The RHATT Pack Watch Day 195


The RHATT Pack Watch

Day 195


Today is Tuesday, November 6th, day 195 of the Rhatt Pack Watch.


Earlier this month, the Florida Department of Health’s Columbia and Hamilton Counties’ Administrator, Tom Moffses, issued a bulletin describing the additional health care services to be provided in White Springs.  Healthcare planning began in 2011-2012.


The first cut at an Assessment occurred in 2013.  However, back in 2014, the Health Department completed a Hamilton County Community Health Assessment.  The services, its been providing are based on that assessment.


For instance, the Assessment found that the ten leading of illness and death in Hamilton County were:
  1. Malignant Neoplasm (Cancer)
  2. Heart Disease
  3.  Unintentional Injury
  4. Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
  5. Cerebrovascular Disease (Stroke)
  6. Diabetes
  7. Influenza and Pneumonia
  8. Suicide, Chronic Liver Disease, and
  9. 10) Hypertension and Hypertensive Renal Disease.
Generally speaking, Hamilton County residents appeared to be at higher risk and lived shorter lives than the population in Florida overall.  Additionally, the Assessment looked at behavioral health factors that contributed to these health outcomes.  As a result, the Health Department’s approach has been to encourage behavioral health factors (like eating more fresh fruit) that contributed to lowering illnesses and extending lifespans.


It also discouraged behavioral health factors (like smoking) that increased illnesses and reduced lifespans.  Since 2014, there has been an update to the Assessment in 2015 and a 2016-18 Hamilton County Community Health Improvement Plan Update.  While not identifying any changes in the leading causes of illness and death, the 2016-18 Plan provided greater specificity on the Health Department’s approach.


So When Tom Moffses concluded that the Department of Health needed to increase its services to double its presence in White Springs to the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month, this was consistent with all previous Assessments and the Improvement Plan.  However, when he concluded the Health Department needed to focus their resources on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), particularly HIV / AIDS prevention and testing services, it came as a very welcomed addition, but as a bit of a surprise.


There appears to be no question that the apparent HIV / AIDS- like conditions of the Red-face Ratt and his extremely aggressive sexual behavior with the “Cousins” and young fondlings warrant health prevention monitoring and care as appropriate.  As you are aware, HIV / AIDS can be spread easily, has a long gestation period, and can be life threatening, if not detected and treated early.


As the “Watch” has reported previously, there are effective treatments that can help with prevention for high stake individuals as well as treatments for those who have been infected.  Don’t place your life at risk!  If there is any possibility that you have (or you know someone who has) been exposed to HIV / AIDS from the apparently contagious Ratt or anyone else, don’t wait, immediately call for an appointment at (386) 792-1414 or stop by the clinic at 16811 Spring Street (US-41).


White Springs, it’s no longer just the Ratt and a few of his “Cousins”.  Unfortunately, HIV / AIDS has established a food hold in White Springs.  If left untreated and unstopped, in a few years, people will be dropping like flies.  Don’t be one of them.   Learn the basics about HIV / AIDS and practice what you learn.


You can also contact US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329-4027; 800-CDC-INFO  (800) 232-4636;  They have extensive resources.  Also, the Florida HIV / AIDS hotline (800) 352-2437 has additional resources to help.


Avoid high-risk HIV/AIDS individuals, like the Ratt.  It’s Day 195 and the Red-face Ratt hasn’t resigned yet.  The Rhatt Pack Watch continues!


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