Amerigroup Georgia Funds $90,000 in Grant Sponsorships to MSM H.E.A.L Clinic, Telehealth Kits, and NCRN Rural Community Health Technology Mobilization
Atlanta, GA – Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) announced today that Amerigroup Georgia has funded $90,000 across three grant sponsorships to MSM health equity efforts that support the critical health needs of underserved, vulnerable Georgians.
This investment expands both the Morehouse School of Medicine H.E.A.L student-run Clinic and the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) Rural Community Health Technology Mobilization programs at Morehouse School of Medicine and funded 50 telehealth kits.
H.E.A.L Clinic. Grants from Amerigroup totaling $40,000 are allocated to the Morehouse School of Medicine H.E.A.L student-run Clinic, a free health and wellness program offered through Morehouse School of Medicine to serve the underserved, homeless, and uninsured. The clinic strives to provide concise patient education to promote disease prevention and intends to increase the diversity of healthcare through clinical experience and dynamic medical training.
NCRN Rural Community Health Technology Mobilization. Amerigroup donated $50,000 to the NCRN Rural Community Health Technology Mobilization to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minority, rural, and socially vulnerable populations throughout Georgia using technology to increase access to healthcare. MSM created NCRN to provide those disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 and other pandemics and disasters, access to personalized information, support, and resources.
Telehealth kits. These kits contain the essentials needed to remotely assess and diagnose a patient if they cannot visit a clinician for in-person care. They include a blood pressure monitor, digital thermometer, oximeter, tape measure, soap sheets and hand sanitizer. Amerigroup’s donation of 50 telehealth kits to Dr. Christopher Ervin of the Morehouse School of Medicine will help to further the reach of Morehouse’s NCRN program during the pandemic.
“These past two years have been a time of continued challenges related to COVID-19, which have amplified existing needs and health disparities across Georgia,” said Dr. William Alexander, Chief Medical Officer, Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia. “Amerigroup Georgia is committed to materially and measurably improving the lives of fellow Georgians and with these investments to Morehouse, we can have an impact on improving health equity and access to critical health services for those who are underserved throughout the state.”
“Morehouse School of Medicine’s mission has always been to advance health equity, and to provide the care the traditionally underserved needs, in the amount and in the way they need it,” said Harvey Green, senior vice president for Institutional Advancement and Development for Morehouse School of Medicine. “But we cannot do this important work alone, especially in light of a global pandemic. It’s through partnerships with organizations such as Amerigroup Georgia that allows us to do what we do best.”
About Morehouse School of Medicine
Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians, biomedical scientists, and public health professionals. An independent and private historically-Black medical school, MSM was recognized by the Annals of Internal Medicine as the nation’s number one medical school in fulfilling a social mission—the creation and advancement of health equity. MSM faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care. MSM is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and master’s degrees. To learn more about programs and donate today, please visit www.msm.edu or call 404-752-1500.
About Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia
Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia helps improve health care access and quality for more than 500,000 low-income Georgians by developing innovative care management programs and services. Members are assured care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered. Amerigroup Georgia provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their health care. Through health education programs, members are empowered to choose and sustain a healthy lifestyle. For more information about Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia, visit www.myamerigroup.com/ga.
Nicole V. Linton
Morehouse School of Medicine