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Studies suggest zip code of residence, household income and other social factors have a strong relationship to a person’s health status. To address gaps in access to, and quality of, health care services, Health Foundation of South Florida established Primary Care as a Priority Area in 2007. Access to primary care services help people live longer, healthier lives while reducing overall health care spending.

Among the programs and strategies we support to ensure more equitable access to health care services is the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Medical Homes enable patients to form sustained partnership with a team of health care providers as well as receive comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally appropriate services. These services may focus on diagnosis, treatment, and management of health concerns as well as on health promotion and disease prevention

Goal

Our goal is to increase the utilization, accessibility, and quality of comprehensive primary care for vulnerable and underserved populations in South Florida. We will partner with nonprofit and community-based organizations to:

  • Sustainably expand the primary care safety net
  • Expand access and utilization of primary care services
  • Increase the affordability of primary care services for uninsured or underinsured
  • Enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of services to prevent, detect and treat disease

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Demonstrate service area need or are in medically underserved areas
  • Reach a significant number of people
  • Show high likelihood of sustainability (i.e. service reimbursement)
  • Leverage external funding dollars
  • Focus on vulnerable populations (i.e. immigrants, uninsured)
  • Implement evidence-based programs