The Community’s health challenges are complex. They are both a cause and a consequence of a number of social and other factors that can be referred to as the social determinants of health. They can include poverty, educational shortfalls, employment, safety, security, opportunity and lack of timely access to health services and activities. Examining how these factors impact health and well-being will lead to identifying the right partners, alliances and strategies and will promote good health.
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A century of history began in 1906 when a 15-bed clinic was built to serve as St. Petersburg’s first centralized health care facility. Soon after, the five-room Good Samaritan Hospital was built and by 1910 the city had raised $10,000 in bond issues to build a 22-bed facility which was called Augusta Memorial. The former Good Samaritan Hospital became a separate facility to serve the city’s African-American community.
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