For members interested in advocacy and health policy, this committee will focus on highlighting locally relevant issues in healthcare access and provision, particularly for the Hispanic/Latino community as well as lobbying and having our voices heard by local policy-makers.


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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.
Announcement of further free clinic opportunities are pending additional need from our communities.

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 ChicagoOn 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.

 


MOLA volunteer team providing basic medical screening exam for Puerto Rico evacuees at Omni health centre. November, 2017


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.
Gaby Saldaña de la junta directiva de MOLA nos explica lo que está haciendo MOLA para evaluar a pacientes desplazados por desastres naturales:

 


Helping the City to create a provider and resource list for evacuees project:

As the premier Chicago organization representing Latino physicians, we have an extra responsibility when it comes to addressing the health needs of our Latino community. With the recent natural disasters, particularly in Puerto Rico, large numbers of evacuees are expected to arrive in Chicago in the coming weeks and months.

MOLA is working with the City of Chicago to pre-plan so that we can help take care of the health needs of this population influx. We are helping the City to create a provider and resource list for evacuees.

Please complete the following quick form to let us know how you can help! 
We need your responses ASAP, as this is a time sensitive process, but the need is likely to be ongoing for the next several months. We especially need attending physicians’ participation in offering your clinic resources or personal services. Medical students and residents are also welcome to fill out the form to offer your time to work with evacuees and help with screenings.
Let’s do it together!

 


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! 
You don’t need to go on a medical mission to help people in need from resent natural disasters. Many of them are right here in Chicago and need resources and medical attention.
Who? All MOLA members!
Including physicians (attendings and residents), medical students, pre-health undergraduates, and other health professionals are all needed and welcome to volunteer.
How to sign up? Please email our Public Health Program director Gabriela Saldaña with your interest and date availability.
When? All Fridays in November and December from 9am-1pm are currently being scheduled, starting November 3rd. Volunteers can sign up for one or more dates.
(Please suggest alternative availability if you are interested but not available on Fridays and we may consider offering other clinic dates pending need.)