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Our members know their states! Fun in the sun is Florida's style. Explore other great finds from the Sunshine State thanks to our Florida member, Abbie:

Name: Abbie Parmenter

City, State: Tallahassee, Fl.

Organization: State Office of Rural Health with the Florida Department of Health

How long have you lived in Florida? Why do you choose to live there?
I have lived in Florida for all of my life. I choose to live here because of the unbeatable climate, the diverse communities, and the abundance of outdoor activities. 

How is 3RNet impacting Florida?
Attracting healthcare providers to rural areas is not always easy. It can be difficult for small rural hospitals or health practices to know where to look for candidates or where to advertise their openings. Through 3RNet we are helping to address these issues and build the rural healthcare workforce. 

What are the best cultural events that happen in Florida?
Florida is home to Art Basel Miami Beach, Gasparilla Pirate Festival, Zora! Festival, Biketoberfest, St. Augustine Night of Lights, and many others

Why should a health professional choose Florida over surrounding states?

Florida is great place to live and work. There are so many opportunities and it really has something for everyone. 

What loan repayment programs does Florida have?
Florida has a variety of loan repayment programs through both public and private organizations. One program is through the National Health Service Corps which will repay student loans in exchange for a commitment to work in a health professional shortage area. 

How is the J-1 Visa Waiver program utilized in Florida?
The Conrad 30 Waiver program allows J-1 visa holders who are medical doctors to apply for a waiver of the 2-year residence requirement upon completion of the J-1 exchange visitor program. See section 214(l) of the Immigration Nationality Act (INA). The program addresses the shortage of qualified doctors in medically underserved areas. Applicants must obtain the sponsorship of a state health department when applying to the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In Florida, that sponsorship is administered through the Department of Health Primary Care Office (PCO).

Are healthcare professionals valued in Florida? 
In Florida 12% of the total employment is in healthcare which is the fourth highest healthcare workforce in the country. Florida has an aging population and the need for healthcare continues to grow. 

Why do people travel to Florida?
People travel the Florida for a variety of reasons. The most popular travel destinations are Miami and Orlando. Florida has beaches, outdoor activities, and of course Disney World. 

What sports teams does Florida have?
Baseball- Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays
Basketball - Miami Heat and Orlando Magic 
Football- Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Ice Hockey- Florida Panthers and Tamps bay Lightning
Soccer- Inter Miami CF and Orlando City SC

Florida is the home for Major League Baseball Spring training. It is also known for the player championship (golf), Daytona Speedway (auto racing), and the Miami Open (tennis). Florida has many Division 1 and 2 colleges who are very competitive in a variety of sports, most notably Florida State Seminoles, Miami Hurricanes, Florida Gators, UCF Knights, and South Florida Bulls.

What is your favorite local food?

Oranges, strawberries, Key lime pie, Cuban Sandwiches, Conch Fritters, seafood, Gator bites, and Publix subs!

What is Florida best known for?
Florida is best known for amusement parks, oranges and winter crops, Kennedy Space Center, coastal waters and for being a popular destination for retirees. 

What is the biggest misconception about Florida?
Florida Man. You know you’ve all seen the headlines. But really there are a few misconceptions about Florida. First you really don’t actually go to the beach all the time. Second, it's not always sunny. Especially during the summer, the weather can go from bright and sunny to dark and stormy in about 5 minutes. Third, some people think Florida is just a retirement state but there are many young people in Florida, and it is great place to be, especially with all the outdoor activities that are available. 

What are the biggest industries in Florida?
Tourism, agriculture, international trade, aerospace and aviation, life sciences, and financial services

How is the weather/climate in Florida?
The climate varies. Although compared with many other areas in the United States the climate is quite mild. North of Lake Okeechobee is a subtropical climate while south of the lake is a true tropical climate. Mean high temperatures for late July are primarily in the low 90s Fahrenheit. Mean low temperatures for early to mid-January range from the low 40s Fahrenheit in north Florida to above 60 °F from Miami on southward. I have seen snow in Tallahassee in the winter, luckily it is not a common occurrence. Hurricanes also pose a threat each year.

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