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Your Healing Matters!

Florida Voices for Health and The Well are Teaming Up to Celebrate National Minority Health Month

Celebrated every year in April, National Minority Health Month:

  • Builds awareness about the disproportionate burden of premature death and illness in people from racial and ethnic minority groups.

  • Encourages action through health education, early detection and control of disease complications.


  • Florida Department of Health data show that Floridians of color experience higher rates of illness and death from a number of health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, specific cancers, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and asthma.

  • More than 50% of the Floridians left in the coverage gap (ineligible for Medicaid or ACA tax credits) are people of color. (Florida Policy Institute)

  • As of 2021, the maternal mortality rate in Florida is 28.7 deaths per 100,000 live births. For hispanic women the rate was 21.8 per 100K. For black women, the rate was 75.1 per 100K. (Florida Senate 2023)

Navigating Life With and Without Health Insurance

By Jessica B.

Jessica is a small business owner in Florida. She has experienced the benefits of being covered, but also the challenges that come with being uninsured. Through it all, she continues to work hard while helping others get access to care.


Share Your Story: A Catalyst for Change

Have you been impacted by:

  • Housing insecurity?

  • Crime or violence and struggled getting care?

  • Difficulties navigating the health care system?


The Well and Florida Voices for Health are joining forces for optimal well-being. At The Well and Florida Voices for Health, we believe in the power of storytelling, advocacy, and community engagement. Our stories hold the key to driving change, shaping policies, and creating a more equitable future for all.

Each story shared is a powerful testament to the lived experiences of individuals navigating healthcare access barriers. From struggles to triumphs, our stories humanize the impact of systemic challenges and inspire action towards meaningful solutions.

How Does Sharing Your Story Work?

Submit your story by:


After you submit your story, a member of our staff may contact you to learn more about your situation and to ensure that Florida Voices for Health understands your story in detail. After meeting with us, we'll send you a $15 Walmart gift card!

We will always ask your permission before we release any contact information or highlight your story, and you can always opt out of any opportunity.

By submitting your story you agree to our consent and release guidelines.

What's Next?

Investing in our collective well-being is not just a moral imperative—it's an investment in the future of our community. By supporting initiatives like St. Petersburg Survivors Speak and advocating for policies that prioritize health access for all, we can create lasting change that benefits everyone.

Through strategic partnerships, advocacy efforts, and community engagement, FVH and The Well will work to implement innovative strategies to address healthcare disparities, amplify marginalized voices, and advocate for policies that promote health equity and justice.

Together, we can create a world where every voice is heard, every story matters, and every individual has access to the care they need to thrive. Join us in our mission to champion change, uplift communities, and build a healthier, more equitable future for all.

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