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Midtown Heat - a PACE EH Initiative

Florida Department of Health in Volusia County Community Health

What is PACE-EH? 

The Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health or PACE-EH is a tool designed to encourage local health officials and community members to work together to identify and address community environmental health issues. The Midtown Health Equity Action Team (HEAT) is a community based, grass-roots PACE EH initiative focused on achieving health equity within the Midtown Community.  Our current focus is on Healthy Food Access within Food Deserts, Building a more Walkable Community and Engaging Youth to reduce delinquent behaviors.

The PACE-EH Steering Committee’s focus is on the Midtown area of Daytona Beach. This community has multiple health and socio-economic disparities that exist as compared to the city and state as a whole. For example:

  • Average Household Income of $22,486
  • More single parent households (3,309)
  • Infant mortality rate 3 times higher than state rate
  • Poverty rate 2.36 times the overall state rate

Thus there are significant grounds for a community intervention in this area to improve neighborhood environment conditions and the collective health of residents through utilization of the PACE-EH process.

The area which encompasses the PACE-EH project boundary for the Midtown community was based upon input from the PACE-EH Steering Committee. The project area includes the previous boundaries designated as the Central City Front Porch Community and the existing Midtown Redevelopment Zone.

Community Events 

  • Ongoing Free Smoking Cessation Class

  • 12-Step Support Group Nicotine Anonymous

Meeting Dates 

The Midtown Health Equity Action Team (HEAT) meets the fourth Thursday of every month from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Florida Department of Health Volusia County, 1845 Holsonback Dr., Daytona Beach.