Health Foundation of South Florida increased its support to the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s cornerstone educational program, Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ (GFF NeighborhoodHELP™), by awarding a second grant for the program’s Mobile Health Center. The mobile clinic provides free, accessible primary care to household members in their own neighborhoods.
The $45,000 grant from Health Foundation will fund laboratory, medical, educational and program supplies to help deliver comprehensive health care services, including labs, immunizations, disease management and specialty referrals, to uninsured and underserved patients enrolled in the GFF NeighborhoodHELP™. The program launched the Mobile Health Center in 2012 supported by a $65,000 Health Foundation grant.
“These services are helping to improve health outcomes in communities with some of the highest health disparities in South Florida and the nation,” said Dr. Pedro “Joe” Greer, Jr., Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s assistant dean for academic affairs and chair of the department of Humanities, Health, and Society. “Health Foundation’s funding facilitates access to health care services for people who would otherwise probably go without. They don’t have insurance, a doctor or transportation. The mobile clinic takes care of all of that for them.”
GFF NeighborhoodHELP™ is a community-based, interdisciplinary health professions training program that provides health and social services for needy communities in north Miami-Dade County. FIU medical, social work, law, and nursing students work together in teams to learn from, collaborate with and care for medically underserved households.