Local physician to discuss health care at Daytona State event

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Dr. Delicia Haynes

Dr. Delicia Haynes, a local family physician whose practice is among the first to provide comprehensive medical care for a flat monthly fee, will share her story and her views on the state of health care today during the next installment of the L. Gale Lemerand Entrepreneurial Speaker Series slated for Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Daytona State College (DSC).

The event, hosted by the Small Business Development Center at DSC, is free and open to the public. It kicks off at 9:30 a.m. in the Hosseini Center on the Daytona Beach campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.

Medical society president

Haynes is the CEO and founder of Daytona Beach’s Family First Health Center, the first direct primary care clinic serving Volusia and Flagler counties as an integrative membership-based family medicine clinic.

She also is president of the Volusia County Medical Society, and is the youngest and first African-American physician to hold the post in the organization’s history.

Haynes also is the first doctor in Volusia County to obtain board certification in obesity medicine.

Top doctor
Last year, Haynes’ Family First Health Center earned Small Business of the Year honors from the Volusia County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and she was named a top doctor in Volusia-Flagler by the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

She is a strong proponent of preventive medical care and helping her patients make healthy lifestyle choices. Since 2009, she has provided free annual sports physicals to area youth through organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Volusia/Flagler Counties.

Haynes also recently spearheaded a community initiative dubbed “Cut High Blood Pressure” to increase screening and monitoring of high blood pressure by teaching barbers and stylists to conduct the screenings at their shops.

Scholarships available
In addition to Haynes’ presentation, up to three promising students will receive $1,000 scholarships during the event. Applications are being accepted through Oct. 16 for the L. Gale Lemerand Entrepreneurial Speaker Series Scholarship.

Plans are to award one scholarship to a current DSC college-credit student, another to a DSC Adult Education student and one to a student enrolled in a Volusia or Flagler County high school who plans to attend DSC.

Monday deadline

Scholarship applications are online at DaytonaState.edu/scholarships and must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16.

Lemerand is one of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists.

Through an endowment, the Center for Entrepreneurship that bears his name has become a resource available for Daytona State students seeking degrees in business and management, as well as for anyone who wants to learn what it takes to start a business from the ground up.

For more information, call 386-506-4723 or email SBDC@DaytonaState.edu.

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