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