Primary care is the health care services that address a majority of personal health needs, provided by an appropriately trained member of the health care workforce. Ideally, primary care is delivered at a “medical home”, a health care setting where an individual has a sustained partnership with a health care provider as well as access to comprehensive, patient-centered, 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.
Our goal is to increase the utilization, accessibility, and quality of comprehensive primary care for vulnerable and underserved populations in South Florida. Since 2008, we have partnered with nonprofit and community-based organizations to make sure primary care services are:
- Readily available in the community
- Regularly accessed by community members
- Affordable for low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals
- Effective in prevention, detecting and treating health conditions
Strategies and Focal Points
Over the next five years (2013-2018), Health Foundation of South Florida will work in the Primary Care Priority Area by:
- Supporting the sustainable expansion of the primary care safety net, with a focus on:
The establishment of new access points or modifications to existing sites to increase the number of patients receiving primary care services
- Ensuring that vulnerable and underserved individuals appropriately access and utilize primary care services offered within the region’s primary care safety net, focus on:
Outreach and education efforts to assist newly insured and uninsured individuals establish and maintain a medical home within the safety net
- Ensuring that primary care services offered within the region’s primary care safety net are affordable, with a focus on:
Efforts to maximize the positive impact of the Affordable Care Act and Florida state legislation on the health care system in Florida
Outreach, education, screening, enrollment, renewal and retention efforts for uninsured individuals who are eligible for health insurance coverage
- Ensuring that primary care services offered within the region’s primary care safety net are effective, with a focus on:
Capacity building for primary care safety net providers to improve their ability to serve as medical homes
Implementation of evidence based chronic disease management programs
Implementation of evidence based disease prevention programs
Although we welcome grant proposals for projects that align with a strategy within the Primary Care Priority Area, projects that address a focal point will take precedence over those that do not.
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