By Dr. Stanley Sack, Pediatrician at the Marathon Health Center
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC) appointed a Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) team member to its national board. Eunice Hines, Director of Migrant Health and Outreach Services, said she is excited to serve in this capacity.
Hines has been with CHI since 2007, ensuring the migrant and homeless community receives adequate health and social services.
“As part of the NHCHC board, I will work to improve homeless health care through training assistance, sharing best practices, and uplifting the voices of people experiencing homelessness.”
Hines has facilitated numerous efforts at CHI to assist the homeless community in South Florida.
Hines oversees CHI’s Mobile Medical Van and outreach team designated to provide greater access to care in the community. The van visits local homeless camps every week to provide primary care, pediatrics, behavioral health services, and other resources.
“The mobile medical van has reached people experiencing homelessness who have not been to the doctor in years,” said Hines. “Some were diagnosed and treated for chronic illnesses.”
Despite the trying times, CHI was also able to offer COVID-19 testing in homeless encampments within the community and is expecting to do the same with the vaccine distribution.
“We are always looking for different ways to help our community,” said Hines. “We even provided care packs filled with personal supplies.”