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Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

News for Senior and Retired Physicians

AMA Foundation awards grants to outstanding free clinics

AMA Foundation awards grants to outstanding free clinics

The AMA Foundation has awarded five free clinics with $10,000 grants through its Healthy Communities/Healthy America program. This program supports the efforts of senior physicians and other volunteers at free clinics who provide high-quality, affordable medical care.

With the support of Lilly USA, LLC, each of the following free clinics will receive a $10,000 grant to implement diabetes education and self-management projects:

  • The Health Wagon, Inc. in Wise, Va.
  • Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center in Steubenville, Ohio
  • Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics in Port Angeles, Wash.
  • Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Volunteers in Medicine Wilkes-Barre in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Free clinics are volunteer-based organizations that provide medical services to economically disadvantaged individuals. These clinics serve as community safety nets by providing care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. According to the Congressional Budget Office, even after full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there may be as many as 29 million people who are still without access to health insurance.

Combined, these five clinics rely on more than 1,300 volunteers—including 87 physicians—to provide medical care to economically disadvantaged people in their communities.

Florence Jameson, MD, founder of the Nevada clinic, said it "prides itself on bringing health care solutions to all of our patients in a caring and encouraging environment. Thanks to the generosity of partners like the AMA Foundation, our diabetes program will empower more patients to improve their quality of life and help provide valuable experience for professionals in our medical community."

The AMA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is dedicated to advancing public health and medical scholarship through philanthropic support of physician-directed initiatives.

Read a recent story in AMA Wire to learn more about the AMA's work to address type 2 diabetes through its Improving Health Outcomes initiative.

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