St. Vincent’s Creates New Housing Outreach Program for Senior Citizens
St. Vincent’s HealthCare, part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, has created a new program for senior citizens through its Mobile Health Outreach Ministry. The new program is made possible through a grant from The Jim Moran Foundation and provides free healthcare education and screenings to approximately 260 seniors in their own neighborhoods.
As part of the program, which began in July, St. Vincent’s mobile units visit two senior HUD housing projects twice monthly, San Jose Manor and Hurley Manor. On both dates, clinicians provide basic checkups and screenings. On one of those days, there are also health education and wellness seminars.
“This program is a wonderful extension of our already robust Mobile Health Outreach Ministry, which offers critically needed care to our neighbors who need it the most,” said Stella Mouzon, Mobile Health Outreach Ministry Manager. “Our goal is to help keep these seniors healthy so they can remain independent longer and continue to live life to the fullest.”
Funding for this new program comes from a two-year grant from The Jim Moran Foundation totaling nearly $150,000.
“Receiving this prestigious grant is important because it has opened the door for vulnerable, low-income senior citizens in our community to receive quality healthcare that will make them happier and healthier,” said Jane R. Lanier, CFRE, President of the St. Vincent’s Foundation.
The St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry began in 1991 and provides fully-staffed doctors-offices-on-wheels to areas in Northeast Florida which need acute and preventive services the most. In addition to this new senior outreach program, mobile health units also visit:
- People who work in the agricultural fields of Putnam and St. Johns counties, including migrant workers and their children
- The working poor, the homeless and their families in urban neighborhoods of Duval, Clay and Nassau counties
- Children and teens at 23 middle and high schools throughout Duval County
To learn more about the St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry, visit www.jaxhealth.com/MobileHealth.