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New program offers free door to door healthcare

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Updated: 12/10/2013 6:39 pm
JACKSONVILLE Fla.-- Jackson Baltazar studies communication at Edward Waters College. While he may be on top of his schoolwork, his health, not so much.

"I haven't had health care since high school," he said.

For many like Baltazar, affordability and time are two of the biggest barriers to medical care, but a partnership with Edward Waters College and UF Health is changing that.

It's called Health Street and it brings free care straight to the people who need it most.

"The whole idea is to improve the health of the community," said Health Street organizer Fern Webb.

Reps with Health Street go door to door in at-risk communities to research what types of care are needed.

"If we find that there are a lot of folks or individuals that suffer from diabetes high cholesterol then studies can be specifically designed to meet their needs," said Webb.

At the same time, they introduce communities to free UF Health clinical trials, some of which participants can even get paid for.

It's a win-win for doctors, researchers and patients like Baltazar on a tight budget.

"If do have an issue or something, participate in a clinical trial and get paid for it that's a plus for me with free care so that's always an advantage," he said.

If Health Street hasn't come to your neighborhood yet, you can get in touch with them by calling (904) 612-2996 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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