What is HANDS of St. Lucie County
St. Lucie County has 72,000 residing uninsured adults. That is equivalent to 1/3 of the adult population. HANDS of St. Lucie County is a Volunteers in Medicine affiliate, and has been since 2010. The clinic provides free healthcare to low income, adult residents of St. Lucie County. Serving over 19,000 clinic visits in two years.
The HANDS Clinic assists potential patients by providing patient navigators to help those who need services through the application process. Qualifications include but not limited to: being a legal resident of St. Lucie County for at least 6 months, and falling within income qualifications.
The VIM/HANDS Clinic provides free primary, dental, mental health, and vision care, as well as free prescription medications. To increase awareness and health management skills, the Clinic offers free classes, at which VIM/HANDS Certified Nutritionists and Counselors help patients plan for better health and a better life. Classes include diabetes management, Waste Watchers, smoking cessation, and support groups.
To address the issue of pediatric dental disease, the VIM/HANDS Clinic provides dental checks and sealants to more than 10,000 students in the St. Lucie County School System annually.