The advances the values of family medicine by promoting humanitarian, educational, and scientific initiatives that improve the health of all people. To that end, the academy is accepting applications for its Family Medicine Cares USA program.
Launched in 2011, the program is designed to help new and existing free clinics care for the uninsured in areas of need across the United States by providing new grants of up to $10,000 for the purchase of tangible items such as exam tables, EHR systems, and medical equipment. Family Medicine Cares USA also gives AAFP members, residents, and students the opportunity to volunteer their time and talents.
As of December 31, 2017, the program had awarded a total of $415,829 to fourteen new clinics and twenty-four existing clinics. Those clinics have reported more than 111,000 patient visits totaling over $42,000,000 in health care services since the program's inception.
To be eligible, applicants must be a new clinic nearing completion of the Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) clinic development process and have an AAFP member in a leadership role. Primary consideration will be given to clinics with an AAFP member serving as medical director and to those who have family medicine residents and/or medical students involved as volunteers.
See the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation website for complete program guidelines, a fact sheet, and application instructions.