Cooking Matters at the Store

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:

October 5, 2016 
Oral Health 
With oral health being one of the twelve leading health indicators for the nation and major oral health disparities highest among non-white Latinos and Blacks, it is imperative that we discuss risk factors and methods of prevention and treatment.
Community Event: October 29
November 2, 2016 
Mental Health 
Mental health has only recently become a topic associated with general well-being and is taboo among low income and minority communities, although approximately 25% of adults in the United States suffer from mental illness, according to the CDC. Focusing on this issue will help destigmatize mental illness in communities of color.
Community Event: November 19
December 1, 2016 
Sexual Health 
Sexual health is another major concern often made taboo due to the intimate nature of the topic, leaving some with insufficient access to reliable information. Our discussions of HIV/STD screening, teen pregnancy, senior sexual health, and sexual violence will help provide accurate information people can use to make responsible decisions about their sexual health.
Community Event: December 17
January 4, 2017 
Weight Management 
With 43% of Black and 42% of Latino adults in Miami-Dade reported as overweight, we must discuss the association of obesity with chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease, etc. and the benefits of exercise, health eating and related testing.
Community Event: January 28
February 1, 2017 
Heart Health 
While data shows the death rate from coronary heart disease is on the decline, heart disease remains the leading cause of death on a national scale. Our discussions will focus on risk factors and ways to improve heart health.
Community Event: February 25
March 18, 2017 
Fourth Annual Health Matters: Health and Resource Fair
April 5, 2017 
Breast Health 
Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women and is the most common cause of death from cancer among Latino women and the second most common for Black women. We will discuss risk factors, prevention and treatment.
Community Event: April 29
May 3, 2017 
Kids' Summer Safety 
We will discuss water, heat and sun, and mosquito safety as well as injury and violence and summer inactivity.
Community Event: May 27
June 1, 2017 
Eye Health 
Eye health is often ignored due to lack of insurance coverage and the costs of visiting an eye doctor. Risk factors that affect eye health, the importance of regular screenings, and other issues will be addressed.
Community Event: June 24


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.


Carseat Giveaway

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.