Humanities, Health, and Society (HHS) is a clinically integrated interprofessional academic department at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM).
We aim to:
- Graduate clinically skilled physicians who understand and include non-biological factors in the diagnosis and treatment of disease
- Transform primary care and health care delivery through a household-centered approach to health
- Improve the health outcomes of local underserved populations.
We are committed to addressing the health and socioeconomic needs of households in local communities through the award winning Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program (NeighborhoodHELP).
The department’s core faculty provide services across a spectrum of inpatient, outpatient, and neighborhood settings in South Florida, including FIU Health, local hospitals, mobile health centers, and households.
The department’s organizational structure promotes teamwork to prepare physicians to practice in the 21st century with five interrelated divisions.
HHS supports the HWCOM social accountability mission with educational programs for learners of all ages, including premedical pipeline programs, interprofessional student education, residency training, and faculty development.
Non-biological factors have the most important impacts on health and on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and experience of disease. The impact of non-biologic factors on health are a primary focus of the Medicine and Society strand of the HWCOM curriculum.
Medicine and Society
The Medicine and Society curriculum highlights ethics, cultural understanding, interprofessional teamwork, and the social determinants of health to prepare learners to be socially accountable, think ethically and critically, and incorporate the non-biological factors in the care of patients and communities.
Medicine and Society includes integrated classroom, clinical, and household-based interprofessional activities to educate and train future health professionals. An innovative curricular feature of Medicine and Society is NeighborhoodHELP™, where learners receive hands-on experience caring for and delivering services to underserved households.
The Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program (NeighborhoodHELP™) is the platform for HWCOM’s community-engaged mission emphasizing social accountability and interprofessional household-centered care.
Through this novel program, medical students are immersed in the community as members of interprofessional teams, which include nursing and social work students, with education and law students available per each household’s identified needs. During household visits —which continue over three years—students take comprehensive patient and household histories, develop care plans to improve the health and quality of life of household members.NeighborhoodHELP™ mobile health centers provide a broad range of integrated primary, preventive, and behavioral health services, and chronic disease management. The Linda Fenner 3D Mobile Mammography Center provides breast health screenings for underserved women throughout Miami-Dade County.
Unique to NeighborhoodHELP™ is a long-term engagement model that builds mutual trust with the target communities. An Outreach Team from the Division of Research, Policy, and Community Development is the vehicle by which NeighborhoodHELP™ establishes and maintains relationships with the neighborhoods and households served. Outreach workers serve as FIU ambassadors to the community and are the first point of contact with each neighborhood and household. Outreach workers recruit households for the program, facilitate communication between households and student teams, and broker services for the households through an extended network of community organizations.
Humanities, Health, and Society Innovations
We prepare future physicians to collaborate in interprofessional teams to identify and help manage the social determinants of health that can improve health outcomes. Through NeighborhoodHELP™, we leverage an extended network of academic and community partnerships to address the health and socioeconomic needs of the community.
We are working to demonstrate the impact of addressing the social determinants of health as an integral component of health care delivery. In recognition of the impact that social determinants of health have at the household level, we describe our social determinants of health-informed approach to care as “household-centered care.” This approach addresses and manages the social determinants that impact the health of the members of a household.
HWCOM has been recognized for the department’s innovative approach and programs. Examples are as follows:
- Institute of Medicine Report — NeighborhoodHELP is featured in the Institute of Medicine Report: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. A framework for educating health professionals to address the social determinants of health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2016.
- Healthy People 2020 — NeighborhoodHELP was recognized on the Healthy People 2020 national website as an example of a local program for stories in Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? NeighborhoodHELP™ Engages Underserved Communities to Increase Health Care Access. Healthy People In Action. Stories From the Field.
- Aspire-to-Excellence — The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s innovative curriculum was selected by the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) as one of four recipients of the ASPIRE-to-Excellence Award in Social Responsibility. Specifically, highlighted including the longitudinal Medicine and Society strand, NeighborhoodHELP™, and the Panther Learning Communities were cited as key features related to social accountability.
- American Medical Association Accelerating Change Consortium — In November 2015, HWCOM was selected as one of 20 U.S. schools to join the Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium. Together with an original group of 11 schools created in 2013, this national initiative is working to reshape how future physicians are trained and improve health outcomes. As a consortium member, HWCOM shares the transformation strategies of NeighborhoodHELP™, including how the program integrates the social determinants of health and interprofessional practice in medical education and healthcare delivery.
- Association of American Medical Colleges Core EPA Pilot — HWCOM is one of ten schools participating in a pilot to develop curricula, assessments, and processes to entrust students to perform professional activities including interprofessional collaboration and informed consent.
- Sapphire Award — NeighborhoodHELP™ and its mobile health center services were selected as the only winner in the program category of the Florida Blue Foundation's prestigious Sapphire Awards in April 2014. The winning individuals, programs and organizations were selected from more than 100 nominees across the state. Winners were honored for excellence and innovation in nonprofit community health that resulted in a significant, positive impact on health-related outcomes for Florida's at-risk people and communities.
