Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Benefit & Donations Needed for Shade Tree Family Clinic (Nashville)

The Shade Tree Family Clinic is a free walk-in clinic in East Nashville run by (supervised) Vanderbilt medical students "to address the acute and chronic health needs of uninsured and underinsured patients in the East Nashville area."

The clinic, located at 222 Grace Street, open from 12-4 on Saturdays and 6-9PM on Tuesdays, provides the following free services: sick care; blood pressure care; child physical exams; diabetes management; adult physical exams; STD testing; teen care; HIV testing; medications; birth control; lab testing. A community survey was conducted to assess healthcare needs before the clinic opened, which found that "35 percent of community respondents indicated they had no health insurance, 49 percent used the emergency room for primary care, and 14 percent chose not to seek treatment of any kind for a non-emergency health problem."

There are two ways you can currently support the Shade Tree Family Clinic
If you're in the Vanderbilt community:
A Wing-A-Thon is being held on Friday night, with teams of 1st and 2nd-year medical students facing off to see who can eat the most wings, with music provided by VMS’s own Shun Minutiae. Individuals can pledge to donate $X per wing eaten; the goal is to raise $2,000 for the clinic. The event will take place in the Light Hall student lounge at 8:15 PM this Friday, March 23rd. Via personal communication, organizer Jordan Yokley indicated that those pledging a per-wing donation should expect ~350-400 wings to be consumed. Flat donations will also be accepted and appreciated. VUMC folks should contact Jordan to make a pledge or donation (look it up in PeopleFinder).

Make a Donation:
The Shade Tree Family Clinic, incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, accepts monetary and medical supply/pharmaceutical donations. A wish list for the clinic will be available soon.

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