Reach Out: Physicians' Initiative to Expand Care to Underserved Americans

The Foundation's program, Reach Out: Physicians' Initiative to Expand Care to Underserved Americans, was designed to challenge private physicians, working with health departments, hospitals, mid-level practitioners, state agencies, and others, to expand their role in the provision of care to the underserved in their communities.This is 1 of 22 first phase planning grants made under Reach Out: Physicians' Initiative to Expand Care to Underserved Americans. The primary goal of this project is to plan and develop a strategy for expanding the role of private practice physicians in providing services to low-income patients in Buncombe County. This grant provides support for assembly of a planning group consisting of physicians, hospitals, health agencies, underserved residents, government and insurers to refine the objectives of the project. Study groups within the planning group will focus on specific needs of the population, e.g., HIV infected persons, the homeless, chronically mentally ill, high risk adolescents to determine the barriers to care and to develop a plan to address the unmet needs. Emphasis will be placed on recruiting a large number of physicians and coordinating their efforts with local hospitals and the business community. A locums tenems program will serve as an incentive by providing relief for physicians who attend out of town education events. A health education/prevention program will be implemented. Foundation funds will support staff who will implement the project.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $99,989.00

Awarded on: 7/29/1994

Time frame: 8/1/1994 - 7/31/1995

Grant Number: 24547


Buncombe County Medical Society

304 Summit Street
Asheville, 28803-2725


Philip C. Davis
Project Director