Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) received grants from AllOne Foundation and from AllOne Charities:
The Foundation granted VIM $120,000 for treating and healing patients with behavioral health services, medications, testing, dental care, eye care, specialty services, case management and preventative care for over 2,000 patients annually that don’t have health insurance. In particular, the Health Equity program concentrates on social determinants of health and provides wrap around services by helping patients with transportation, jobs, housing and food insecurity. Women’s health is also a core service giving mammograms, ultrasounds, pathology and biopsies free to the patient but a cost to VIM.
The Charities granted $15,000 to equip the clinic with professional, official translation services. An ipad is provided to the clinician and instantly a real translator appears on the screen and interprets real time between the patient and the provider. 34% of their patients are not English speaking and the inability to communicate in the patient’s language, can have dire consequences both for the patient and the clinician.
Photo (left to right): John Cosgrove, Dr. Frances Feudale, Medical Director at VIM; Kelly Ranieli, Executive Director at VIM and Mary Carroll Donahoe.