P.E.A.C.E Match Event
Patient Education, Advocacy and Community Engagement
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It has been said that “he who enjoys good health is rich, though he knows it not,” and that perfectly describes the generous $100k Matching Challenge Grant philanthropist Delores Barr Weaver awarded to Volunteers in Medicine - Jacksonville.
Funds generated from Mrs. Weaver’s matching challenge grant will support a brand new initiative entitled the P.E.A.C.E. Project (Patient Education, Advocacy and Community Engagement). Serving a culturally diverse population of patients at the downtown FREE clinic, many of whom speak English as a second language, the board of directors identified a critical need for a more customized and community embedded approach to patient education, acquisition and community engagement. “Our message of help is not one that can be delivered in a single sound bite – it entails a more personal exchange of information, a diversified approach to the delivery of information, and the development of language-specific patient education and marketing materials,” said Helen Morse, Volunteers in Medicine board chair. “The funds raised as a result of this wonderful challenge grant will support a full time position that will largely be embedded in our neighborhoods, places of worship, schools, community events and most importantly our hospital emergency rooms. We believe that this position will result not only in greater awareness of our programs and services, but will increase the number of patients we can treat at our clinic and keep out of hospital emergency rooms. This represents a significant savings to hospitals and to taxpayers and allows our hospitals to focus on those patients requiring more urgent and advanced care,” she concluded
“Good health is vital to, and cannot be under-estimated in, the overall success and well-being of our community,” said Mrs. Weaver. “If you have good health, you are blessed,” she continued.