Individuals & Families with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Healthcare Providers & Community Agencies

About the Program

Community paramedicine allows paramedics to operate in expanded roles by assisting with public health, primary healthcare and preventive services to underserved populations in the community. Primary goals of community paramedicine programs are to improve access to care, reduce barriers to care and decrease costs of healthcare services.

Community Paramedics in Orange County, Florida serve persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.
Community Paramedics’ visits include a basic health assessment, safety assessment of their living environment, education about and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine or booster.

This is a pilot project funded in part through the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council and the federal Administration for Community Living to help Floridians with I/DD and their families access health assessments and obtain a COVID vaccine or booster if interested. The program has a Medical Director overseeing this initiative.

The Partnership

The Community Paramedics program is a nonprofit partnership spearheaded by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, WellFlorida Council and Health Council of East Central Florida. It is funded in part by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. and the Administration for Community Living. Paramedic services are provided by Care-A-Medix, a program of the Health Council of East Central Florida.