Partnership for Neighborhood
Covid-19 Testing

Leadership Gadsden is a program sponsored by the Gadsden Community Health Council. The Health Council and Leadership Gadsden have partnered with the Gadsden County Health Department to site and present community and neighborhood testing. The Gadsden Community Health Council and Leadership Gadsden Class of 2019 – 2020 (LG) (President Julius Ervin) have partnered with the Gadsden County Department of Health (GCDOH) to develop free COVID-19 testing sites throughout Gadsden County as their class project.
POP UP testing sites have been identified in Chattahoochee, Gretna, Greensboro Havana, and the community of St. John’s.  Leadership Gadsden and the Health Council will be responsible for test site identification, logistics, and community welcoming. No member of the Health Council nor LG Class be tasked with test-taking or test processing. That will be the responsibility of the Department of Health staff. Additionally, all Health Council and LG members participating will be issued PPE’s to wear during their voluntary service. If you are a member of the Health Council or a graduate of Leadership Gadsden, we extend to you the invitation to join us and help keep our community safe.  Please contact the Health council at (850) 627-1455 or by email at

Gadsden County Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

What Do We Know: The term Colorectal Cancer refers to cancer that develops in the colon or the rectum. Excluding skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both American men and women. Individuals at greater risk for developing Colorectal Cancer include adults over 50 years of age, those with a family history of Colorectal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease or Crohn’s Disease, and those with lifestyle factors such as physical inactivity, overweight or obesity, or tobacco use.

From 2015-2017 the probability of occurrence was 64 per 100,000 population. This count reflected an increase from 2015 where the count was 16 per 100,000 population. Both the years 2016 and 2017 had a consistent rate of 24 per 100,000 population.


From 2016-2018, 23 persons died from colorectal cancer in Gadsden County. There was a total of 8 colorectal cancer deaths in 2018. This was consistent with the previous 8 deaths reported in 2017.


From 2016-2018, the age-adjusted death rate was 12.6 per 100,000 population, which was lower than the statewide age-adjusted death rate of 13.5 per 100,000.

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