Public Health

For members interested in creating, developing, and fostering strong partnerships and alliances with community organizations who share our mission to reduce health disparities. The Public Health Program also actively seeks volunteers ready to help with activities as the need arises in our community, such as our free health screening efforts with the Puerto Rico displaced community in Chicago during the Fall and Winter 2017. The Public Health Program emphasizes meaningful-impact activities within our communities in coordination with the Mentorship program in order to educate our youth to become community health ambassadors in their own families, schools, and neighborhoods.

The main strategies for public health program implementation include:

  • Salud Pathways Initiative integrating mentorship, education, and public health missions of MOLA.
  • Community bilingual health education opportunities in coordination with community partner organizations.
  • Community bilingual health education opportunities in coordination with media partners and sponsors.

Elizabeth Garcia, MOLA medical student and Candice Ibaceta from PrimeCare Community Health volunteer their time to offer resources and support to individuals displaced by Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria and newly arrived in Chicago. The evaluations are taking place in the Humboldt Park Field House during Multi-Agency Resource Centers organized by the City of Chicago

On November 10th, volunteers Dr. Pilar Ortega, Dr. Maria Verónica Gómez, and medical students Stephanie Turcios and Rafael Gutierrez spent time evaluating refugees and providing them with a basic medical examination and referrals.

MOLA’s free clinic is also an excellent opportunity for mentorship and education that is a team-based collaborative experience discussing patient care and putting their case histories in the context of their social situations as well as allocating public health resources and connecting them to long term primary care.


2017 November Free Clinics

During the month of November, our volunteers saw patients, referred them for services ranging from primary care, dental, pediatrics, and mental health, and even saved a life by sending a septic patient to the Emergency Department where she was treated and admitted to the ICU. These are all huge accomplishments that made great impact for these individuals and the community. We also forged partnerships with several community organizations with whom we will continue to work and grow in our Public Health efforts. It was further an excellent experience for medical student volunteers who got a chance to do a lot of hands on patient evaluations.

MOLA wants to help puertorriqueños new to Chicago be healthy and stay safe!

¡MOLA quiere ayudar a los puertorriqueños nuevos a Chicago a estar sanos y seguros!

MOLA board member Gaby Saldaña explains in English and Spanish, what MOLA is doing for medical screening of patients displaced by natural disasters.