New name — Institute for Child and Family Health — reflects broader focus for one of Miami’s oldest and most respected non-profit organizations
MIAMI, FL, June 27, 2007 — The Children’s Psychiatric Center, one of Miami-Dade County’s oldest and most respected community based organizations, announced today that it has formally changed its name to the Institute for Child and Family Health (ICFH). The non-profit (501c3) organization has been providing emotional health and prevention services to children, adolescents and families in Miami-Dade since 1945.
The name change reflects the organization’s growth and evolution over the past five decades from a mental health focus to a broader range of emotional and family health issues, including primary care health services. ICFH now has a fulltime pediatrician, Dr. Gina Morgan-Smith, on staff to offer pediatric and primary care. Dr. Morgan-Smith earned a Bachelor in Science degree from Howard University (Washington, D.C.), and her medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center. She completed her pediatric residency training at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Morgan-Smith has provided pediatric care in South Florida for close to 20 years in a variety of settings, including community health centers, school-based health clinics, and private practice. She serves as a consultant with the Health Resource and Service Administration (HRSA) and Head Start and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is affiliated with Miami Children’s Hospital and Nova Southeastern University.
“Our mission is to empower the children and families of our community by providing services that enhance their emotional, physical, and educational well-being,” explains Robert D. Nolan, PhD, Executive Director of ICFH. “While our name has changed, our commitment to the community has not; in fact, it grows stronger each year.”
In 2006, ICFH provided 200,000 billed hours of service to more than 9,000 children and youths; 75,000 of these hours were provided as free or low-costs services.
ICFH also announced that it will embark on a major capital campaign in 2007 to raise funds to build a comprehensive new facility in Miami Lakes. This facility is envisioned as a unique state-of-the-art community resource where primary health care for children will be integrated with emotional health, prevention, and educational programs.
“As we begin planning for the capital campaign, we are looking for enthusiastic and committed community leaders who want to take a leadership role in making this facility a reality,” explains Alina Plasencia, Director of Development for ICFH.
The Institute for Child and Family Health, Inc. (ICFH), founded in 1945, is a private, not-for-profit (501c3) agency whose purpose is to provide a continuum of health care services to children, adolescents, and their families. ICFH uses a multidisciplinary team approach that includes, but is not limited to, prevention and early intervention, medical services, outpatient and on-site mental health treatment, case management, specialized foster care and educational services. ICFH, formerly known as Children’s Psychiatric Center (CPC), is one of the oldest community based organizations exclusively dedicated to the well being of children and families in the State of Florida. It is run by an independent Board of Directors composed of community business leaders, medical professionals, consumer advocates, and other professionals who oversee every aspect of the operation through their appointed Executive Director. ICFH is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation and the American Psychological Association, and participates as a fully accredited pre-doctoral internship training facility recognized by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. To learn more, visit www.icfhinc.org.