How A Florida Medical School Cares For Communities In Need

How A Florida Medical School Cares For Communities In Need

If it’s a Monday, you can usually find Dr. David Brown parked next to a lake in Miami, spending the day inside a 36-foot-long RV. He’s not on vacation.

Brown is chief of family medicine at Florida International University’s medical school. The RV is the school’s mobile health clinic.

Every Monday it’s parked at the Royal Country Mobile Home Park in northwest Miami-Dade County. “It’s a beautiful place right here,” he says. “But this is not a wealthy community.”

Brown helps direct FIU’s Neighborhood HELP program. It’s part of the school’s curriculum that connects medical students with families in neighborhoods where medical care is scarce.

Students visit families in their homes where they conduct examinations and provide basic care. But some things are better done in a clinic. So the medical school bought its own RV. “We’re able to bring free basic primary care to our households relatively close to their community,” Brown says.

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