COMMITMENT TO ACTION
Puerto Rico Response and Recovery: Health in Schools
Commitment by International Medical Corps; Med Centro Consejo de Salud de Puerto Rico, Inc.
In 2018, International Medical Corps committed to improve access to primary healthcare for school-aged children in Puerto Rico by partnering with Med Centro to expand their health in schools program. After Hurricane Maria, health organizations in Puerto Rico have experienced increased numbers of patients seeking care at Mobile Medical units (MMUs) as opposed to traditional clinic sites. In recognition of this new reality, International Medical Corps will support Med Centro in procuring an additional MMU, which will allow Med Centro to reach an additional five elementary and middle schools with comprehensive preventive health screenings. Additionally, International Medical Corps will provide training and capacity building to all Med Centro staff to strengthen existing services as well as services provided in the new MMU, particularly in the areas of adolescent health and mental health. As a result of this commitment, more than 1,000 elementary and middle school students will receive increased access to primary care services.