05.28.20 Communities

Equipping our Community Health Partners during COVID-19

The AMA Foundation has a long history of partnering with organizations across the country to improve the health of our most vulnerable populations. This past year, the Foundation partnered with eleven free-health clinics focused on the prevention and treatment of type-II diabetes and hypertension. In support of their COVID-19 efforts, we provided them with the opportunity to reallocate $250,000 in funding to best serve their patients and communities during this pandemic.

“Thank you for allowing us to reallocate funding,” said Corinne Hanson, Chief Development Officer at La Maestra Community
Health Centers in San Diego. “This is very much needed in our health center. We cannot find enough personal protective
equipment for our staff.”

Thanks to an in-kind donor, the Foundation also organized the delivery of 10,000 masks to five of these 11 clinics who needed
PPE. In addition, the Foundation sent them additional program tools, including COVID-19 related web-based resources
provided by the AMA.

Thank you to our corporate and individual donors, who make efforts like these possible! Here’s a sampling of additional thank
you notes we have received:

  • “Thank you, thank you so much for your generous donation. We received the masks yesterday, and we are so
    appreciative…with generous donations like yours, we will be able to maintain needed PPE for our staff.
  • “A huge thank you to AMAF – we sincerely appreciate this very generous gift. These masks will go a long way in our
    clinic during this challenging time.
  • “Thank you so much. We truly appreciate the support and additional resources. This network is so invaluable
    in the current crisis we are all facing together.”

Even in the face of a global pandemic, our Community Health Partners have remained steadfast in their effort to educate serve uninsured patient communities in the treatment and prevention of type-II diabetes and hypertension in addition to providing COVID-19 specific support.

To-date, our Community Health Partners have:

  • Provided type-II diabetes and hypertension education and screenings to 21,250 individuals and enrolled 2,865 into a chronic disease prevention/management program.
  • Created educational materials and translated into: Arabic, Bosnian, Cantonese, English, Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Mandarin, Russian and Vietnamese.
  • 93% of hypertensive program participants lowered their blood pressure.
  • 98% of pre-diabetes program participants lowered or maintained their A1C levels.


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