Health programs

Health programs 2024-03-14T15:34:02-04:00

To help improve the health and wellness of individuals in Miami-Dade County, we fund 41 programs that promote access to health care, healthy lifestyles for children and healthy older adults.

Belafonte Tacolcy  

Henderson Baby Closet: Henderson’s Baby Closet helps low-income families, and those experiencing hardships, with essential baby items to safely and adequately care for their children. The program provides a unique opportunity to earn coupons, which can be redeemed for clothing, a car seat and baby supplies. Parents receive coupons for learning about nutrition and parenting, keeping prenatal and child appointments, childbirth classes and keeping their children’s immunizations up to date. Parents can also earn coupons by continuing their education. Funding: $48,000 

Care Resource

Project ACT – Access to Care through Testing: Provides mobile units that reach people with preventive screenings for HIV, STDs, heart health and more as well as counseling, referrals and linkages to a neighborhood health center. Funding: $80,000 

Catholic Charities – Services for the Elderly

Nutrition and Social Support: Provides congregate meals, educational workshops, and social and recreational activities to low-income, older adults. Funding: $70,000 

Children’s Bereavement Center 

Bereavement Peer Support Groups: Provides free-of-charge bereavement peer support groups year-round for children, teens and adults at six locations throughout Miami-Dade. The program is designed to help participants heal and move forward with their lives after a significant death. Funding: $35,000 

Children’s Home Society of South Florida 

Healthy Families Miami-Dade: Provides intensive home visitations for at-risk families while the mother is pregnant and following the birth of the baby to ensure the health and safety of the child as well as to connect the family with other community resources. Funding: $50,000 

Citrus Health Network

Assessment and Emergency Services: Receives people on a 24-hour basis who are mentally ill and experiencing a crisis in order to provide an evaluation and triage to the appropriate level of mental health treatment. Funding: $93,970 

Coconut Grove Cares 

Thriving Kids & Families: Provides comprehensive & coordinated activities over 42 wks (afterschool & summer program), therapeutic resources, assessment (when needed), parent/school engagement/education & well-trained staff will work together to elevate students & families. Funding: $35,000 

Common Threads

Healthy Cooking & Nutrition Education for Underserved Children & Families: Provides healthy cooking and nutrition education programs for children, their families and their teachers at six schools in underserved Miami communities. Funding: $60,000

Community Smiles

Oral & Dental Care for the Uninsured: Provides oral health education and dental care for low-income and uninsured families. Funding: $70,000

Douglas Gardens Community Mental Health Center

Domestic Violence Counseling: Provides assessment, crisis intervention, safety planning and mental health treatment to victims of domestic violence. Funding: $45,000 

Easterseals South Florida

Caregiver Respite Support Services: Periodically relieves family caregivers of their 24-hour responsibilities by providing in-home care for homebound older adults with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairments. Funding: $121,000

Epilepsy Foundation of Florida

Medical Services Program: Provides specialized medical care for indigent clients with seizure disorders or epilepsy including initial testing, coordination of neurological evaluations, case management and emergency medications. Funding: $18,000 

Integrating Behavioral Health into Chronic Disease Prevention: Incorporates psychological evaluation, counseling and treatment for individuals with epilepsy. Funding: $40,000 

Family Resource Center of South Florida 

Healthy Foster Kids Program: Ensures children in foster care receive medical and dental services. 

Funding: $50,000
Parent Education Program: Provides parent education using an evidence-based model proven to lower the recurrence of child abuse and neglect. Funding: $50,000 

Feeding South Florida

School Pantry Program: Provide help to alleviate child hunger through the provision of food for children and their families. The SPP focuses on providing a steady supply of fresh produce, dairy, canned goods, and more. The SPP is one of the most efficient and effective ways to serve children. Funding: $30,000 

Friendship Circle of Miami

Lifeline: Provides a holistic model which offers the scope and level of care required to successfully address the needs of parents/caregivers of children with disabilities who are in crisis. The goal is to strengthen the family unit while empowering parents/caregivers to improve their quality of life.  Funding: $40,000 

Guitars Over Guns Organization Inc.

M-Power Trauma-Informed Care Program: The M-Power program brings mental health services directly in the Guitars Over Guns (GOGO) classroom, alongside arts-based mentorship programs taking place after school. M-Power addresses the emotional and mental stress associated with students’ growing up in poverty and surrounded by violence. It expands our current mentorship program model to provide trauma-informed social-emotional support to GOGO students and mentors through targeted social work interventions, training in trauma-informed care and a mental health support structure for both students and mentors of the GOGO program. Funding: $35,000

Haitian Neighborhood Center – Sant La 

Building a Culture of Health in the Haitian Community: Provides recruitment and one-on-one counseling to help Haitian immigrants enroll in and renew public health insurance for children and families (e.g. marketplace insurance, Medicaid, Kidcare, etc.) as well as a link to a medical home for preventive health care services. Funding: $47,000

Healthy Start Coalition

You’re Not Alone: Moving Beyond Depression: Provides screening to 200 pregnant and postnatal women, 16 years or older, to identify, treat and reduce maternal depression. Funding: $53,000

Hearing & Speech Center of Florida

Early Childhood Health Screening: Screens children ages 0 to 5 years in early care and education centers throughout Miami-Dade County for early detection of speech, language, hearing, vision or physical challenges. Funding: $58,000 

