Fulfill Alachua County’s health-care vision

As our nation rapidly approaches 1 million recorded deaths due to COVID-19, our Florida government officials loudly proclaim that masks and vaccinations are unnecessary. Public health has become as taboo of a subject as climate change. It is clear who suffers the most from ignorance of both: ethnic minorities and our underprivileged low-income neighbors.

US and Florida Leagues of Women Voters are clear: “The US health care system should provide a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost to all US residents. Basic care includes disease prevention, primary care (including prenatal and reproductive health), acute long-term care, mental health care, as well as health promotion and education.”

Alachua County has a vision to become, “A community where everyone can be healthy.” That vision of more than a decade is only now being invigorated.

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