UHA has developed innovative programs to bolster community awareness and, ultimately, foster greater health equity.
Its Food Pharmacy offers UF Health Total Care Clinic – Jacksonville patients, who meet certain requirements, access to foods tailored to their health needs. Additionally, patients will have the opportunity to attend cooking and nutrition classes.
However, other factors in addition to nutrition can affect health, including unstable living conditions, finances and transportation. The alliance is launching a Social Services Hub to address these factors.
The hub is a one-stop shop for patients who need support locating housing, finding jobs, earning a GED and much more. The space is designed to host patient/provider interactions through virtual or in-person meetings. The providers are agencies that offer resources specifically aligned with a patient’s needs. On-site staff will serve in concierge-type roles to ensure each patient is guided toward their own success.
The Food Pharmacy and Social Services Hub will open June 4 with a special ribbon-cutting event.
“Both initiatives have game-changing potential. We can’t simply hand off our patients and hope they make it through the maze of resources and jargon,” Knight said. “If we are going to eliminate health disparities, we must be intimately involved in understanding and facilitating success.”