Two VIM America clinics were recipients of 2020 funding from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation, through their Family Medicine Cares USA grant program:
Volunteers in Medicine Christian County (VIMCC) is a new clinic site soon to open in Nixa, Missouri. VIMCC received $25,000 to purchase equipment, supplies, and PPE, which will enable them to see uninsured patients at local churches, food banks, and other community partner locations.
According to Dr. Rachelene Middleton, VIMCC Medical Director, the grant will help to purchase durable, sustainable equipment and instruments necessary for primary care diagnosis and treatment in Christian County. “We are honored that the AAFP Foundation has chosen to fund the mission of VIMCC through their FMC USA New Clinic Grant award. This speaks to the Foundation’s commitment to community health, and will allow low-income, uninsured adults in Christian County access to quality compassionate healthcare.” For more information see https://vimchristiancounty.org/
VIM New Braunfels Christian Ministries is an existing clinic in New Braunfels, Texas that also received a grant from the Foundation for $9,983 for essential equipment and supplies, including wall mount vital signs monitors, handheld doppler, temporal thermometer, head mount magnifier, blood pressure monitors, blood glucose monitoring systems and one tablet and keyboard. The clinic provides primary medical care & basic dental care at no cost to uninsured residents. Thus far in 2020, VIM staff and volunteers have partnered with patients at over 4,200 medical and dental appointments and over 500 specialty referral appointments. For more information see https://nbcm.org/vim
Grant funds are provided by the AAFP Foundation from the donations of AAFP members. New clinic grants are made annually to developing clinics in the Volunteers in Medicine America pipeline, with awards up to $25,000. Grants for existing clinics are also made annually to provide one-time reimbursement for the purchase of durable medical equipment and instruments for the diagnosis and treatment of primary care patients, up to $10,000. For more information see https://www.aafpfoundation.org/our-programs/humanitarian-initiatives/family-medicine-cares-usa.html Thank you to the AAFP Foundation for their support of Volunteers in Medicine America affiliates!