The mission of Empower “U”, Inc. Community Health Center (EUCHC) is to empower, educate, and promote better health care choices for individuals and families at risk for and/or affected by health disparities.
When EUCHC accomplishes its mission, all people in the community will have equitable access to care thus living longer, healthier lives, and health disparities will be eliminated.
In 1999, two HIV-positive, African American women living in Liberty City saw the need for an agency that could serve the community from the perspective of its residents.
They understood the culture and experience of persons living with HIV. This was the start of Empower “U”, Inc., a minority, peer-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)3 community-based organization that has served its community since its inception. Empower “U” has experience, expertise, and competent, compassionate, well-trained staff. Because the agency is located within Liberty City, Empower “U” has established a strong presence and positive relationship with the residents of the surrounding area.
Empower “U”‘s first service was street outreach in areas to identify persons living with or at risk for HIV and bring them to care. In 2002, the agency was first funded to provide medical case management through the Ryan White Care Act. In 2003, Empower “U” became a State of Florida HIV test site and began providing free, confidential HIV testing. In 2004, Empower “U” partnered with the CDC, provide HIV testing and prevention interventions. In 2014, Empower “U” became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to provide primary medical and HIV specialty care.
Empower “U” maintains a mission to empower, educate, and promote better health care choices among historically underserved minority communities disproportionately impacted by health disparities. Our vision is equal access to health care and optimum utilization of primary health care services to promote the elimination of health disparities among historically minority communities. We believe that continuing our partnership with the CDC, Florida Department of Health, and other funding entities to provide integrated testing, connection to medical care, and other support services. We continue to implement prevention services and interventions for both HIV-positive and high risk HIV-negative persons using the strategies and activities of the High-Impact HIV Prevention Program model; moving Miami, Florida, and the nation closer to our shared goals of reducing HIV transmission, increasing access to care, and improving health outcomes for people living with HIV.