Project Access receives two years of grant funding from The Duke Endowment

May 27, 2020

May 26, 2020, Asheville, NC- The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) based in Asheville, NC recently was awarded $500,000 from the Duke Endowment over a two -year period for its Project Access® (PA) program. The Duke Endowment supports thirty (30) similar sites across North and South Carolina and has been a long-time supporter of WCMSF’s Project Access program. The grant supporting the WCMSF’s PA program will primarily be directed towards co-location of PA staff at area clinics to allow for increased screening and enrollment rates.

Project Access is a nationally replicated physician volunteer initiative providing access to comprehensive medical care for low-income uninsured Buncombe and Madison County residents since 1996. On average, more than 2,500 low-income individuals in Buncombe and Madison Counties receive healthcare through Project Access on an annual basis. Overall, more than 67,000 patients have been served by Process Access resulting in over $178 million in charity care. Additionally, Project Access screens and refers enrollees for social determinants of health.

“Our goal with this grant support is to continue co-locating Project Access staff at community health centers such as Minnie Jones, Dale Fell, Hot Springs Health Program, and ABCCM so that we can directly increase the enrollment rates of uninsured patients into the safety network” notes Miriam Schwarz, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of WCMS. She adds, “Expanded access to health care and socio-economic services is desperately needed as an ever increasing number of western North Carolinians experience unemployment, lack of health insurance, food and housing insecurity, domestic violence, and lack of transportation. We are grateful to The Duke Endowment for their generous and continued support of Project Access.”

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