United Health Foundation today announced $1 million in renewed funding to help the Jefferson Reaves, Sr. Health Center improve health care quality and access in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood.
The gift renewal – which marks a total of $8,975,000 committed since 2004 – is provided through the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and is aimed at addressing some of the area’s most serious health issues, including diabetes and related risk factors like obesity, inadequate physical activity and unhealthy dietary behaviors.
The community served by the Jefferson Reaves, Sr. Health Center is disproportionately affected by type 2 diabetes and at high risk for complications associated with the disease, including heart disease, stroke, blindness, loss of limbs and death. The funding helps the center to expand its primary care capacity and provide patients with a comprehensive, team-based approach to chronic disease management.
“We’re helping patients in this high-risk community receive the comprehensive medical care, knowledge and mental health services they need to improve diabetes outcomes and potentially improve quality of life for themselves and their families,” said John G. Ryan, Dr.P.H., director of the United Health Foundation-funded program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “Thanks to support from United Health Foundation, we can continue to do what is clearly making a difference for patients: improving outcomes, preventing hospitalizations and helping patients to be engaged in self-managing their disease.”
Services supported by the funding include: diabetes clinical management; medical nutrition therapy; physical activity; diabetes education; mental health support; depression management; social services and more. These services are delivered in a patient-centered manner that is based on Family Medicine and public health models, and the goal is to build and sustain strong relationships between care providers and patients, and to help patients learn how to self-manage their health.