WCMS Provides Healthy Food Boxes to Project Access® Patients

Asheville, NC Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) and Project Access® are pleased to announce a new initiative to support Project Access patients living with Type 2 diabetes. The Access to Diabetes Support for Project Access Patients will enable WCMS to bring Healthy Food Boxes to eligible patients. WCMS is working with community partner MANNA Foodbank on this project. This work is supported by an $20,000 grant from the Helen A. Powers Fund.

“The Helen A. Powers Fund’s investment gives us another tool to support our Project Access patients with diabetes better manage their health,” says Elisa Quarles, CEO of WCMS. “This support will allow us to provide our diabetic patients with additional and necessary resources.”

WCMS’ Project Access provides free or low-cost comprehensive medical care to low-income, uninsured individuals, ranging from specialty care, inpatient surgeries, mental health and medications to interpreter services as well as referrals and navigation for socio-economic resources.

Many Project Access patients we serve have diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes is associated with serious complications including heart disease, hypertension, stroke, vision loss, kidney failure, nerve damage, depression, and hearing loss. Healthy eating is one of the self-management behaviors for people with diabetes. Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between the level of self-management and people living with diabetes under control. Project Access continues to focus on innovative ways to help patients with Type 2 diabetes better control their diabetes

The Western Carolina Medical Society’s mission is to advocate for healthy communities, increase access to affordable healthcare, fight health inequities, and promote wellness in WNC. Since 1885, WCMS has been highly respected for its leadership and innovation in addressing issues of access to affordable health care, disparities in health, and wellness promotion. Throughout its history, WCMS has been at the forefront of working collaboratively with area organizations to address the health challenges facing our community’s residents.

For more information about the Western Carolina Medical Society contact Amy Barcomb, Director of Development at 828-274-2267 or amy@mywcms.org or visit www.mywcms.org.


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