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 main objective of this project is to develop a health care system to provide continuous care to all newborns and infants in Montgomery County, Alabama. The grantee will build on previous experience to coordinate the following activities during the planning period: (1) recruit physicians to provide care to underserved children; (2) gather information regarding the system of care available to children and the extent of the discontinuity of care; and (3) design and test a plan to provide tracking, care coordination and education to families. The private physician network will complement services available through the Montgomery County Health Department, the community health clinic and local hospitals. In addition, the project staff will work with the Health Department and clinic to expand their services to include night, weekend and hospital coverage. It is expected that each child enrolled in the system will have a "medical home." Foundation funds will support staff, supplies and needed computer equipment.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $94,858.00

Awarded on: 7/29/1994

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

Grant Number: 24551


Gift of Life Foundation

1348 Carmichael Way
Montgomery, 36106-3694


J. Robert Beshear
Project Director


Albert Z. Holloway
Project Director