The mission of the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine is to lead the next generation of medical education and continually improve the quality of healthcare available to the South Florida community.
The FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine has adopted an innovative approach to health care and medical education that integrates tradition physician training with the goal of improving health care in medically underserved communities. Designed to serve as a model for developing culturally competent physicians, the College’s innovative medical education program, Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP, trains medical, nursing, social work, law, and other FIU students to work in teams and to partner effectively with clients in medically underserved households in the north Miami-Dade region. Since the inaugural College of Medicine of 2013 began household visits in Fall 2010, approximately 265 students have engaged 132 households, providing health assessments, education, counseling, legal services, and referrals.
Approximately 35 to 50% of the residents in the North Dade area served by Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP are uninsured with no identified medical home. As a result, many receive little or no primary care and preventive services. Over half of the households served in North Dade have a member with high blood pressure and over a third have a member with diabetes. The next phase of Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP will incorporate a free clinic model medical home, providing comprehensive services in homes and mobile medical unit that will address the critical need for enhanced primary and preventive care services in these underserved communities.
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