Bringing Health & Hope to Escambia County
In 2003, the Pensacola Bay Baptist Association established the Health and Hope Clinic to help meet the needs of the uninsured and medically underserved in Escambia County, Florida. According to CountyHealthRankings.org, a collaborative organization working to measure vital health factors across the nation, a person is considered uninsured “if they are currently not covered by insurance through a current/former employer or union, purchased from an insurance company, Medicare, Medicaid, Medical Assistance, any kind of government-assistance plan for those with low incomes or disability, TRICARE or other military health care, Indian Health Services, VA, or any other health insurance or health coverage plan.” The number of uninsured under age 65 in Escambia County has been steadily improving since 2008, but is currently estimated to be 11% of the population, or approximately 28,000 people. Santa Rosa County’s numbers are similar.
In 2014, the Health and Hope Clinic moved to its current location, 1718 E. Olive Road, into a newly constructed building on the campus of Ministry Village at Olive (MVO) and became an MVO partner. Since it opened in 2003, Health and Hope has provided over $20 million in healthcare services to members of our community.
As described on its website, the Health and Hope Clinic is an entirely volunteer and donor-driven clinic, relying on the generosity of its donors and volunteers to accomplish its mission of “providing health and hope to the hurting.” While Health and Hope was founded by a religious organization (the Pensacola Bay Baptist Association), they serve the community regardless of a person’s religious affiliation. Their beliefs state, “Health and Hope exists to bring healing through quality healthcare and the hope of Jesus Christ.” It is that desire to show God’s love to a hurting world that drives everything the Health and Hope Clinic offers.
Healthcare coverage has garnered national attention over the past several years, and continues to drive passionate debate on both sides of the political aisle. Both sides of the debate seem to agree on one fact – a lack of quality healthcare can lead to significant physical, emotional and financial consequences. According to CountyHealthRankings.org, “Lack of health insurance coverage is a significant barrier to accessing needed healthcare and to maintaining financial security. One key finding from the Kaiser Family Foundation report on access to healthcare is that, ‘Going without coverage can have serious health consequences for the uninsured because they receive less preventative care. Delayed care often results in serious illness or other health problems. Being uninsured can also have serious financial consequences, with many unable to pay their medical bills, resulting in medical debt’.”
The volunteers who work as health care providers at Health and Hope include doctors with specialties in internal medicine, geriatrics, and family medicine as well as a physician’s assistant and an oral surgeon. Health and Hope Clinic offers primary medical care, dental services, preventative care, specialty care (including cardiology, chiropractic, dermatology, neurology, orthopedics, rheumatology, physical therapy and women’s health services), full laboratory services, prescription assistance and pharmacy services as well as spiritual counseling and referrals to community social services. Currently, Health and Hope serves 900 active patients, has 200 volunteers, and recorded 7,100 patient visits last year providing more than $1.8 million in medical services.
“Our location on the Ministry Village at Olive campus has been beneficial because many patients are directed to us from MVO for immediate medical care as well as long-term primary care management,” says Sara Davy, Executive Director of the Health and Hope Clinic. “The values we share with Ministry Village provide an opportunity for us to minister not only to the physical and emotional needs of people, but also (and most importantly) to their spiritual needs. We bring the word of Christ and His Salvation to those who do not know Him, as well as to those who have fallen away and have a desire to return to the foundation of their faith in Jesus Christ.”
Martha Cobb King, Interim Executive Director at Ministry Village at Olive, is thankful for the strong partnership between MVO and the Health and Hope Clinic. “At Ministry Village, our mission is to offer help, hope and healing through our various community programs, serving as the hands, feet and heart of Jesus. We are very thankful to have the Health and Hope Clinic as a partner on our campus, providing the medical expertise many of our clients need but cannot afford through traditional providers. They have truly made a difference in our community by caring for those who cannot afford quality medical attention.”
☎️ Clinic hours are by appointment only. Call (850) 479-4456 during the following times to schedule a visit.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 8:30am-12pm
Tuesday, Thursday – 5:00-8:00pm
🤲 If you are interested in becoming a volunteer medical provider at the Health and Hope Clinic, contact Becky Huff (firstname.lastname@example.org).