Help us bring healthcare to the underserved

The Healthcare Network Community Outreach Team is the solution to overcoming important barriers to healthcare for underserved people in Collier County, Florida – transportation and communication. Healthcare Network first mobilized the Community Outreach Team during the pandemic – bringing a multi-lingual team of healthcare providers to underserved areas in Collier County.

This dedicated team was still delivering pandemic-related services, such as testing and vaccines, when Hurricane Ian hit Southwest Florida. They quickly pivoted to delivering hurricane relief to impacted areas including:

  • Free tetanus shots
  • Door-to-door wellness checks
  • Healthcare supplies

More than a month after Hurricane Ian, there continues to be a need for the mobile outreach they provide. In one community they visited in November, a woman speaking to Healthcare Network’s Haitian-Creole translator shared that her mobile home flooded during the hurricane, and she lost everything. The property owner has asked her to leave, and she admits the conditions in the home are impacting her health, but she has nowhere else to go. Others in the community lost their homes to fire, and many are marked for demolition because they are uninhabitable. Those who were able to clean up their structures and remain in the community are extremely grateful to see the Healthcare Network Outreach Team, who are greeted with open arms as they accept necessities such as personal hygiene products, diapers and water.

You can help keep the Healthcare Network Community Outreach Team rolling – and expand our impact – with an annual gift!

All donations to the 501©3 Healthcare Network are tax deductible.

Meet the People we serve

The Healthcare Network Community Outreach Team brings healthcare to people throughout Collier County. These residents – some of whom don’t have reliable transportation – are extremely grateful to receive healthcare services in a culturally and language-appropriate manner without having to travel long distances. The underserved areas we serve include:

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Everglades City/Chokoloskee

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Golden Gate Estates/Orange Tree/Oil Well Road

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East
Naples (Lely)

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Naples Manor Bayshore/Shadowlawn

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Immokalee

MARGARITA'S STORY

As a patient of Healthcare Network, Margarita was relieved to see our Community Outreach Team distribute cleaning and baby supplies, clothing, water, food and other essentials to her community, a hard-hit mobile home neighborhood.

She recounted how scary it was to witness the waters from a nearby canal overflow into her home, rising nearly 3 feet. She saw her belongings floating in the water and worried about the safety of her three children.

As the surge water seeped into her home, the family tried to evacuate only to discover their cars were too water damaged to start. She shared that most of her neighbors – about 45 people in all – also lost their cars, furniture and other personal belongings. Before our team’s arrival, Margarita had not received any hurricane relief supplies and did not know when help would arrive.

Margarita and her family

Meet The outreach team

“When we saw success of the door-to-door efforts during the pandemic, we knew we could continue to make a significant impact in preventative healthcare beyond our walls in the remote corners of our community.” – Julie Pedretti, vice president of external affairs

Hear from more members of the Healthcare Network Community Outreach Team as they describe their work and share stories from their journeys through Collier County, helping people through challenges such as the pandemic and Hurricane Ian.

BUILDING ON A STRONG FOUNDATION

A three-year grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administered by Collier County’s Community and Human Services Division has enabled Healthcare Network to add 15 additional team members, who will continue to provide COVID-19 support as needed, as well as address other conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.

The team will continue door-to-door visits and work with Healthcare Network’s Chronic Care Management team and other professionals with referrals for healthcare and social support services. Home visits also allow the team to address some issues that impact health by connecting families with local resources for transportation, food and housing assistance, as well as physical and mental health. Going forward, the team will plan mini-health fairs, health education events and workshops, and continue to answer questions from the community and provide information.

Help us expand our impact and build on this strong foundation with an annual gift!

All donations to the 501©3 Healthcare Network are tax deductible.

Learn More About Healthcare Network

A nonprofit organization founded in 1977, Healthcare Network’s mission is to provide quality healthcare, accessible to everyone in Collier County. This exceptional team of healthcare professionals strives for a community where every person has access to appropriate healthcare – providing a medical and dental home where everyone can receive patient-centered, team-based and comprehensive healthcare services – regardless of their income, insurance and job status. Furthermore, all patients receive high-quality healthcare services at our practices throughout Collier County, Florida. In fact, Healthcare Network is accredited by AAAHC and certified as a Federally Qualified Health Center by HRSA. And, since 1977, Healthcare Network’s private, not-for-profit model has proven effective at meeting Southwest Florida’s needs.