Posts Tagged ‘health’
As an middle aged, uninsured woman, I’m always researching affordable health care resources available to me here locally.
I found a helpful article, “Help for the Uninsured,” by Phil Galewitz and Christine Stapleton, in the Palm Beach Post on March 9, 2009. [March 29, 2013: Unfortunately, the link directly to that page is now gone. Please see the information below, sourced from that article]:
*Health Care District (HCD) of Palm Beach County
Apply for low-cost or free health coverage if you are a county resident.
There is a local HCD of PB County Lantana-Lake Worth Center located here in Lantana:
1250 Southwinds Drive
Lantana, FL 33462
Hours: 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday
2nd Saturday of each month
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
If going west on Lantana Road, turn right on Andrew Redding Road, at the Florida Highway Patrol Office/Dept. of Motor Vehicle Registrations.
If going east, turn left onto Andrew Redding Road.
*Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Project Access
A program of volunteer doctors who treat the uninsured.
*Florida Department of children and Families’ ACCESS Florida
Apply for Medicaid.
Galewitz and Stapleton also list a number of clinics in our area, and programs with sliding/varying fees:
Other Free Clinics
A free health clinic based in West Boynton Beach.
*Community Health Center
A free health clinic on 2823 N. Australian Ave in West Palm Beach.
Free health clinic in Jupiter at 412 Center Street, located immediately east of Beacon Baptist Church.
Sliding Fee Scale
*Palm Beach County Health Department
Provides primary and dental care on a sliding fee scale. Family planning and prenatal care also available, as are testing and treatment of communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDs, hepatitis C. Clinics are located at various locations within Palm Beach County, including Belle Glade, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Lantana/Lake Worth, Pahokee, Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach.
*Florida Community Health Centers
Provides primary care on a sliding fee scale. Centers are located throughout Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, including Ft. Pierce, Pahokee, Port St. Lucie.
In Palm Beach County, there is a center located at
4450 South Tiffany Drive
West Palm Beach, Florida 33407
Phone: (561) 844-9443
*FAU Wellness Centers
Provide primary care services on a sliding fee scale. Locations in Delray Beach and West Palm Beach below….
Delray Beach Full Service Center
(Satellite at Carver Estates)
S.W. 14 th Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Phone: (561) 243-1573
Fax: (561) 279-1765
West Gate Community Wellness Center
1650 Osceola Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Phone: (561) 616-4101
Fax: (561) 616-4179
Director: Susan Beidler, PhD, Mbe, ARNP, BC
Specific Types of Health Care
*Palm Beach State College Dental Health Services
4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth 33461
Ph: (561) 868-3757
“…a teaching facility in which students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program provide preventive dental care to the community.”
PBSC also has other helpful community dental services listed on its site at
*H.O.P.E. Project Mobile Mammography Van
To schedule a free mammogram, call (561) 659-4278
Hanley offers free substance abuse screening for adults and adolescents and a free program for children of addicts and alcoholics. (561) 841-1000 or 866-4HANLEY.
Call(561) 841-1000 or 866-4HANLEY.
Pparx.com, a partnership between doctors, pharmaceutical companies and other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that’s right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free. 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669).
There are also low cost/free health insurance programs listed in the article. I’ll provide more information on some of these in another upcoming posting.
Take a look also at Lantana Public Library’s Help in Hard Times web page!
Breast Cancer Awareness month is October. Palm Beach County has a number of events this month and beyond to help fundraise, educate, and inform women about procedures, costs, and locations.
Had you heard of a program for uninsured and lower income women to obtain free breast/mammogram screenings?
If you are in need of a screening, are uninsured or underinsured, and can drive to Boca Raton, please call the following number (at Boca Raton Regional Hospital) for more information on scheduling an appointment and obtaining a Komen Grant: ( 561)955-4294
My screening/mammogram is being made available through the Kathryn Krickstein Pressel MammoVan, which operates with Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is a current recipient of grants awarded to non-profit health care agencies and service providers in our area via the County’s own chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation/For the Cure® .
Komen Grants are available/renwable year after year.
Here are some helpful resources/books in our library on breast cancer:
*Living through breast cancer : what a Harvard doctor and survivor wants you to know about getting the best care while preserving your self-image by Carolyn M.Kaelin
(Lantana Library Call No. 616.994 Kae)
*The American breast cancer guide : a comprehensive resource directory.
(Lantana Library Call No. 616.994 Ame)
*The everything health guide to living with breast cancer : an accessible and comprehensive resource for women by Lucia Giuggio Carvalho.
(Lantana Library Call No. 616.994 Car)
*Straight talk about breast cancer : from diagnosis to recovery by Suzanne W. Braddock
(Lantana Library Call No. 616.994 Bra)
The Brain that Changes Itself
by Norman Doidge
Lantana Library Call No.: 612 82 Doi
When Dr. Doidge, an M.D. and psychiatrist, first noticed that some patients responded to treatment in ways that indicated that their brains were not hardwired and that brain damage might be undone, he didn’t believe it. Research led him to the relatively new science of neuroplasticity, which appears to allow a damaged brain to reconstruct itself. This is gripping stuff, and you do not have to be a doctor to understand it: It is also a pleasure to read, and the case histories give room for hope.
(From the Short List, March 11, 2009, by Catharine Rambeau)