Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012
News for Senior and Retired Physicians
Volunteers in Medicine clinics receive AMA Foundation grants
Two physician-led clinics that rely on retired medical professionals to provide quality health care services are among 15 free clinics from across the country to receive $10,000 to $25,000 grants as part of the AMA Foundation's Healthy Communities/Healthy America program.
The two clinics—one in El Cajon, Calif., and another in Cape May Courthouse, N.J.—are part of the Volunteers in Medicine organization, which emphasizes the use of retired medical professionals and community volunteers to deliver care to the working uninsured. The grant projects focus on nutrition education and diabetes education and management.
The El Cajon clinic received a $25,000 grant to establish a community garden and create a small food pantry to house fresh produce, among other projects. In Cape May Courthouse, where diabetes is the most pressing chronic health condition facing the clinic's clients, the clinic received a $7,109 grant to support a new volunteer orientation, along with periodic special trainings, to ensure that all volunteers will know all protocols for patient-centered diabetic care.
Robert E. Bowers, MD, received the Jack B. McConnell, MD, Award—one of the AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Awards—last year for his service to the Volunteers in Medicine clinic in Chattanooga, Tenn. View a video chronicling Dr. Bowers' efforts.
The Healthy Communities/Healthy America grant program provides a unique opportunity for free clinics to gain resources and national recognition, increasing access to health care in communities across the nation. Clinics report a rise in visibility, volunteers and community partnerships after receiving the grant, and more than half of recipients report that they are able to use the grant for more funding.
Learn more about the Healthy Communities/Healthy America program and view summaries of each grant project. Also, please consider making a gift to help free clinics continue to serve the underserved and provide innovative programs for their patients.
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