Midtown Heat - a PACE EH Initiative
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.
Ongoing Free Smoking Cessation Class
12-Step Support Group Nicotine Anonymous
The Midtown Health Equity Action Team (HEAT) meets the fourth Thursday of every month from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the BCU Center for Civic Engagement at 740 International Speedway Blvd.