Major Outreach Award 2009-2011: Breast Cancer Health Information Project
Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) is the largest healthcare safety-net provider for Maricopa County residents. Maricopa is the nation?s second largest county in area and the fifth largest in population. MIHS provides service for nearly 20,000 inpatient and 300,000 outpatient visits annually. Facilities at MIHS include Maricopa Medical Center, the Arizona Burn Center (the country?s second largest Burn Center); a Level I Pediatric and Adult Trauma Center; the Comprehensive Healthcare Clinic that includes the Breast Center; the McDowell Healthcare Clinic, which is dedicated to serving patients affected with HIV/AIDS; ten community-oriented family health centers; and an attendant care program. MIHS is the largest medical teaching facility in Phoenix, training more than 400 physicians annually. In response to the needs of parents and children in Maricopa County, the Family Learning Center (FLC) was established in October 2007 within the Comprehensive Healthcare Clinic. Created as an education hub, the five key objectives of the FLC are to provide: 1) reliable health information; 2) community referrals; 3) education classes; 4) literacy activities; and 5) enrollment assistance. Achievements are based on the ability to target low-income and linguistically isolated families who experience health disparities by offering health information, care coordination, community referrals and family support. Designed to meet the needs of Maricopa County?s inner city and disadvantaged families that experience barriers to obtaining health information, the FLC has served more than 40,000 families since opening.