The Florida Department of Health's
Volunteer Services Program in action.
This Innovative program is a
network of over 17,000 volunteers who generously donate
their time and talent to Florida's citizens in need.
Our Program's Mission
To facilitate the recruitment and retention of qualified
volunteers for Florida's public health system.
2. To increase access to health care for those Floridians
who are uninsured and without the necessary financial
resources to obtain medical care.
The Volunteer Services Program achieves
this mission through the coordination of two distinct
volunteer campaigns governed by Chapter 110.501 Florida
Statutes and Chapter 766.1115 Florida Statutes.
F. S. Chapter 110.501
Your contribution is Important to
the Florida Department of Health.
The Florida Department of Health provides
many opportunities for anyone who wants to contribute
their special talents to those in need. Floridians who
get involved open up a whole new world of rewards and
satisfaction that will last a lifetime. Some may
volunteer to provide administrative support in an office
setting, while others lend their special skills as
medical and dental professionals, interpreters, computer
experts, photographers, and more. As a valued colleague,
training and supervision is available to all volunteers.
F. S. Chapter 766.1115
Health care professionals lending
their special skills to keep Florida Healthy.
Health care professionals (physicians, dentists,
nurses etc.) are also encouraged to volunteer their
special skills to those Floridians without access to
appropriate health care. Although these professionals
must be actively (with a regular or limited) licensed to
practice, they may do so in their local county health
department, homeless shelter or even in their own private
Health Care Professionals
In 1992, The
Florida Legislature passed the "Access To Health
Care Act" (Section 766.1115 F.S.) which established
Health Care Provider Program.
The intent of this
legislation was two-fold: to increase access to health
care for indigent Floridians through the use of
volunteers, and to increase the number of health care
volunteers through the extension of state-sponsored sovereign
their volunteer service, doctors, dentists, pharmacists,
nurses, and other licensed professionals are responding
to the needs of those who cannot afford to pay for
medical care. These volunteer health care professionals
provide a safety net of primary and specialty care to
those in greatest need.
local health departments, medical and dental clinics,
community clinics, and institutional facilities, health
care providers are making a difference. The Volunteer
Health Care Provider Program is a public/private
partnership supported by the Florida Medical Association
and the Florida Dental Association.
*Sovereign immunity makes it easier
"a good neighbor".
This State of Florida Statute
protection is based on the volunteer serving as an agent
of the State of Florida. Basically, this means that the
State of Florida assumes responsibility for the treatment
of patients eligible under this program.
Department of Health sponsors the Statewide Volunteer
Services Program through the Division of Family Health
Services. Ten regional coordinators work with County
Health Departments, Children's Medical Services, and
private volunteer health care organizations to coordinate
volunteerism efforts throughout the State. Program staff
are caring and knowledgeable and are ready to answer your
questions about volunteering in the field of health care.
Choose your county of interest below for
summary of volunteer activities.
telephone and fax:
Shannon Lease, M.S.
Department of Health Headquarters
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee FL 32399-1722
Telephone (850) 245-4104 (SC)205-4104
FAX (850) 414-6091
opportunities contact regional coordinator: (see
county of interest.)
General program information: Shannon_Lease@doh.state.fl.us
This Website is made possible through the
significant contribution of
James S. Kuczek, Region 7 Volunteer Coordinator.
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