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UHealth is committed to supporting the community in which we work. To best serve the people of Miami and South Florida, UHealth actively seeks partnerships with educational, non-profit, governmental, and medical organizations that serve our region. To achieve this goal, UHealth/Miller extends a multitude of services to our many neighbors, ranging from outstanding clinical care to research trials to community health fairs to mobile vans.

Supporting Our Community

On an annual basis, UHealth/Miller supports the United Way, a significant community agency that assists the elderly, responds to emergency and basic needs, and encourages civic involvement. In 2007, UHealth/Miller raised nearly $500,000 to support the important work of the United Way.

UHealth/Miller faculty and staff also support blood drives, provide hurricane and disaster relief, and support the annual efforts of the Humane Society, American Heart Association, and the ING Marathon.

Through mobile patient care vans which deliver pediatric, ophthalmic, and dental services, UHealth/Miller brings health care to those who need assistance in their communities.

Promoting Good Health in Our Public Schools

In 2008, the Miller School adopted Allapattah Middle School, a school of 650 students located near the medical campus. Through special programs and presentations, members of the UHealth/Miller family are providing support and information on careers and healthy living for the students and their families. We also are invested in the students’ academic growth and are providing resources to encourage achievement and reward success.

In addition to the Allapattah program, UHealth/Miller received the support of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation to develop and implement a comprehensive school-based health program within the Miami-Dade County Public School system. This initiative is designed to provide students with on-site access to comprehensive primary care, nursing, and mental health services, including prevention/wellness education, from elementary through high school.

Department of Community Service (DOCS)

Along with our strong community presence in patient care, UHealth/Miller faculty and students extend services to the poor, indigent, and disenfranchised. To reach those who need care the most, DOCS (www.umdocs.org) was created as a student-run, non-profit, and it holds free clinics and several annual health fairs in various Florida communities. DOCS was recognized for its outstanding contribution to the community when it was named as a Health Care Hero by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce in 2007.

Partnering with the Forum on Women’s Health

The Forum on Women’s Health is comprised of 150 women in South Florida who are dedicated to enhancing the health and well being of all women, their families, and those in their community through collaboration with the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Founded in 2006, the Forum presents cutting edge information specific to women’s medical concerns to its members, provides access to physician/scientists at the Miller School of Medicine to its members and their families, and facilitates community outreach and provides financial support for the medically underserved in the South Florida Community.

Reducing Cancer Disparities and Promoting Health Equity

The Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity (JWI) was established in 2013 to develop and support Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s scientific and programmatic efforts to reduce cancer disparities through research, community engagement and community health worker training.

Regional Expansion

UHealth/Miller’s presence extends beyond Miami. In Palm Beach county, where rapid population growth is expected to create a shortage of 356 physicians by 2011, UHealth/Miller has expanded its academic outreach and training. Through the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine four-year medical school program at FAU’s campus in Boca Raton, UMMSM/FAU expects to enroll 256 medical students in the next three years.

Miller/FAU at JFK Hospital and the VA has started Palm Beach county’s first M.D. residency program. A select group of residents will train in internal medicine at both JFK Medical Center and the West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Miami Health District

To create a clear identity and support the area surrounding UHealth/Miller, the University of Miami partnered with representatives of governmental organizations, educational institutions, and community associations to create the Miami Health District. With a new identity and signature name, the Miami Health District is transforming the neighborhoods around the medical campus into an appealing place to live, work, shop, and receive medical care.

Friends and Partners

Philanthropic groups such as the Pap Corps and Friends for Life are comprised of community friends who have a passionate belief in our life-saving work. These friends and donors serve as goodwill ambassadors and represent our mission in the community. They also provide invaluable support to all those who benefit from UHealth/Miller’s patient care, research, education, and community service.

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