Project Access® Receives Emergency and Disaster Relief Grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

May 1, 2020

Grant addresses need for increased screening and enrollment into Project Access® and for resources addressing the social determinants of health

April 29, 2020 Asheville, NC- The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) based in Asheville, NC recently was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) based in Asheville. The grant was issued as part of the CFWNC’s Emergency and Disaster Relief response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The grant will provide additional staffing support for Project Access® (PA) as WCMSF anticipates an increased demand for PA services. WCMSF is also anticipating a significant demand for referral and navigation assistance for resources that address the social determinants of health. Currently, PA staff are able to assist patients with obtaining resources for food insecurity, housing/utility payment challenges, transportation, employment and interpersonal safety. The demand for these resources is expected to climb throughout the COVID-19 crisis as a result of mass layoffs in the region. The funds provided by the CFWNC will allow PA staff to temporarily increase screening and referral demands in order to get people in our community the resources they need.

Mariela Solano, Director of Health Access and Equity Programs at WCMSF notes, “We are grateful for the continuous generosity and support from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. This additional funding will allow us to continue meeting the medical and socio-economic needs of the communities we serve through an incredibly difficult time. It is of the utmost importance at WCMSF that we continue fulfilling our mission of increasing access to healthcare, fighting inequities and promoting wellness among our WNC community. This grant will help us do that, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.”

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