The American Medical Association Foundation has awarded a $10,000 â€œHealthy Communities/Healthy Americaâ€ grant to the Free Medical Clinic in Oak Ridge. The grant will be used to support a two-year program that identifies and provides early intervention for prediabetic patients, a press release said.
By completing the lifestyle intervention program, participants should lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health, the release said. The prediabetes initiative will run in conjuction with the â€œHealthy Habits, Healthy Livesâ€ wellness program that the clinic began this fall. The wellness program is supported by a three-year grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation.
In the press release, FMC Executive Director Teresa Brittain said the clinic is excited about the new partnerships with the AMA Foundation and with the BCBS Foundation. Brittain said the prediabetic and wellness programs are furthering the clinicâ€™s mission to give patients the tools and knowledge they need to take more responsibility for their health and well-being.
The Free Medical Clinic serves low-income, uninsured patients from Anderson, Morgan, and Roane Counties. It is located at 116 East Division Road in Oak Ridge and is open Monday through Friday. For more information, visit the clinicâ€™s website at www.fmcor.org or call (865) 483-3904.