LeFlore welcomed a new doctor to its health clinic last week – Dr. James Toldi of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.
Dr. Toldi, who recently moved to Mobile from southern California, has been in practice for seven years with a background in both family medicine/primary care and sports medicine. As part of a partnership between LeFlore, Mobile County Public Schools as the USA College of Medicine, Dr. Toldi and his residents will staff LeFlore’s health clinic on Thursday mornings, dealing with student and staff healthcare issues and educating about healthy lifestyles, as well as staffing some Rattler sporting events.
Dr. Toldi, who toured the clinic with USA Director of Operations for Family Medicine Anthony Beck last week, said the partnership is part of the College of Medicine residency program’s community outreach.
“This is a big opportunity for us to get to the population, help them out, educate them, help them with this healthcare and their healthy living,” he said. “If we get them at a young age, we can stop some of the disease processes early, get the education in so they don’t get the bad habits ingrained early, so you can get on top of it and we’re more prevention at that point instead of a Band-aid approach.”
The partnership will also provide students in LeFlore’s Health Services Signature Academy with job shadowing opportunities with nurses and medical assistants at USA, Dr. Toldi said.
The health clinic, which serves LeFlore students and faculty, was opened in 2016. LeFlore Principal William Henderson said he believes the partnership between LeFlore and South Alabama will be mutually beneficial.
“We felt like the people in this community, especially our students, were an underserved population as far as healthcare,” he said. “So we thought that having a clinic here would provide another avenue for students to get more immediate quality healthcare. By having a clinic here, it serves a dual purpose because the students are getting healthcare and they can also learn more about healthy lifestyles.”