Niños Health Presents

¡La Feria in Melbourne!

Enjoy an exclusive Flamenco Show plus Ember & Oak’s premiere wine tasting experience and cuisine while giving back to the community!
Spanish Carnaval in Melbourne! Join the feria by wearing your flamenco skirt, flowers, fans or Spanish sombreros! Live Flamenco Show with Luis Alfredo & the Rumba Brothers plus bailaores! Enjoy the flamenco dancing and Latin-music entertainment!
Wine Tasting – Discover new wines at our stations that showcase the variety offered by Spanish regions, Sangria Station, and unique cocktails. Delicious Spanish Tapas Menu
Meet Chef & Owner Kevin Andersen and Dr. Cristi Salinas

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Care is costly

48% of children in Florida have government insurance such as Medicaid, CMS, CHIP or have no insurance. These programs do not pay or reimburse for neuropsychological services such as diagnostic testing.

Today children wait 2-3 years on average after exhibiting initial symptoms for the proper diagnosis. Delayed diagnosis compounds existing problems which often leads to more intensive and costly treatment. Limited prevention and comprehensive mental health programs exist in Central Florida, inhibiting long-term social, emotional, and mental well being.

Often, children with chronic medical conditions such as epilepsy, cancer, and brain injury have access to expensive medical procedures to keep them alive and survive but there are limited resources for mental health and academics, reducing quality of life. Limited access to behavioral health means that children with neurodevelopmental delays, learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism, anxiety, and depression get delayed or inadequate diagnosis or treatment, leading to poor educational, social, emotional, and employment outcomes.

What do 48 of every 100 kids in Florida have in common?

What do 48 of every 100 kids in Brevard have in common?

They are underinsured and lack access to Neuropsychological care.
Together, we can change that.

Sponsors

Support CARE FOR ALL KIDS!

Why Support Niños Health?

We deliver probono immigration evaluations and low-cost, culturally responsive diagnostics for racial/ethnic minority youth online and in the community. Florida’s majority under 70 are now people of color, 1 in 3 Floridians speak a language other than English (more than 1/2 speak Spanish in areas such as Osceola and Miami-Dade County), half of children are underinsured, 10% of families live below poverty level, there are few linguistically and culturally diverse neuropsychologists, and the typical clinical workflow is time intensive. These factors leave children behind with no or delayed diagnosis. Latinos with complex brain conditions such as epilepsy have limited access to a Spanish-speaking neuropsychologist to evaluate their memory or thinking abilities to determine their risk for cognitive decline with brain surgery. Partnering with the community and technologists, Dr. Cristi learned methods to reduce waiting times from months to a 3 day appointment time. She launched a Screen to Treat Campaign offering 250+ FREE mobile screenings to children in Central Florida since 2018. 98.5% of children who received these mental health screenings received an Individualized Education Plan at school or follow-up treatment within 2 months. Niños Health needs $60,000 to serve 250 patients. Each $250 donation will contribute to a patient receiving a diagnosis. Your donation will support a postdoctoral fellow in neuropsychology. You will be contributing to the training of the next generation of future bilingual doctors who can serve our diverse communities. Together, we can use neuropsychology to make a positive impact on society!

CARE FOR ALL KIDS Screen & Treat Campaign

Our goal is $60,000 in 2022

Niños Health will bring rapid access to care by developing a technology platform so that mental health and neuropsychological screenings can be widely available at community events and in a newly developed clinic.

Past Events

Angst Event Presenting Sponsor

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Community Partners

Dr. Kim and Mr. Bud Deffebach

Friends of Niños Health

Blue View Inn

See how many children struggle in Brevard

= 1000 kids, Brevard = 110,000 kids
ADHD: 10,000+
Developmental Delay: 7,400+
Brain Injury/Concussion: 7,100+
Oppositional Defiant Disorder: 6,000+
Learning Disability: 4,200+
Anxiety: 4,100+
Depression: 2,700+
Autism: 1,600+
Epilepsy: 650+
Tourette’s: 600+
Cancer: 15+

Support Niños Health so you can help us bring innovative care to the kids in our community!

Support Niños Health

Your charitable donation makes quality CARE FOR ALL KIDS in our community possible.

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Mission

Niños health is a network of specialized experts and partners that delivers innovative, culturally responsive care for children and families who are struggling with conditions that affect cognitive, behavioral, emotional, physical and social development.
We are committed to instilling hope for a sustainable future for children and families by providing the highest standard of care and training, advancing high impact science of the developing brain, offering online resources, reducing stigma, and empowering parents, teachers, professionals, legislators and communities to support their needs.

Vision

To create a socially responsive and sustainable community by rapidly delivering high-quality care to children and families who struggle with conditions that affect development.

Meet our Board

Kyle Heinly

Director, Art Neuro Program

Outsider Abstract Artist, Off Center Gallery

Born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy

Jessica Neal

Director, Design & Marketing

VLicensed Interior Designer & Founder | Unite Design Co

Aaron Thalwitzer

Director, Legal

Attorney at Law, Gordon & Thalwitzer

Scientific Research Council

Veronica Bordes Edgar, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

University of Texas Southwestern

Nationally Respected Bilingual Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Beatriz (Tish) MacDonald, Ph.D

University of New Mexico

Nationally Respected Bilingual Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla, Ph.D.

Basque Foundation for Science, Spain

Biocruces Bizkaia Health Research Institute International Expert in Traumatic Brain Injury & Neurorehabilitation

William MacAllister, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Alberta Children's Hospital, Canada

International expert in pediatric epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and multiple sclerosis.

Niños Health is Committed to Care for ALL Kids

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