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. This grant provides support for continuing implementation of the South Carolina Commun-I-Care project. The project is modeled after a project which was started in Kentucky and is designed to encourage physicians to volunteer in providing care to the poor. Commun-I-Care was initiated in 1993 and to date approximately 530 physicians have been recruited and 4 health clinics are accepting Commun-I-Care referrals. Two major drug companies agreed to provide drugs free of charge to patients participating in the program and who cannot afford to fill their prescriptions. Outreach to improve immunization rates is well underway. Future activities will include recruitment of dentists, assessment of the needs of AIDS patients, integration of nurses and nurse practitioners to serve in rural areas, formation of task force to further remove barriers to care, and introduction of home health services. Foundation funds will support staff, marketing/outreach efforts and the AIDS assessment study.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $100,000.00

Awarded on: 7/29/1994

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

Grant Number: 24560


Palmetto Project Inc.

P.O. Box 506
Charleston, 29402-0506


Bartolo M. Barone
Project Director