The Volunteer Services Program in Miami-Dade County is a cooperative effort initiated by the Miami-Dade County Health Department. The Dade County Medical Association, community programs, private organizations and a diverse group of individual health care professionals provide a support base for this program.
The volunteer program is extremely cost effective in increasing healthcare access. It extends state sovereign immunity protection to health care professionals and others who provide free health care services to the poor through contractual agreements with the state.
Corporate contracted providers and partners have joined forces with the Florida Department of Health to provide vital professional health care services that benefit children and families who would otherwise not receive the needed treatment and care. Student interns and residents also play a vital role in the provision of health services in public health.
Since the implementation of the program at Miami-Dade County Health Department, the number of volunteers has grown from 227 to 3,684, the number of patients’ visits has increased from 115 to over 78,000, representing a savings to the State of Florida of over $40 million. These statistics only scratch at the surface because they do not include the immense contributions made by community partners and their staffs.
For more information about the Volunteer Services Program or to sign-up as a volunteer, contact (786) 336-1280.
For a list of clinics that operate under the Volunteer Program, please click here.
To view the Volunteer Health Services Program Annual Report 2010-2011, please click here.