Opa-Locka Health Partnership
With funding from The Health Foundation of South Florida, OLCDC leads The Opa-locka Health Partnership, which was formed to address health inequalities experienced by Opa-locka residents. The partnership seeks to create sustainable solutions to reduce these disparities and their negative effects. The goal is to engage residents to identify priorities and develop strategies to improve their well-being by adopting active, healthier lifestyles.
Health Partnership Meetings & Events for 2016-17:
Health Matters: Health and Resource Fair
On Saturday, March 29, 2014, OLCDC hosted the inaugural Health Matters: Opa-locka's Health and Resource Fair, an educational and interactive health and resource fair designed to provide free health screenings and examinations; health seminars and workshops; and food preparation demonstrations.
Over 200 people attended the Fair, taking advantage of health services and community resources being offered by 40 local organizations. Participants learned the importance of living an active lifestyle and how to get their families moving; received free fresh foods; and learned about managing finances, home ownership, and career planning.
The Fair was held at Sherbondy Village Community Center and sponsored by many local businesses.
On Saturday, March 18, 2017, OLCDC will present the fourth annual Health Matters: Health and Resource Fair, including vendors, cooking demonstrations, food giveaways and fitness activities.
Cooking Matters at the Store
In May 2014, OLCDC continued the commitment to provide resources to teach residents about healthy food choices. In partnership with FLIPANY and as part of the Cooking Matter at the Store program, OLCDC conducted a tour of a local grocery store where participants learned how to compare unit prices, read food labels better, and purchase the right fruits and vegetables. The grocery store tours will continue throughout the year.
Cooking Matters at the Store, an initiative of Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters, is a program that helps low-income families get the most out of their money at the grocery store to cook healthy, delicious meals. The interactive tours are led by volunteer nutrition and culinary experts. These tours arm residents with the necessary resources to make better informed decisions about their food purchases.
In April 2013, OLCDC parterned with the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade to provide carseats to local residents. Prior to receiving a carseat, each participant attended a carseat safety course and received individual instruction on how to properly install the carseat. The giveaway was held at the Historic Train Station located next to the Tri-rail Station on Ali-baba Ave.