AMA employees came together to support their local community as part of “AMA Gives Back,” a week-long fundraiser supporting free community-based clinics in the West Side of Chicago. The AMA’s Enterprise Social Responsibility (ESR), Improving Health Outcomes (IHO), and the Foundation created the virtual fundraiser as part of the AMA’s Employee Appreciation Day.
Employees responded by raising $15,179 in one week to support three free-community clinics through West Side United. AMA ESR and the Foundation both matched donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000 resulting in a total of $35,179 being donated! Rodrigo Sierra, AMA Chief Communications Officer, SVP, shared, “Through the AMA ESR program, and together with the AMA Foundation, our employees demonstrated their generosity and commitment to improving the health of all communities across the nation. We thank you for these actions and dedicate ourselves to reaching our aspirations.”
COVID-19 has affected at-risk and minoritized patient populations at significantly higher rates than other populations. Free community-based clinics offer quality care to these patients and can be their only source of quality care. Due to the ongoing pandemic, donations and volunteer hours are down, limiting these clinic’s ability to serve their communities when they need it most. Because of this support, these clinics are better able to continue providing vital services to community members and help fight COVID-19.
Now, more than ever, we are resolved to improving the public’s health – especially those among us who are most vulnerable. We thank all AMA Employees who generously donated in support of this effort and our valued partners for helping make it possible.