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New COVID-19 Open Enrollment Press Release

Tampa, Florida – In accordance with the Executive Order issued by President Biden, the Biden Administration announced a Special Open Enrollment Period for individuals and families to enroll in Health Insurance Marketplace coverage. This Special Open Enrollment is in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, which has left millions of Americans facing health problems, uncertainty, and exceptional circumstances. This new Open Enrollment Period will allow individuals and families in states with Marketplaces served by the HealthCare.gov platform to enroll in 2021 health insurance coverage, and this includes Florida.

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Serving, Enriching, and “Healthing” Our Community 

Big Bend AHEC continuously strives to eliminate barriers to health on the most basic levels by creating opportunities closer to home through our various programs, services and partnerships. We also engage in training health professionals and students to seek new and effective ways to serve our community.

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We Are Here to Serve: Our Programs

Taking care of your health is our priority. The entire staff at Big Bend AHEC makes it our mission to serve you while striving to eliminate the barriers that are built upon health issues. Take a look at how our group of health professionals and students can help you and your loved ones today.

Health Insurance Enrollment

Big Bend AHEC’s Navigators provide outreach and enrollment services to individuals seeking to enroll in health care coverage in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

Tobacco Program

You are not alone when it comes to addiction to tobacco products. Learn how you can join a Group Quit session today.

Closing the Gap

We strive to provide healthcare for all, including closing the gap to those who lack access to primary care or are uninsured.

Big Bend Rural Health Network

We collaborate with others in the region to ensure that our residents can improve or prevent chronic diseases.

Lupus Awareness

Lupus, an autoimmune disease, triggers inflammation throughout different tissues in the body. We are advocating for these patients.

We Are One

Big Bend Rural Health Network has been awarded the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation grant for the last two years. Using these grant funds, we have created the “We Are One” project that exists within three of our service counties.

AHEC Scholars

The scholars program will provide students with interprofessional learning opportunities focused on building the skills and competencies needed to help transform primary and patient care.

DEEP

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program™ (DEEP™) is a Medicare-approved, evidence-based diabetes self-management education (DSME) program for people with prediabetes or diabetes and their loved ones. All classes are FREE.

Healthcare Summer Institute

The Office for Diversity and Health Equity sponsors a 4-week summer camp for minority high school students, rising juniors and seniors only, with career interests in health professions who live within the University of Florida AHEC service areas.

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Our Mission

To provide health education and promote partnerships to improve community health, focusing on underserved, rural, and minority populations.

 

Our Vision

To be the driving force toward optimal health for a thriving, kind, and equitable global community.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement

Big Bend AHEC celebrates diversity and embraces the unique perpectives of all community members as we endeavor to improve health in the Big Bend.

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