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7.05.2011

UM Pediatric Mobile Clinic Receives Miami Foundation Grant

The Pediatric Mobile Clinic at the Miller School’s Department of Pediatrics has been awarded a $15,000 grant from The Miami Foundation. The grant will assist the mobile clinic in its mission of providing free pediatric care to uninsured and underinsured children in Miami-Dade County.

The mobile clinic, a 47-foot traveling health facility equipped with three exam rooms, a laboratory/treatment area and a pharmacy, effectively provides children from birth to 21 years old access to quality health care in Miami’s most at-risk communities.

“Miami-Dade County has the highest percentage of uninsured and underinsured residents in Florida and is among the highest in the nation, with 30 percent of the children living below the poverty level,” said Lisa Gwynn, D.O., medical director of the Pediatric Mobile Clinic. “Unfortunately, in spite of recent national and local efforts to insure more children, there is a steady increase in demand for health care services. The uncertain state of the economy continues to play a role in our community as more working-class families must survive without access to health care.”

The Pediatric Mobile Clinic team is expected to provide for more than 2,500 medical visits this fiscal year – 97 percent of them by uninsured children and 13 percent by those with special needs.

“The Pediatric Mobile Clinic provides services to 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., chair of pediatrics and associate executive dean for child health at the Miller School. “The mobile clinic offers a very important community service and partnering with organizations such as The Miami Foundation is essential to its continued role in our community.”

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