Greer, Pedro J., MD
Chair, Department of Humanities, Health and Society; Associate Dean [...]
Brown, David R., MD
Vice Chair, Division of Family & College of Medicine Community [...]
Alfonso, Bianca D
Alvarez Jr, Fernando
Anderson, Frederick W
Medical Director for the Department of Humanities, Health & Society; [...]
Aquino, Eric Brian
Patient Client Access Rep
Ashraf, Rahil U
Aziz, Muhammad Adnan
Baldeo, Olivia Kimberly
Manager Patient Client Access
Benitez, Sonia Odette
Chief Administrator Officer College of Medicine
Berkman, Aron Wayne
Director of Medical Oncology; Associate Dean of Graduate Medical [...]
Bhoite, Prasad Bhargav
Bisschops, Julia C
Brewster, Luther G
Chief of Policy and College of Medicine Community Development; [...]
Cabezas Vilaseco, Anais
Campos, Dorothy Lynn
Assistant Director of Finance
Castellanos, Natalie K
Senior Program Coordinator
Cherenfant, Myrtha JB
Chung, Katherine D
Contiguglia-Akcan M.D., M.P.H., Dorothy Justine
Cuellar, Marta Lucia
Founding Clerkship Director of Internal Medicine; and Associate Professor
Chaves, Paulo H. M., MD, PHd
Director, Benjamin Leon Jr Family Center for Geriatric Research & [...]
Desmarais, Nathaly Shoua, Psy.D.
Director, Medical Student Counseling and Wellness Center, Office of [...]
Dorbu, Joshua Isaiah
Engle, Bretton C
Fonseca, Gabriela R
Garba, Nana Aisha
NeighborhoodHelp Program Evaluator; and Assistant Professor
Gillis, Marin PhD, LPh
Professor & Chief Division of Ethics, Humanities, and the Arts (DEHA)
Gonzalez, Charles M
Gonzalez, Gabriella Del Rosario
Mobile Clinics Operations Manager
Grass, Kassandra Marie
Patient Client Access Rep
Co-Director of Clinical Skills; and Assistant Professor
Hartlieb, Kathryn Elizabeth Brogan
Hernandez, Mary Carmen
Holder, Cheryl L
Program Director of Panther College of Medicine communities; and [...]
Izquierdo Pretel, Guillermo
Jacobs, Viviana Alejandra
Patient Client Access Rep
Kiliddjian, Emmet Marie
Director of Academic Support Services
Krieger, Diane Rachel
Head of Endocrinology, Associate Professor
Lage, Onelia A
Chief of Faculty Development & Education; Assistant Strand Leader for [...]
Landa Galindez, Amalia Mercedes
Interim Chief of Medicine; Interim Clerkship Director for Internal [...]
Lefevre, Frank Vincent
Levy, Ralph Marl
Lopez, Natasha V.
Loughlin, Liana Perez
Maresma, Eduardo J
Martinez Elejalde, Jose M
Martinez, Dolly M
Martinez, Iveris Luz
Associate Director for Population and Health Aging; and Associate Professor
Martinez, Maria Teresa
Breast Health Navigator
Marty, Aileen Maria
Mirza, Mavara S
Medical Director for the Embrace Program; and Assistant Professor
Molina, Ileana C.
Manager Administrative Services
Morgan, Renee A.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Morgan, Vanessa Ayleen
Certified Medical Assistant
Moss, Ingrid Patrice
Muniz, Jose Manuel
Licensed Practical Nurse College of Medicine
Nowakowski, Lorraine Amorosi
Clinical Director Operations
Patient Client Access Rep
Pedoussaut, Maryse Anne
Pereiro, Silvia M
Senior Executive Assistant
PerezStable, Alina M
Director Academic Support Services
Raventos, Valeria De Los Angeles
Assistant Director Academic Support Services
Reid, Edward L
Rodriguez, Jessica A.
Senior Patient Client Access Rep
Samuels, Marquita Natasha
Sataur, Aneesa Rakia
Schneider, Gregory William
Stankiewicz, Dana Lynn
Steiner Brody, Shara
Stewart, Alicia Ann Patrice
Stumbar, Sarah E
Clerkship Director for Family Medicine; and Assistant Professor
Torres Viera, Carlos Gabriel
Torres, Adriana Del Pilar
Senior Referral Specialist
Tyrell, Tahirah A.
Vallejo, Jessica L.
Coordinator Administrative Services
Villalona Calero, Miguel A
von Harscher, Heidi M
Director of Medical Student Support Services; and Assistant Professor
Wells, Alan Lee
Community Engagement Physician (CEP) Course Director; and Assistant Professor
Green, Dollie Denise Florence
Associate Dean for Transformation and Integration and Assistant Professor
Paraskos, Lara M
Agudo, Michelle Vivian
Shah, Sheela Rajiv
Gomez Bendana, Heather Lissette