January 14, 2020
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The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation announces five free health clinics have been selected to receive grant funding through the Family Medicine Cares USA signature program. In total, $75,000 will be awarded to the clinics that provide medical care in underserved communities throughout the United States.
“Free health clinics are a prime example of the value of family medicine to American communities,” said Julie Anderson, MD, president of the AAFP Foundation. “Not only do they provide much needed primary care services to a population with a critical need, but they provide a venue for connecting patients into community resources that can drastically improve access to care. These clinics are great resources that we are proud to support.”
The five free health clinics include both new and existing clinics. Health for All, an existing free health clinic in Bryan, Texas, will receive a grant totaling $6,370. New clinics to receive funding include:
- Clinica Mi Salud, Orlando, Fla. ($24,792)
- St. Peter Community Free Clinic, St. Peter, Minn. ($19,055)
- Clinica del Sur, Ponce, Puerto Rico ($17,265)
- Just in Time Medical Clinic, Maumee, Ohio ($7,518)
The AAFP Foundation partners with Volunteers in Medicine America, a non-profit organization that helps develop sustainable, locally supported free clinics in underserved communities throughout the United States.
“Family Medicine Cares USA reaffirms the commitment of the AAFP Foundation and Volunteers in Medicine America(volunteersinmedicine.org) to support the establishment of many more free clinics in the future,” said Todd Sagin, MD, JD, chairman of the Volunteers in Medicine America Board of Directors. “We are honored to be part of this important initiative that provides primary care to the increasing numbers of uninsured individuals in the United States.”
Grants provided through the Family Medicine Cares USA program are used to purchase durable medical equipment and instruments necessary for primary care diagnosis and treatment. Family Medicine Cares USA also provides volunteer opportunities for physicians from the AAFP’s active, retired, resident and student membership.
About the AAFP Foundation
The Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Its mission is to advance the values of family medicine through humanitarian, educational, and scientific philanthropy dedicated to improving health.
About Volunteers in Medicine America
Volunteers in Medicine America is dedicated to the development of a national network of free clinics emphasizing the use of retired and practicing medical and community volunteers to improve access to health care for America’s uninsured.