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Family Medicine Supports Community through Food and Clothing Pantries and Fundraisers
What began as Family Medicine's "Adopt a Family" program at Christmas-time has become an on-going project to provide food and clothing to University Family Physicians patients who are experiencing hardships. The Department of Family Medicine recently established a Community Outreach Committee to oversee new food and clothing pantries and determine families who may best benefit from these donations. The committee is also organizing activities to support local causes. In addition to organizing teams for runs and walks, they have established "Dress Down Fridays," which lets staff wear UFP tee shirts for a $1 donation that will support causes such as The American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women," March of Dimes, Alzheimer's Tennessee and the American Diabetes Association.
Kelly McDaniel, Administrative Director, said, "As a Family Medicine practice we see patients from all walks of life with many different health-related and social issues. Supporting local organizations is our way of also helping our patients, friends and families. The neat thing for me is to see how our staff has taken the initiative, time and organization to make these things happen with the fundraisers and in the creation of the food and clothing pantry. What started as a team building process has become so much more."
Sue Valicenti-Dosch, Co-Chair of the Community Outreach Committee with Lucky Morton, LPN, said the food and clothing pantries were founded after Christmas gifts were given to a patient and her family who had more than medical needs. She said the committee sees the pantries as another way for UFP staff to treat the "whole" patient. They have not yet established guidelines for providing assistance and have asked staff to recommend patients that may have needs.
Committee member Victoria Coy is spearheading donation efforts. Collection boxes are located in the UFP break room on the first floor of the GSM building. She has also been targeting community businesses, already receiving donations from Pilot on Asheville Highway where she also has collection boxes set up.
Coy said, "Right now we are collecting whatever we can just to get the pantry stocked. Then as we get more organized, we will hope to target seasonal items, like back-to-school supplies."
With Valincenti-Dosch, Morton and Coy, committee members are Kimberly Cook, Dr. Obaydah AbdurRaqeeb, Dr. Jennifer McHardy, Elizabeth Carroll, Carla Johnson, Melissa Mincey, LPN, Lynn Lowery, Kimberly Rose and Lisa Stephens.
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