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Dance-a-thon to Raise Money for River Region Human Services Back-to-School Program

ACTS is partnering with River Region Human Services for a dance-a-thon fundraiser on July 26, 2014 from 8:00am – 4:00pm at the Comedy Club, located at 11000 Beach Boulevard, Suite 8. The purpose of the dance-a-thon is to support the back-to-school needs for many low income, at-risk children in Jacksonville. Funds raised will purchase school supplies and materials to prepare these children for a successful 2014-15 school year.

In addition, there will be many food vendors available who are providing samples of their delectable menu items. For a nominal cost of $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event, you may enjoy unlimited samples of their delicious foods and beverages.

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River Region Commemorates National HIV Testing Day

River Region Human Services Marks National HIV Testing Day With Health Fair and Free Testing to Be Offered at Local Walgreens Stores

Duval County, FL has one of the highest incidence rates of HIV infection in the state, according to a recent CDC report, and a 2011 CNN report cited CDC statistics showing Jacksonville with the fifth-highest number of AIDS diagnoses among all cities in the country. Duval is one of eight counties in the state with between 0.19 and 0.38 percent of its population infected with HIV. An estimated 2,360 people in Duval County are living with HIV and another 6,240 are living with AIDS. Of those, 30% are women, 64% are Black and 37% are between the ages of 30 and 39.

Free HIV Testing will be offered from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26 and Friday, June 27, as well as Saturday, June 28 from 10.m. until 2 p.m. at the following locations:


5340 Soutel Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32219



5108 Norwood Avenue

Jacksonville, FL 32208



3604 Blanding Blvd. at Wilson

Jacksonville, FL 32210



6006 Beach Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL 32216


No appointment is required for the testing.

A free Community Health Fair will be held on Saturday, June 28, at 3101-3 Justina Road, Jacksonville. In addition to food and music, free HIV testing and health information will be available. Sponsored by River Region, a number of community partners also will be participating in the event. The event is part of River Region’s New Media, New Messages (NM2) program that uses social media and community partnerships to reach young African Americans in Jacksonville with substance abuse and HIV prevention messaging. Part of a national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant, the NM2 project aims to decrease prejudice and discrimination by giving those at risk of contracting HIV the opportunity to share their stories online, allowing positive interaction with others in their community and encouraging healthy behaviors.

In addition, free HIV testing will be offered at the Get Inspired 5K Run on Saturday, June 28, from 7 a.m. until Noon in Hemming Plaza in downtown Jacksonville.

For more information, give us a call at 904-899-6300 ext. 4112.

Free Community Health Fair on June 28

Free health screenings and information will be available at a day-long Community Health Fair in the Justina area on June 28. Sponsored by River Region Human Services, the “Take the Test. Take Control” event will include  free testing for STDs (sexually-transmitted diseases) and HIV/AIDS and information about making smart choices for a healthy lifestyle.

The event will be held from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at 3103-3 Justina Road in Jacksonville. The health fair is free and open to the public.

In addition to testing, River Region and its community partners will be providing information about preventing and treating substance abuse and mental illness. There also will be information about transitional and permanent housing for homeless individuals who are coping with any of these health problems.

Take the Pledge to Party Sober!

Graduation time, summer time, vacation time – definitely a time to party. But River Region Human Services is encouraging you to Party Sober by avoiding drugs and alcohol. What are the facts? Here are some sobering statistics from SAMSHA:

  • Every year, underage drinking causes more than 4,700 deaths in the U.S. This includes deaths from alcohol-related homicides, suicides, car crashes, falls, burns, and drowning.
  • Prescription drug abuse and marijuana use among teens has increased dramatically in recent years, putting young people at risk of long-term physical and mental illnesses.
  • Alcohol abuse leads to diabetes, liver disease and other serious illnesses.
  • 24 percent of drivers aged 15 to 20 who are involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes were drinking
  • The majority of underage drinkers report that their last use of alcohol in the past month occurred either in someone else’s home or their own home.
  • Alcohol can cause hangovers, vomiting, loss of consciousness, and death resulting from alcohol poisoning or asphyxiation.
  • Marijuana impairs judgment and motor coordination, which increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents.
  • Combining prescription drugs with alcohol or other drugs can lead to heart failure, seizures, and death.
  • High doses and/or repeated use of stimulants (e.g., medications used to treat asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) can produce feelings of hostility and paranoia. In serious cases, taking large amounts of stimulants can cause heart failure or seizures

Start your summer off right and take the pledge to Party Sober!

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River Region Human Services Holds Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking

“We Choose to be Sober” is the Theme

As part of National Prevention Week, River Region Human Services will host a Town Hall and Luncheon on Saturday, May 24, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., at 2055 Reyko Rd., Jacksonville.

The program will provide education and information for all families with teens ages 12 to 18, but especially for adolescents in foster care, group homes, enrolled in SIPP programs, attending alternative schools, or involved with juvenile justice. As part of a national effort to decrease underage drinking, the program targets teens in middle and high school who are at the highest risk of alcohol and drug abuse. The program will include representatives from the Prevention Coalition, the Duval County Health Department and River Region nursing. Students will participate in an activity called “Tag It: Above the Influence” and a trivia game with information about underage drinking. 

The program is free and open to the public. Please contact Dietangal Heard at 904-924-1551, ext. 402 or Stephanie Bosh at 904-924-1551, ext. 403 for more information or to RSVP.
National Prevention Week is a program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues.

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Some programs are funded in part by federal, state, and local government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Center for Disease Control, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Florida Department of Health, and the City of Jacksonville. In additional, many of our services are sponsored in part by the State of Florida Department of Children and Families Services.