Read for Health
The Florida Department of Health knows that the ability to read, write, and understand
letters and numbers is a basic component to maintaining good health and eliminating health
disparities. The Read For Health Initiative was created to educate the public and health
professionals about the importance of reading to good health.
To improve the health and welfare of Florida citizens by incorporating reading and
literacy-related activities into the scope of services delivered to all Department of
From birth throughout life, all of Florida's families will include reading to develop
and maintain good health, thereby enabling families to:
Access health care appropriately.
Understand and follow basic health care instructions.
Interact with their children in ways that will lead to optimal growth and
Make informed health and life decisions.
Summer 2008 Newsletter
(701 KB *PDF)
2008 WIC Special Edition Newsletter
(1.65 MB *PDF)
Spring 2008 Newsletter
(1.56 MB *PDF)
Winter 2007 Newsletter
(1.8 MB *PDF)
Summer 2007 Newsletter
(711 KB *PDF)
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ASK ME 3
The 3 most important questions you should ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. Learn more about health
literacy and its impact on you at
Healthy Stories was written by the employees of the Miami Dade County Health Department to serve the public health community as a memory bank.
Our public health lives are filled with special memories that define and enrich us.
2007 Healthy Stories
(2 MB *PDF)