HANDS is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to increasing access to health care for low income residents. HANDS grew from a few individuals trying to help people find services into a county wide network of health providers, agencies, and volunteers dedicated to increasing health care access for low income residents. HANDS has been incorporated since October 28, 2008 and has over 30 community partners including the three local hospitals, three local medical societies, SLCHD, and Florida Community Health Center (FCHC).
The HANDS Primary Care Clinic opened on October 25, 2010 and Adult Dental Clinic opened on March 16, 2012. HANDS offers resources to those least likely to receive regular health care -- uninsured adults age 19 to 64. Rather than simply treating acute symptoms, HANDS seeks to empower patients to participate in their health management. Our goal is to educate clients on how to make good health care choices, find health resources, and recognize health problems before they become critical.
The HANDS Clinic follows the national Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) model of providing quality health care services in free clinics operated primarily by volunteer medical professionals. The HANDS Clinic has been admitted into the national VIM Alliance and will have access to training and on-site consultation offered by VIM. The VIM Alliance is a national network of community-based free clinics developed with assistance from the Volunteers in Medicine National Office.
The HANDS Network acts as a clearinghouse to connect low-income, uninsured people with needed services. The new HANDS Clinic will provide primary health care and patient navigation to adults age 18 to 64 with household incomes of 200% of Federal Poverty Level or less. HANDS has an active Board of Directors that has been instrumental in seeking grants, financial and in-kind donations, and planning fundraising events.
HANDS...Community supported...Volunteer driven...Access to Healthcare...