Salud Sin Fronteras, a Volunteers in Medicine clinic located in El Paso, Texas, has received a Family Medicine Cares USA “new” clinic award from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation. Students and faculty at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of El Paso launched Salud Sin Fronteras (Health Without Borders) with assistance from VIM national office.
Medical Director Dr. Charmaine Martin spearheaded the clinic as part of a program in the Department of Primary Medicine designed to spark medical students’ interest in primary care while exposing them to the underserved community of migrant farmers and other uninsured populations.
Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine in Indio, California, received a Family Medicine Cares USA “existing” clinic award. Started in 2010, the clinic offers medical and dental services at no cost to adults without access to insurance in the Coachella Valley.
The Family Medicine Cares USA program helps to sustain free clinics where retired and active family medical physicians, residents and medical students can serve neighbors in need. Since its inception in 2011, the program has granted over $400,000 to clinics for the purchase of tangible items like exam tables, electronic health record systems and medical equipment. New clinic grants are exclusively available to communities that have completed Volunteers in Medicine’s tested model for clinic development. A total of 18 Volunteers in Medicine clinics have received an award.
To learn more about the AAFP Foundation grant program, visit Family Medicine Cares USA. For information about the Indio clinic, visit Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine and for information about Salud Sin Fronteras, please call (915) 215-4665. A complete list of Volunteers in Medicine clinics can be found on the VIM Clinic Directory.