With support from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Baptist Health will collaborate with other community-based partners to open pediatric health clinics in three high-need neighborhoods in Duval County as part of a long-term initiative to eliminate barriers to health care for children in Northeast Florida.
The trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund awarded $104,000 to Baptist Health to support the project. The grant was among 12 awards, valued at $695,000, made by the trustees in their fall meeting.
In areas of Northeast Florida, there is an alarming shortage of primary, behavioral health and dental care for children and adolescents. Wolfson Children’s Hospital data indicates that children in the north side and west side of Duval County are coming to the emergency room and/or being hospitalized for conditions that can effectively be managed in a primary care office. Duval County Public Schools has one nurse for every 5,255 students – a ratio seven times smaller than that recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
To improve access to care, Baptist Health/Wolfson Children’s Hospital will partner with many organizations including a federally qualified health center to ensure the long-term financial stability of the clinics. Other potential partners also include Duval County Public Schools, the Department of Health and community mental health providers.
The clinics are anticipated to open in early 2017.