Mission: Improve community health & wellness, access to care for all, and support for physicians through engaged volunteerism.
Programs: The foundation's program consist of the following three initiatives:project access san diegothe foundation is in support of local organizations that provide direct care to the neediest of our community. By recruiting physicians who wish to donate thier services, helping to connect the needy to low-cost special care, or providing direct financial support to these organizations. The foundation is committed to playing an active role in solving this community-wide problem. The foundation recruited over 600 physicians who provided donated services directly to local organizations totaling $1,386,418 for the year ended september 30, 2014. The 2014 pro bono care has been included in income and expenses and are normalized at medicare rates. Contract servicesthe foundation provides support for physicians through technical assistance for the adoption of electronic health records. Medical student supportby expanding the original mission of the organization, the foundation provides scholarships to medical students and new residents serving in san diego county.
I am a primary care MD in a Community Health Center. All of our patients are at or below the 200% of Federal Poverty Level, and more than 1/3 have no health insurance at all. One of the most frustrating, disheartening, and demoralizing things that happens to me almost daily is to know what a patient needs and not be able to offer it to them because they are poor, or to offer it and have them tell me 'no thanks, i cannot afford it'. Sometimes these are life-or-death decisions. Having Project Access has been a great thing for both the patients and the primary care physicians treating them- now, when we previously had nothing to offer, we can offer hope and a tangible result that many times is life-saving or life-changing.
Two of my patients have literally had their lives saved by Project Access, and many more of my patients have avoided permanent disfugurement, morbidity, and/or severe pain due to Project Access. They are a godsend!