The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation has announced the 2013 Healthy Communities/Healthy America Grant Program. The AMA Foundation recognizes that access to quality health care is essential to helping communities thrive. In an effort to meet the needs of children and families that are uninsured, many communities have started free clinics that offer free or low-cost health care. According to the AMA Foundation, a recent AmeriCares survey found that 89 percent of the nation's free clinics have seen a steady rise in patient visits within the past three years, and that increased demand and resource constraints have forced 56 percent of these clinics to turn away eligible patients.
The AMA Foundation has responded to the increasing need for resources by creating the Healthy Communities/Healthy America Grant Program and, to date, has awarded over $1 million to 56 free clinics across the country. This year, the Healthy Communities/Healthy America Grant Program will support clinics that are developing a diabetes management or education project – a critical need in several communities throughout the nation.
Grant applications are due March 15th. Awards will range from $10,000-$25,000. For more information about the Healthy Communities/Healthy America program, including information about past recipients, please click here.