Pediatric Mobile Clinic Wins Health Foundation Grant
The Pediatric Mobile Clinic in the Department of Pediatrics at the Miller School has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Health Foundation of South Florida. The grant will be used to provide access to quality health care for Miami-Dade County children, from birth to age 21, who are either uninsured or underinsured – free of charge.
A 47-foot bus, the traveling clinic is fully equipped with three exam rooms, a laboratory/treatment area and a pharmacy. This year, clinic staff expect to have more than 2,500 medical visits/encounters with children, 97 percent of whom are uninsured and 13 percent who have special needs.
“The Pediatric Mobile Clinic provides services for those who don’t have regular access to basic health care and it connects children and their parents to other services in the community,” said Steven Lipshultz, M.D., professor and chairman of pediatrics and associate executive dean for child health at the Miller School. “It is a very important community service, and grant support from organizations such as the Health Foundation of South Florida is essential to its continued role in our community.”
Miami-Dade County has the highest percentage of uninsured and underinsured residents in Florida and among the highest in the nation. Thirty percent of the children living in Miami-Dade County are below the poverty level.
“The mobile clinic medical team provides excellent care to high-risk populations such as chronically ill pediatric patients, foster children, uninsured working families, migrant families and recent immigrants,” said Lisa Gwynn, D.O., assistant professor of clinical pediatrics and medical director of the Pediatric Mobile Clinic. “For many of our patients, we are their only opportunity to receive medical care and that’s why this financial support from the foundation is so crucial.”