities. Our two mobile units and five full-service clinics handle thousands of patient visits each year.
A significant focus on child health
Our pediatricians, nurses, dentists, and dental assistants provide comprehensive care to infants and children in our centers, including being on call 24 hours a day for emergencies. In partnership with Duval County Schools, we provide school nurses to assess injuries and illnesses, counsel students, referrals for treatment, and follow up visits. Through our immunization program, DOH-Duval offers vaccines to all school children to protect them from diseases. Our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program provides supplemental nutrition and education for parents of young infants and children.
Quality care with a highly qualified work force
We are committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. Our centers are staffed by well-trained physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Our pharmacy is staffed by well-trained and licensed registered pharmacist. We have licensed clinical social workers and certified health educators. In addition, we have an extensive training and recruitment program. We actively provide internship opportunities for students from many colleges and universities.
Compassion in specialty care programs
With sensitivity and discretion, we maintain clinics and centers that screen and treat patients for tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV/AIDS. In addition to screening and treatment in our clinics, we make home visits as needed to ensure proper care is provided. The Division of Communicable and Infectious Diseases works aggressively to educate, protect, and prepare the community to deal with public health concerns such as West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, Influenza, and Enterovirus D68.
An emphasis on prevention
We offer a variety of educational and counseling programs that encourage healthy practices such as good nutrition and exercise, prevention of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes, and anti-tobacco campaigns. We provide pregnancy prevention services to teens. Our comprehensive direct care and support services to expectant mothers, women, and children promote the birth of healthy babies and the development of healthy families.
Sanitation and protection from environmental hazards
Preventing, detecting and eliminating health risks in our environment are critical in safeguarding public health. Among its many programs, our Environmental Health and Safety Division ensures proper disposal of sewage and biomedical waste, good hygiene by food handlers, sanitary conditions at mobile home parks and other places, good water quality at public pools, and water safe for human consumption at potable water wells. We do this by educating the public, conducting inspections, issuing permits and investigating complaints.