Pediatrics Outreach Services Program

The USF Health Department of Pediatrics Outreach Services Program (OSP) provides high quality medical care and health education to high risk and underserved children, including those with special health care needs, adolescents, and child victims of domestic violence. The key feature of OSP is that it delivers this broad range of important health care services to children in their own neighborhoods. Services provided include primary care (well-child visits, school physicals and sports physicals); treatment for chronic and acute illnesses; health education and oral hygiene education; treatment and self-management education for asthma; nutrition counseling; childhood health promotion and injury prevention education; and social services referrals. The OSP staff also works with community, state and county organizations to help families apply for government-assisted health insurance, thereby helping them gain access to a medical home. An additional key feature of the OSP is that it provides important training opportunities for USF Morsani College of Medicine medical students, pediatric residents, nursing students and nurse practitioner students, exposing them to culturally and socioeconomically diverse populations.

OSP currently provides medical care to students at the following schools through grant funding from:

Suncoast Credit Union Foundation
Lacoochee Elementary,
Woodland Elementary, Rodney B. Cox Elementary,
West Zephyrhills Elementary,
Denham Oaks Elementary
San Antonio Elementary

Our target population is uninsured, undocumented or underinsured, primarily minority children and teens with limited access to health care and who live in Pasco County. Most of the schools are Title I schools, with the majority of students receiving free or reduced lunches.

For more information on the Pediatric Outreach program please contact Jeannette Fleischer, ARNP at jfleisch@health.usf.edu.