The Thelma Gibson Health Initiative (TGHI) addresses the health care disparities and educational challenges that undermine the quality of life in underserved communities. Now in our 10th year, TGHI has benefited from our founders’ and board’s many years of experience in social services and community development, establishing TGHI as a leader within the community. We continue to change lives daily.
Through initiatives such as Health Navigation for Elders, HIV/AIDS testing, Hepatitis C and Substance Abuse outreach, education, counseling and case management, the community continues to become healthier, better educated and able to cope with issues that could otherwise undermine it. We link our community residents with the appropriate health care and benefits through advocacy. We bridge the gap in health education by using interns and other resources that save the community dollars.
All of our programs have the following components:
- Outreach to the community through street work, home visits and interaction with community groups and churches
- Counseling for individuals, groups and families provided by the TGHI staff and interns from the following: Barry University, Carlos Albizu University, Florida International University, NOVA Southeastern University, and the University of Miami.
- Case Management assessments, advocacy, procurement of benefits and services, information and referrals
- Collaboration with other socual service programs, local churches and organizations.
We offer support services that assist our clients in recognizing their strengths, empowering them to successfully live, learn, raise children, and become more productive members of their community.