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We will accomplish our Mission through the Green Family Foundation Medicine and Society strand:

Through an interprofessional partnership with fellow FIU colleges and community partners, the Medicine and Society strand prepares physicians to assess and address the social factors that affect disease and health care outcomes of individuals and communities through educational programs.

Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™

The centerpiece of HWCOM curriculum is Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ (Health Education Learning Program), the community classroom that brings to life and is the practical application of the Medicine and Society strand. NeighborhoodHELP™ employs service-learning to provide student educational experiences in population-based medicine with a focus on the ethical foundations of medicine, the social determinants of health, and culturally competent primary care, while simultaneously meeting the needs of local communities and households. Working together with fellow FIU colleges, including College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, and College of Law, the program challenges students to address the complex medical, social, and ethical issues experienced by medically underserved families in South Florida. FIU medical, nursing, social work, and law students engage households that benefit from regular home visits, comprehensive health and social histories, and the development of a care plan to improve health and quality of life. Supervised by faculty physicians, students assess, respond to, and monitor the health of families. Addressing the critical need for enhanced primary and preventive care services in NeighborhoodHELP™ communities, the program has integrated health care services for household members. To overcome access barriers and connect people to the health system, health care services are provided through NeighborhoodHELP™ mobile medical unit at community sites, and, as needed, make referrals to other community providers.

Department of Humanities, Health, and Society

To accomplish our mission, we established an innovative organizational structure to implement the Medicine and Society strand courses through three integrated and interrelated divisions. HHS faculty members represent the fields of Medicine, Anthropology, Public Health, Ethics, and Humanities.The divisions are:

Medicine and Society leads the initial educational process that supports students’ community-based experiences, including household visits through NeighborhoodHELP™.

Policy and Community Development leads community initiatives for the department and is responsible for maintaining the community infrastructure and relationships that support NeighborhoodHELP™ household visits.

Family Medicine leads the clinical integration of the curriculum and is responsible for the supervision of students during NeighborhoodHELP™ household visits and at community-based primary care sites.