Emphasize prevention


The investigative series Innocents Lost was outstanding on many levels. Hopefully, it will bring about positive changes for Florida’s very vulnerable children.

Prompted by this series, the promise that House Healthy Families Subcommittee bill PCB HFS 14-03 holds is significant, if it is adequately funded.

While this bill is a wonderful stopgap for families already in the system, one thing missing is more emphasis on prevention. Reducing health problems by having a preventive focus is no different for social problems.

As one of the few social workers specifically trained with a preventative focus, I founded a website offering several ways to fix what is wrong with our current situation, www.tpsw.org.

With timely preventive intervention given to those who need it, the majority of our social problems will be greatly reduced. When we reach the point of meeting those needs, money will be saved and put to much better use because we will not need to constantly put out expensive “fires.”

We are already implementing prevention work in many aspects of healthcare. Without greater emphasis on preventive services for social problems, there is little hope that things will improve.

Laura E. Jimenez, Miami Beach

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