UF HealthStreet is a statewide community engagement program that aims to improve community health by bridging gaps in health care and health research. Community health workers assess health concerns, conditions and research perceptions of local residents. They provide referrals for medical and social services and opportunities to participate in health research relevant to people’s health concerns and conditions.
PulsePoint Smartphone App
UF Health officials partnered with Alachua County and city of Gainesville emergency first responders to make the PulsePoint smartphone app available across Alachua County. PulsePoint, funded by the UF College of Medicine’s department of anesthesiology, alerts participating citizens on their smartphones when a person experiences a cardiac arrest nearby, allowing them to help by delivering hands-only chest compressions until emergency personnel arrive. Use of the app is expected to help double the county’s survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests thanks to lifesaving bystander CPR.
UF Health ShandsCair offers multiple training and education opportunities to emergency medical personnel throughout the year. Two popular conferences include Advances in Critical Care and Caring for Critical Kids. Topics range from the role of EMS in mass disasters and end-of-life care to pediatric trauma and pediatric respiratory emergencies. In addition, ShandsCair also provides one-day training activities, such as NICU aircraft training, landing zone safety classes and trauma life support classes. ShandsCair also participates in many community events to educate citizens about the role of emergency transport.
UF Health Shands is accredited by The Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Comprehensive Stroke Centers are hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. This level of certification recognizes the significant differences in resources, staff and training that are necessary for the treatment of complex stroke cases and are the centers best equipped to provide specialized care that can lead to better patient outcomes. As part of their accreditation, the faculty and staff of the UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center take every opportunity to educate the community on the signs and symptoms of a stroke. This outreach includes community events, health fairs and seminars.
Equal Access Clinic Network
The Equal Access Clinic Network, established by the UF College of Medicine and staffed by faculty and student volunteers from several of our health-related colleges, offers free care and other services for the medically underserved in Gainesville, including primary care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and dental care.
UF College of Medicine Mobile Outreach Clinic
The UF College of Medicine Mobile Outreach Clinic delivers care to the medically underserved in low-income neighborhoods and rural areas in and around Alachua County. A large bus containing two exam rooms, a laboratory and a waiting area is staffed by a registered nurse and volunteer physicians, physician assistants, residents and medical students who screen, refer and provide case management five days a week throughout the community.
Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program
This program provides education and training to veterinary professionals, students and animal shelters to enhance the medical and behavioral health of shelter animals, to increase shelter lifesaving and to promote public health.