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Training Site

Fellows train at the Immokalee Health Education Site. The Site opened in 2007 as a rural clinical-training site in partnership with the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (HCN). The facility includes a 29,000-square-foot center with clinical/patient-care areas, research space, and individual office space for each Fellow, as well as designated areas for classroom/group teaching. The center has state of the art technology, which includes video conferencing capabilities to connect with other FSUCOM campuses and Faculty. This allows Fellows to receive training support from FSUCOM Faculty across each of the college's regional campuses. FSUCOM Faculty have a wide array of expertise that Fellows can benefit from, thus allowing for networking with other professionals, despite the rural location of the training site. Main campus provides full support for research endeavors. The Immokalee Health Education Site is a part of the OneFlorida Clinical Research Network. The facility includes full access to the FSUCOM Maguire Medical Library. 99.9% of the medical library’s resources are electronic and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Fellows have access to over 2,400 medical and biomedical journals. Evidence-based medicine and mobile resources are especially applicable to the online environment providing access to medical library resources around the clock from any internet-enabled device.

The Immokalee Health Education Site also houses The FSU Center for Child Stress & Health , which serves as an integrated primary care resource center for patients, families, and healthcare providers of children exposed to toxic stress, especially children living in rural, minority, and underserved communities. The Center is a SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) Category II, Treatment and Service Adaptation Center and serves as a national resource on effective treatment and service approaches for child trauma experienced by children.

The Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (HCN) is a Federally Qualified Health Center. The health center includes Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine (including a specialty/HIV clinic), Dental, Obstetrics /Gynecology, and Behavior Health Services. The HCN is a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). PCMH status allows Fellows to train within an organizational model that delivers the core functions of primary care, including: patient-centered, comprehensive, coordinated care, access, quality and safety. The HCN was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1977 by a group of community leaders in Immokalee, Florida to address the health issues of migrant and seasonal farm workers, rural poor and other citizens in the area. Their first facilities were two small trailers in Immokalee. From the start, the nonprofit was committed to providing basic medical and dental healthcare services at an affordable cost while ensuring dignity and respect to each individual served. The HCN participates in the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) accreditation program. Today the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida a serves a culturally and linguistically diverse population in 14 healthcare sites in Immokalee and Naples.