LIGHT OF THE WORLD CLINIC, INC.

Keeping our community healthy since 1989!

aka Luz Del Mundo Light of the World Inc.   |   Oakland Park, FL   |  http://www.lightoftheworldclinic.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide free quality healthcare and preventative medical services in over 15 different specialties to medically underserved qualified low-income uninsured children, adults, and elderly residents of Broward County, FL.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Light of the World Clinic is an accredited Countywide Indigent Healthcare Provider Volunteer Health Care Provider Program Clinics [FSS 766.115 (8)/110] and is authorized the use of volunteers to augment the State’s public health duties and functions. (The State of Florida and Broward County Department of Health). The Light of the World is a unique and innovative community-based free Clinic serving as a “healthcare community safety net or medical home." The Clinic is a leading community healthcare organization that provides compassionate healthcare to those in need by collaborating with volunteers and community partners. Our work addresses eliminating health disparities, upgrading the health, education, and living standards of poor uninsured children, families, adults and the elderly eliminating the cycle of poverty for those we serve.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Sandra Lozano Barry

Chairman of the Board

Esq. Hyram M. Montero Esq.

Main address

5333 N Dixie Highway, Suite 201

Oakland Park, FL 33334 USA

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Formerly known as

Luz Del Mundo - Light of the World Clinic, Inc.

EIN

65-0266070

NTEE code info

Unknown (Z99)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Free Indigent Health Care, Outreach, Education & Treatment Program

Volunteer community-based clinic offers The Free Indigent Health Care, Outreach, Education & Treatment Program for Broward County residents: 1) Community Outreach, Program implementation: 1) Outreach, 2) Intake & Assessments and Education, 3) Healthcare Services and Medical Treatment, 4) Referrals, 5) Follow-up Care. The program will benefit economically disadvantaged, medically underserved, uninsured, residents within the County by providing access and FREE comprehensive health care services, medical treatment, education, and counseling with a licensed primary care physician.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Health
Economically disadvantaged people

Light of the World Clinic, Inc. was founded 31 years ago, in 1989 by the late Dr. Erwin Vasquez and volunteer doctors with a mission, “to provide free quality essential healthcare and preventative supportive medical services to the underserved, uninsured and at-risk indigent in Broward.” To support our mission, we reach out to the underserved that do not have access to/or cannot obtain healthcare due to cultural/language barriers, or lack of health insurance and provide free healthcare. The purpose of our work is to empower individuals and families to reach optimal health and be productive citizens.

Our vision is to provide access to healthcare for the medically underserved, the uninsured and to eliminate disparities for the people we serve. To meet this vision the Clinic provides access and upgrades the health, education, and living standards of the underserved thereby eliminating the cycle of poverty through healthy individuals and families.

Our Objectives include:
To be a leading organization providing compassionate healthcare to those in need by collaborating with volunteers and community partners.
To create a connected healthcare delivery system and to provide primary healthcare services to the underserved (200% below Federal poverty level) at no cost.
To meet the needs of the uninsured, develop an appropriate specialty care referral system and help patients navigate the complex healthcare system in Broward.
To educate the underserved on the importance of regular healthcare, annual checkups, proper nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and use of medications thereby avoiding unnecessary medical emergencies.

Free Primary Services include:
• Intake & Assessment/Medical Treatment/Case Management/Referrals
• Acupuncture
• Back to School Exams & Immunizations
• Cardiology & Diabetes Intervention
• Cholesterol Education and Treatment COPD/Asthma Control
• Dermatology & Dermatological Surgery
• Diagnostic Screening, Hearing Testing
• Family Wellness: Pediatrics/Men/Women’s Care/Gynecology
• General & Internal Medicine
• Hypertension Education and Treatment Infectious Diseases
• Laboratory Services (nominal fee)
• Social Work Clinical Services (counseling and connects patients to resources in the community to help them overcome challenges).
• Mammography/Nephrology
• Nutrition and Healthy Eating
• Ophthalmology/Vision Screening Orthopedic Services
• Oral Hygiene, education, toothbrush, toothpaste/floss distribution
• Podiatry, Prevention Education/Social Service Outreach
• Referrals to community resources navigates linkages to healthcare beyond Clinic’s scope (specialty care for more advanced care, neurological, surgery, dental, ultrasound, X-ray, CT/MRI), and other social service agency and government providers (SSI, Medicaid, WIC/SNAP, Access to Food Pantries for Food Insecure Patients, Food Distribution, TANF, Vaccines/STIs resources, Florida KidCare, MRIs, and access to employment agencies)

The Light of the World Clinic is Accredited by The State of Florida and Broward County Department of Health, Annually. Countywide Indigent Healthcare Provider Volunteer Health Care Provider Program Clinics [FSS 766.115 (8)/110] Authorized use of volunteers to augment State’s public health duties and functions.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Health
Social and economic status
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Health
Social and economic status

Where we work

Accreditations

Florida Department of Health Countywide Indigent Healthcare Provider Volunteer Health Care Provider 1989

Awards

Point of Light Award for Erwin M. Vasquez MD 1990

Office of the Governor State of Florida

Affiliations & memberships

Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics 2005

Florida Department of Health Countywide Indigent Healthcare Provider Volunteer Health Care Provider 2021

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve medically underserved uninsured children, adults, and the elderly who are uninsured with little to no income who reside in Broward County, FL. Our work addresses these health disparities by upgrading the health, education, and living standards of uninsured children, families, individuals, and the elderly by eliminating the cycle of poverty for those we serve. Through the Clinic's program, we enhance prevention and health promotion efforts with improved health outcomes while strengthening individual and family functioning.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Based on patient feedback, we were able to expand the hours of our ARNP to accommodate later afternoon hours for our patients who could not attend or had difficulty making morning appointments.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for feedback, from the people we served has made for better relationships and more comprehensive services being offered at the clinic for our patients and made them more compliant with their treatment(s). The Clinic expanded the houser for our ARNP to accommodate late afternoon hours for our patients who could not attend or had difficulty making morning appointments.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

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LIGHT OF THE WORLD CLINIC, INC.

Board of directors
as of 7/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Esq. Carlos J. Reyes

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Term: 2021 - 2022

Elaine Vasquez

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Hyram Montero

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Phyllis Cambria

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Kristen Miceli-Drago

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Kimberly Valentin

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/23/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/18/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.