Therapy for All: Provides professional evaluations, referrals to specialists, and ongoing speech-language, occupational, or physical therapies for children and adults with disabling conditions who are uninsured or underinsured. Funding: $111,000

ICU Baby

NICU Mentor Support Program: Provides NICU families with various opportunities for psychosocial support to meet their individual needs. ICU baby Mentors are veteran NICU parents who connect with current NICU parents one-on-one. They also facilitate peer-to-peer support in a group setting, connecting current NICU families to support one another. ICU baby’s Mentor Support Program is volunteer based, designed to increase NICU families’ access to emotional support during their newborn’s NICU journey. Funding: $40,000 

Jewish Community Services

Children’s Counseling and Case Management: Targets children and teens with mental health issues to provide the counseling, case management, and links to basic services so they can remain together at home (avoiding placement in a residential treatment facility). Funding: $250,000 

Clinical Services: Provides individual, couples, family and group counseling to address a broad range of episodic and/or chronic mental health conditions for people of all ages. Funding: $250,000 

Healthy Aging for Older Adults: Provides individualized care management to address physical, psychological and social needs for vulnerable older adults ages 55 and older. Funding: $115,000 

Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers of Dade County

Elderly Meals Program: Provides congregate and home-delivered meals for low-income, older adults. Funding: $50,000 

Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center

Senior Wellness Program: Provides older adults ages 60 and above, with a wide variety of fitness classes, daily educational courses, intergenerational events, social and cultural activities, nutrition advice, and transportation services. Funding: $41,000 

Special Needs Program: Provides children with special needs, ages 6 to 18, with social and recreational programs based on each child’s ability, including one-on-one “shadows” needed for them to participate in mainstream recreation programs. Funding: $30,488 

M.U.J.E.R., Inc.  

One Stop Center for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence: Provides comprehensive services to individuals who are victims of abuse. MUJER is in South Miami-Dade County, as a certified rape crisis program. For the past 26 years, we offer our clients crisis intervention, a 24/7 sexual assault helpline, victim advocacy, case management, accompaniment to court and medical appointments, individual therapy and support groups, referrals to shelters, transitional housing, legal and immigration services, as well as Children’s Support Groups. Funding: $103,000 

National Alliance of Mental Illness Miami-Dade County (NAMI)  

Family & Peer Wellness Support Groups: The wellness support groups are free, peer-led, and open to anyone who identifies as an individual with a mental health condition or is the loved one of an individual with a mental health condition. Each group is led by two NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) certified volunteers who have a lived experienceParticipants gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others and important resources. The group encourages empathy and productive discussion; participants discover inner strength and empower themselves by sharing their own experiences. Funding: $40,000 

Open Door Health Center

Health Care Access Program: Provides primary health care to uninsured families in south Miami-Dade as well as coordination of volunteer medical specialists. Funding: $30,000 

Women’s Health Program:
Provides women’s health exams, coordination of donated mammograms, follow-up doctor visits, and referrals to other community resources for low-income uninsured women. Funding: $20,000

Overtown Youth Center

Healthy Lifestyles Program: Provides youth with healthy lifestyle options through a healthy living curriculum including culinary courses, organized sports, dance and active play, to better equip them to perform well in school and ultimately in life. Funding: $50,000

Southwest Social Services

Congregate Meals & Supporting Services: Provides congregate meals, transportation and supportive services, including nutrition education, recreation and health support to low-income older adults. Funding: $45,000 

SWSS Home Delivered Meals:
Provides home-delivered meals to low-income older adults. Funding: $46,000

SSJ Health Foundation Inc. 

St. John Bosco Clinic, Inc.: St. John Bosco Clinic (SJBC) is a free clinic offering primary care, chronic disease management and some specialty care to individuals who are uninsured and living in Miami-Dade County with incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. The clinic participates in the State of Florida Department of Health Volunteer Health Care Provider Program. Following a nurse practitioner model of care, the NPs see the majority of primary care patients and 25+ physicians volunteer their services to see clinic patients, mostly for specialty care. Funding: $50,000 

The Family Christian Association of America 

FCAA “Healthy Kids Miami”: Provides physical assessments, education and awareness activities to instill lifelong healthy eating and wellness habits in children. Funding: $100,000 

United HomeCare Services

Caring United: Home & Community Support for Older Adults and Family Caregivers: Provides in-home services for low-income, home-bound, older adults including home health aides to assist with bathing and dressing, homemaker services such as meals and laundry, case management and, in some cases, community supports such as home delivered meals, adult day care and more. Funding: $515,000

YMCA of South Florida 

YMCA Health Navigation: Connects vulnerable populations to clinical care (medical home) and non-clinical (community-based) services and resources to improve residents’ quality of life to educate, prevent, and support improved self-management. The program provides mobile health-related community-based services in communities with the highest inequities and health disparities. The objective is to restore the well-being of residents from distressed communities by empowering them to become active and resilient self-managers of their well-being journeys. Funding: $55,000

YWCA South Florida 

Family Wellness: With a specific emphasis on reaching uninsured and underinsured women from African American, Haitian, Caribbean and Hispanic communities, provides cancer awareness and education, linkages to diagnostic cancer services in our community, and subsidies for clinical breast examinations when needed. Funding: $50,000