KFMC Awards Grants for Health-Related Projects

Grants to help Community Health, Homeless Youth, Uninsured Families and Children with Cancer

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LOUISVILLE, KY--The Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care, the charitable arm of the Kentucky Medical Association, has awarded four $2,500 grants to address health care needs of a population in need. The grants were recommended by KMA members who have completed the Association's Community Connector Leadership Program and are recognized as KMA Community Connectors.

Two grants will fund projects in Paducah and two will fund projects in Louisville. The projects have a range of objectives, but all address health care needs of a designated population..

“The projects these organizations have planned meet all the criteria of the Foundation’s goals – to improve the health of Kentuckians through education and public health initiatives,” said James Beattie, M.D., of Bowling Green, president of the KFMC board. “We are pleased to be associated with projects that will help a diverse group of Kentuckians improve their lives through positive health care-related experiences.”

Evelyn Montgomery Jones, M.D., a Paducah dermatologist, supported a grant request to bring Tony Buettner, who leads business development for Blue Zones, to Paducah to address local leaders about initiating a Blue Zones makeover of the city in an effort to improve public health. The goal of the group is to optimize the public surroundings to help people live longer, better lives. Blue Zones is applying the tenets of some of the world’s longest-lived cultures to 29 cities throughout the U.S. “The Blue Zones Project is a proven strategy to improve health in a community,” Dr. Jones said in her recommendation for the project. “With the overall health status in our state, I have become more passionate about lifestyle and behavioral choices that can improve the health of my patients and other citizens in my community.”

The Coalition for the Homeless of Louisville will use grant funds to help homeless youth ages 18 to 24 in Louisville move into a home of their own through the Rx: Housing Fund, which covers the costs of security deposits, furniture and household items. Vaughn Payne, M.D., of Louisville, medical director for CareSource and a member of the board of directors for the Coalition, said he had long been aware of the health needs of people in poverty, but became aware of the significant issues facing homeless people, especially children. “It is well documented that homeless children have a greater number of physical and mental health problems than their housed counterparts,” he wrote in his recommendation for the grant.

Family Community Clinic Inc. of Louisville will use the grant to provide point of care laboratory tests to uninsured patients in Louisville. The clinic, which provides health care to the uninsured, currently outsources lab tests, which can cost between $35 and $100 per test per patient. Bringing those lab tests in house will allow the clinic to provide more services with the reduction in cost to about $10 per test. Fred Williams, M.D., a Louisville endocrinologist, became aware of the Clinic through another KMA member and founding board member of the Clinic. “FCC is a precious resource for the uninsured working poor in the Louisville area,” Dr. Williams wrote in his recommendation. “It is staffed primarily by volunteers, many of whom are also KMA members. The charitable work which is carried out there is funded by donations and the grant … will contribute greatly to providing quality health care to the wonderful patients who are seen there.”

Nate’s Wish Inc. of Paducah will use the grant to expand the program of providing backpacks with books and toys as “encouragement and distraction” to children pediatric cancer patients at the University of Louisville. The organization was formed by the parents of Nate Richard, who was diagnosed at age 5 with ALL—Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, the most common form of childhood leukemia. After Nate died nearly two years into treatment, Jeff and Stacie Richard wanted to help other families dealing with childhood cancer. Shawn Jones, M.D., a Paducah ENT-otolaryngologist, became aware of the organization when he saw Stacie’s father wearing a Nate’s Wish T-shirt and asked him what it was. “Nate’s Wish is an incredible charitable organization which arose from the ashes of despair and desperation experienced by a mother and a father at the loss of their son to cancer,” Dr. Jones said.

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Founded by the Kentucky Medical Association in 1971, the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to improving the health of all Kentuckians through medical education and public health initiatives.

Established in 1851, the Kentucky Medical Association is a professional organization for physicians throughout the Commonwealth. The KMA works on behalf of physicians and the patients they serve to ensure the delivery of quality, affordable health care.

 

Past Community Grant Recipients

2016

Hospice of the Bluegrass received a grant to support The Kitchen Conversation project, featuring a workshop for the communities of Carroll, Owen, Gallatin and surrounding counties with a panel of experts who help the community learn to talk about their wishes for end of life.
Benjamin Kutnicki, MD, a 2015 CCLP participant, was the supporting CCLP member for the grant. 

Supplies Over Seas received a grant to support the biomedical engineer efforts to test all donated medical equipment to ensure it is in good working order before sending it to a community in need.
Gordon Tobin, MD, a 2014 CCLP participant, was previously a board member for Supplies Over Seas.

2015

The Healing Place received a grant to offer outpatient services to clients who demonstrate a problem with drug and/or alcohol use but are not in need of intensive, long-term residential recovery services.
Divya Cantor, MD, a 2014 CCLP participant, serves on the Board of Directors for The Healing Place.

The Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Foundation received a grant to support educational seminars to raise awareness and offer improved access and new treatment options for aortic stenosis.
Jiapeng Huang, MD, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at KYOneHealth led the educational seminar series along with cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. He is a 2014 CCLP participant.