Nemours Children’s Specialty Care in Pensacola is embarking on a new strategic plan to better address the social determinants of health.
Nemours, who is in West Florida Hospital, celebrated 25 years in the Panhandle on Wednesday, along with a national name change to Nemours Children’s Health. Following the milestone, the organization plans to focus over the next five years on a renewed focus on improving children’s overall health through a better connection of resources to issues such as food insecurity and child abuse. among other factors.
Dr. Mary Mehta, chief pediatric cardiologist at Nemours, said Nemours will begin establishing partnerships with other nonprofits and local service providers. He said staff have already started working with organizations like Gulf Coast Kid’s House.
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“The pandemic taught us a lot, and part of that is that we need to work not only with parents, but with other community resources to help meet all needs,” Mehta said. “We can get to the biggest diagnosis and prescribe the best medicine, but if we can’t afford to choose between eating tonight or buying the medicine, we have to work outside our walls to make sure we can afford to feed the your children and get the medicine for your child “.
Nemours is a pediatric clinic that treats patients who need care beyond general pediatrics. Her areas of care are cardiology, orthopedics, hearing, nose and throat and gastrointestinal medicine.
Since the pandemic, leaders have made it clearer that Nemours ’social work department needs more help connecting families with resources to help pay their bills or meet other needs such as food insecurity or parental education to improve children’s health.
For example, Mehta said he has noticed a knowledge gap when it comes to attending children’s school.
“School knows if a child misses a lot of school, but we may not know it and when that same parent says again ‘Yes, asthma has gone well,’ we don’t know that he has lost 20 days of school.” , said Mehta.
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