Pinellas Doctor Honored for Care of Homeless
Dr. Raju Mungara is a Pinellas County health department physician who provides services at the Bayside Health Clinic and on the Pinellas County Mobile Medical Unit, a vehicle that takes health services to locations accessible to homeless people.
PINELLAS COUNTY – In recognition of his dedicated health service to the homeless, Dr. Raju Mungara was named the winner of the Florida Association of Community Health Centers’ Jessie Trice Outstanding Clinician Award.
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County physician provides services at the Bayside Health Clinic and on the Pinellas County Mobile Medical Unit, a vehicle that takes health services to locations accessible to homeless people. Mungara has been serving this population since 2006.
The award is named after Jessie Collins Trice, the first African-American graduate of the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and a champion for health care for the under-served. The association represents more than 500 health centers that serve 1.4 million Floridians who are uninsured, covered by Medicaid or have very low incomes.
The MMU and the freestanding Bayside Medical Clinic at 14808 49th St. N in Clearwater serve the homeless with funding from the Pinellas County Commission. Both the MMU and medical clinic are staffed by DOH-Pinellas employees, including Mungara.
“He remains a true advocate for the patient and for access to care for all,” DOH-Pinellas Director Dr. Ulyee Choe said. “His peers and staff know him as a caring professional who treats everyone with respect and compassion while delivering the highest quality of care. Dr. Mungara richly deserves this recognition.”
Patient satisfaction surveys show that his patients appreciate the care he delivers. As a client wrote, “Dr. Mungara cares about you. That is special.”
The award was presented to Mungara today (July 31) at the association’s annual conference in Fort Lauderdale.
Photo showsPhoto courtesy of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County.
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