2001 population is 2,283,710. Twenty-nine percent of the population is below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. The major city is Miami.
Licensed Health Care Professionals:
According to the Florida Department of Health, in the year 2001 there were 6,515 medical doctors, 274 osteopathic physicians, 1,349 dentists, and 17,782 nurses actively licensed to practice in Miami-Dade County.
Miami-Dade County Volunteer Efforts:
The Volunteer Health Services Program Program in Miami-Dade County is a cooperative effort initiated by the Miami-Dade County Health Department/Volunteer Program and supported by the Dade County Medical Association, as well as a variety of community programs, private organizations, and a diverse group of individual health care professionals.
Dade County Dental Research Clinic provides dental services to indigent Floridians. Over 162 dentists volunteer their time and expertise at the clinic, making it the largest community-based organization of its kind in the country. There are 20 clinic sections, ranging from pediatric dentistry to advanced implantology. Each section schedules approximately 20 patients per day, with provisions made for an additional two or three emergency visits.
The Health Foundation of South Florida, a not-for-profit charity organization, was formed in early 1993. Formerly known as the Cedars Foundation, the current foundation has been reorganized into a broader based organization with a mission to serve the entire community. Current programs in association with the Volunteer Health Services Program include:
Children's Medical Services continue to utilize volunteers and interns to provide quality cost-effective services to their clients. All volunteers are registered with the health department's volunteer program.
Genesis is a licensed, non-profit organization that welcomes people living with AIDS in need of comprehensive services in a residential facility while affirming their dignity as human beings. Among the many services provided by Genesis' staff and volunteers are: shelter, medical care, nutritional care, counseling, social services, and recreational activities.
Kiwanis Medical Center opened its doors on August 2, 1999. The mission of this clinic is to provide access to health care services to the uninsured population of Miami-Dade County. The services offered include: family practice, pediatrics, women's health, and podiatric care.
Miami-Dade County Health Department makes extensive use of both professional and non-professional volunteers to provide quality cost-effective services to their clients. In addition, with the assistance of the Dade County School Board, the Dade County Medical Association, private organizations, and the Miami-Dade County Health Department's School Health Program, school health services have been offered in different schools around the county. Miami-Dade County Health Department utilizes the assistance of medical students, interns, and residents from various universities. This year, about 212 students and interns, as well as 11 medical residents participated in the program. Additionally, the department estimates they have received over $10,069,704 in pro-bono services and contributions. These volunteers and interns are registered with the health department's volunteer program.
Mount Sinai Medical Center is the largest, private, not-for-profit teaching hospital in South Florida. Mount Sinai has described its mission as a provider of quality patient care, progressive education, and probing research. They participate in undergraduate medical education through an affiliation with the University of Miami School of Medicine and the Nova-Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. The medical center has an extensive medical education program that trains 160 residents and fellows in 17 different disciplines. Residents participate in a variety of conferences and courses and may attend continuing education seminars held regularly for the attending staff. Some Mount Sinai residents provide medical care at Miami Hope Homeless Free Clinic.
The Miami-Dade Fire Department is currently associated with the Miami-Dade County Health Department by offering their staff's assistance with special events such as "Back to School" Immunization.
Mercy Mission Services - With a historical foundation of outreach to the poor, the uninsured, the homeless, and the undocumented residents, Mercy Health System and the Camillus Health Concern have provided free health care to individuals collectively for more than four decades. Reach Out Miami-Health Spectrum is a joint effort to dramatically increase the number of physicians willing to care for the most medically underserved in Miami-Dade County by making preventive, primary, and specialty care more accessible. With a committed team of volunteer professionals, Mercy Mission Services is delivering free health care services to patients through private practice physicians in their offices and at established free clinic sites such as Camillus Health Concern, St. John Bosco Clinic, and Mercy Mobile Medical Services. The amount listed for value of services in this report does not reflect medications, surgeries, or ancillary services provided to the community that Mercy Hospital serves.
Good News Care Center - Hosted by the First Baptist Church of Florida City, the Good News Care Center is a collaborative project that provides free comprehensive medical care to the uninsured poor, five days a week, that includes two-night shifts and Saturday mornings. The small staff is able to do so with tremendous volunteer, student, and community participation. Administered and led by the Miami Baptist Association, medical and health professional student services are provided in conjunction with the Dade County Area Health Education Center, University of Miami School of Nursing, and Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences. Baptist Hospital, the largest source of volunteer physicians and nurses, allocates over $1,000,000 yearly for provision of free services to Good News patients including hospitalization, radiology, laboratory, and pharmacy.
North Dade Medical Clinic, Inc., is a non-profit organization that has identified and addressed the unmet health care needs of uninsured, low-income and no-income people in the areas of Miami-Dade County and its surrounding northern areas. The clinic was established in June 1999, providing free primary health care services, health education, and counseling.
Well Family Centers, Inc., is a clinic that provides free primary care and pediatric services. The clinic is open twice a week.
The Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers, Inc., were founded in 1972 to care for the nutritional and recreational needs of elderly persons living in Miami-Dade County. With 17 comprehensive senior and intergenerational centers located throughout Miami-Dade County, Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers, Inc., initiated Pro-Salud (For-Health) Geriatric Primary Health Care Clinic and made it an integral part of all the services offered at all the centers. The clinic offers primary care services, health promotion education, medical attention for chronic health conditions, assistance in accessing specialized health services, support, and information and guidance services to all participants and their families. Pro-Salud also has the use of a medivan, equipped as a clinic, allowing physicians and nurses to visit outlying centers and elderly participants who are unable to access preventive health services any other way. Pro-Salud is currently affiliated with the Miami-Dade County Health Department through their volunteer program.
Center for Haitian Studies health clinic opened in April 1997 to provide primary care services to eligible clients in the Little Haiti area.
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