The Downfall of Miami Dade, Florida

Miami Dade County’s Highest Ranking Crime is Robbery

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Miami Dade County- a Hot Bed for Crime

Miami Dade County is a high crime community in Florida horribly affected by drugs, low income communities, low employment rates and an astonishingly high amount of gang violence. According to Miami’s Healthy Communities Institute, over the past five years Miami Dade County has experienced an increase in infant mortality rates, an increase in deaths related to diabetes, an increase in deaths related to heart disease, breast cancer and prostate cancer, an increase in almost all sexually transmitted diseases, an increase in childhood and teenage obesity, as well as an increase in drug use. These major health and social issues are major problems for the Miami Dade area that are a direct result of the hurting economy, the high unemployment rate and an empathetic public that is unaware or does not care about the damage they are doing to their bodies.

Stopping Crime in Miami Dade Takes Numerous Task Forces

Is Miami Dade a County too Populated?

Miami Dade County is the most populated county located in southeastern Florida. Not only is it the most populated county in Florida, but Miami Dade is the seventh most densely populated county in all of the United States. This high volume of people makes Miami Dade a hotbed of crime, disease, corruption and more.

A heavily packed county with a high demand for jobs, Miami Dade was hit hard when the economy turned a few years back and unemployment skyrocketed. Drug use, which was already a problem in the community, became out of control and those who had been living paycheck to paycheck now found themselves living on the streets. In 2005, when the economy was at its lowest, Miami Dade experienced their highest level of homeless people ever recorded, 995 (Miami Coalition for the Homeless, 2010). A non-profit organization, the Miami Coalition for the Homeless has since helped that number go down by sheltering homeless Miami citizens, but while all they do is great, it is a band-aid for the problem, not a solution.

The Health of the Citizens in Miami-Dade County

Although the homeless rates have declined in Miami Dade County, the community has far from bounced back from the economic fall of 2005, and the effects of the financial disaster aren’t just showing in the pocket books of the citizens of the community, it is also showing in their health. People who make less money or who are forced to work long hours in order to make ends meet often make choices that compromise their health.

Fast food, drugs, alcohol, stress, soda, caffeine, cigarettes and lack of exercise are all things that can be associated with a busy, hectic lifestyle and they are also all things that can negatively impact one’s health. When someone is working 80 hours a week in order to put food on the table, it can be very difficult to find time to go to the gym. A single mother with kids who is trying to pay the bills may know that fast food is not the healthiest choice but may have no other option. In Miami Dade people have felt the need to sacrifice their health in order to survive in another area of their lives. This is a serious problem.

As Heroin Addicts Across Florida Recover, Miami Dade Sees No Improvement

Can Miami-Dade Be Fixed?

Losing a job shouldn’t mean losing the ability to stay healthy or keep one’s family healthy, but unfortunately in America those two seem to go hand in hand, and in Miami Dade County, poor health is out of control, obesity is an epidemic and contractible illnesses run rampant. The city is a mess due to a lack of education on the public sector’s side as well as on the community’s side. Not only does the government owe the people a better understanding of what they are putting in their body, the harm they are doing to themselves by overworking themselves, not exercising and not dealing with stress, but the community needs to take responsibility for their own actions and their own choices.

If the facts show that Miami Dade is a struggling community economically, they should be taught how to deal and cope with that type of financial situation in a way that does not compromise their health. There are healthy alternatives out there. Yes, the Miami Coalition for the Homeless does wonders to get the people off the streets, but what then? The citizens need to be educated on how to bounce back from an economic downturn and not let it impact their health.

Solutions for Miami-Dade

What do you think Miami-Dade should do to solve their problems?

  •  I don’t think their is a solution
  •  Educate the public more
  •  Provide more resources for those who need them
  •  Increase the police presence
  •  Nothing, they are doing enough
  •  Other (Feel free to leave your opinion in the comment section!)

The Miami-Dade Action Network

One bright spot for the citizens of Miami Dade County regarding their health care is the Miami Dade Action Network. “The Miami-Dade Health Action Network is a multi-sector cross collaborative, which includes over 2,000 interested Community Partners, guided by a Steering Committee, serving as the neutral convening platform to address issues regarding the promotion of an integrated safety-net system and access to health care in Miami-Dade County. (Miami Health Communities Institute)”

Although Miami Dade has made some efforts to help the growing number of sick and suffering citizens in the community, the health of the people in Miami Dade County continues to be an issue. Finding new and innovative ways to teach and educate the public, as well as treat and help the lower income families is a big challenge, but will greatly benefit not only Miami Dade, but much of the United States.


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