Health Initiative

City of Miami Health Initiative brings needed services for free to all districts and communities in the City of Miami. Since 2015, the Health initiative has expanded to include more partners offering direct services and screenings.  From HIV education and testing to EKG screening, the Department of Human Services Health initiatives strives to create equitable health throughout all of Miami.

Program Supervisors



Susana Peñaranda, Email:, Phone: 305-416-1007


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Michael Roman, Email:, Phone: 3015-416-1618

, Phone: 305-416-1618

Anthem - Provides health insurance information, servicing people with disabilities, low-income families and other state and federally sponsored beneficiaries

CareResource - CareResource provides free HIV testing at City of Miami health events.

CDC Act Against Aids Campaign - City of Miami partners with the CDC Act Against Aids Campaign to disseminate health education resources. 

Colgate – The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® (BSBF) vans visit more than 1,000 cities and towns each year, reaching more than 10 million children with free dental screenings and education including brushing, flossing, and nutrition to help keep their teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Florida International University College Of Medicine NeighborhoodHELP – Offers free breast mammography screening, health education, and navigation services for women without access to care in Miami-Dade County.

Florida RX Card - Florida RX Card is a free statewide prescription discount drug card that offers savings as high as 75% on both generic and brand medications.  Anyone living in or visiting Florida can use Florida RX Card, regardless of age, income, health conditions or residential status

Jackson Health Systems – Health Navigators can help individuals understand the Affordable Care Act, informing the public of the full range of qualified health plans and insurance affordability programs, as well as assist with changes to existing eligibility applications.

Live Healthy Little Havana –Live Healthy Little Havana is an initiative coordinated by the City of Miami and supported by the Health Foundation of South Florida to promote healthier living in Little Havana. The goal is to strengthen community capacity to collaboratively plan and collectively carryout strategies to improve health

Miami Dade Florida Department of Health - City of Miami works closely with the Getting to Zero Initiative focused on eliminating HIV/AIDS in our communities.

Miami Dade Area Health Education Center -  Works with the City to improve access to quality, comprehensive health care and education for the underserved, uninsured, economically needy and other vulnerable individuals through academic-community partnerships.

Miami Fire Rescue – Provides blood pressure readings, tours of Miami Fire Truck and distributes fire-safety literature to children

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind – Provides vision rehabilitation, eye health services and education promoting independence. This agency collaborates and trains professionals and to conduct research in related fields

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (Heart Program)- offers free pediatric EKG testing for children ages 5-21.

Simply Healthcare – provides health plans information for people enrolled in Medicaid and/or Medicare programs.   

University of Florida Hialeah Dental Center - Distributes goodie bags including: educational information on dental hygiene, toothbrushes and toothpaste

University of Miami Champ Team – Provides HIV Prevention Education, Awareness, HIV 101, Prep, PEP, Living with HIV Education, Risk Reduction and testing for minority populations

Miami Dade County Community Action & Human Services Department – Head Start/Early Head Start Division provides comprehensive child development services for low-income children and families in Miami-Dade County. Head Start is now accepting applications for pregnant women and children ages birth to 5 years old to participate in the 2017-2018 program year.

For information on becoming a prospective partner, please contact

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Free Pediatric EKG Screening at Miami Parks Potentially Saved 12 Lives

Published on August 23, 2019

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(Miami, FL August 23, 2019) - This summer, the City of Miami and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Heart Program once again teamed up to offer free EKG screenings to children participating in the City's summer camps in an effort to detect heart conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death.

In all, 810 screenings were conducted at City parks throughout the summer, and 12 young people were identified as being in need of follow-up testing as a result of the EKG screenings. Notably, the 810 screenings conducted this summer marked a 47% increase in total screenings compared to last year's program.

“Our children are the future leaders of our community - future teachers, doctors, public servants - so we must do our part now to ensure their long-term health,” said City Manager Emilio Gonzalez. “The City of Miami is proud to partner with Nicklaus Children's Hospital and to extend these critical health services to children who otherwise may not have received them.”
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital offers free EKG testing for children in an effort to detect conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death, which is the leading cause of sudden death among young athletes. Usually, the heart conditions that lead to sudden cardiac death have no advance signs or symptoms.

Each EKG screening can cost up to $433.00 per child. Through their partnership, the City of Miami's Department of Human Services and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Department of Pediatric Cardiology were able to provide these often-expensive EKG screenings free of cost to local children and young people ages 5 to 21.

Since 2018, Nicklaus Children's Hospital and Miami's Department of Human Services have coordinated a total of 1,362 pediatric EKG screenings in 14 different locations across the city. A total of 27 abnormalities have been discovered since the implementation of the EKG initiative. In all, Nicklaus Children's Hospital has provided $589,000 in in-kind services to local children at City of Miami parks.
Free pediatric EKG screening were conducted at the following City of Miami parks this summer:
Jose Marti Park
Grapeland Park
Shenandoah Park
Samuel K. Johnson Youth Center
Williams Park
Virrick Park



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