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Health Advocate Begins Working in Floraciente


A new effort is underway to improve the health of people who live in the Floraciente Neighborhood in Moline. A bi-lingual community health advocate started working there in February, meeting with residents and holding classes.

Daniel Joiner from Unity Point Health-Trinity says a health needs assessment last year found several problems in the Quad Cities and Floraciente, including lack of access to health care, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and a lack of nutrution.

"The population is at risk for a lot of those needs that were identified. And then through the funding with Global Communities and Trinity Health Foundation, we thought this was a great community to target and focus on to imporove their health."

Funding for the community health advocate comes from Unity Point Health and Global Communities, an international non-profit organization specializing in community development.

The new advocate, Carolina Granja, is a Certified Nursing Assistant who graduated last year from Black Hawk College.

An estimated 1,300 people live in the Floraciente Neighborhood in Moline - from the eastern border of Rock Island to 12th Street, and from the Mississippi River to 8th Avenue. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.