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B-CU Dean, Dr. Deanna Wathington, Contributes to the First Federally Qualified Health Center in Daytona Beach


Daytona Beach will soon receive its first Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to service the community. B-CU’s Dr. Deanna Wathington, Dean of the Petrock College of Health Sciences, is one of the founding members of the coalition who worked to bring a center to this community. Azalea Health, the coalition’s community health service partner, received a federal New Access Point grant (NAP), which resulted in the ability to establish the health center. According to, “NAP grants provide opportunity to improve the health of the Nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by increasing access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services.” “As collaborators, it is important that we provide quality care for those who live in the midtown area and surrounding community,” said Dr. Wathington

B-CU looks forward to a continuing partnership through student internships and training.  “This is a wonderful opportunity and accomplishment as students will be able to learn and give back to the local community where many of them reside while in school,” Wathington added. Overtime, the coalition has grown beyond B-CU and Halifax, and now contains Steward-Marchman Act, the Florida Department of Health- Volusia County, Florida Hospital, the Daytona Beach City Commission, and Azalea Health, as mentioned previously.

For more information, contact: Dr. Deanna Wathington, Executive Dean and Professor of the Petrock College of Health Sciences, 386-481-2385 or

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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