Institute for Family Medicine recognized for demonstrating innovative solutions in health care

ST. LOUIS, March 8, 2013 – The Institute for Family Medicine will receive a FOCUS St. Louis What’s Right with the Region! award at Sheldon Concert Hall, May 9, for Demonstrating Innovative Solutions to providing health care for St. Louis’ disadvantaged and underserved.

The award honors organizations that have “made a profound difference in the St. Louis region,” according to an announcement released Thursday by FOCUS St. Louis. The announcement comes as the Institute for Family Medicine prepares to open its 16th community clinic at a food pantry in south St. Louis City.

“We are honored to receive this award, and excited to share more about our unique approach to improving access and providing health care for the disadvantaged in St. Louis,” said Dr. David C. Campbell, president and CEO of Institute for Family Medicine. “There is great need for quality health care throughout our community, and our collaborative approach to meeting those needs by partnering with schools and other nonprofit organizations is something we hope others will embrace as a way to accomplish their missions.”

The Institute for Family Medicine is a 12-year-old nonprofit organization with a mission to improve health and quality of life for disadvantaged children and families by reducing access barriers and delivering quality healthcare services. The organization partners with schools, shelters and other social service organizations to provide medical services to disadvantaged children, homeless teens and low-income families at already trusted points of service in their communities.

The organization has an event scheduled for March 23 to raise support for its community health programs throughout St. Louis. The Institute for Family Medicine Trivia Night will be held in Epiphany Gym at 3164 Ivanhoe Ave, and tables are still available. Doors open at 6 p.m. and trivia begins at 7 p.m. Those interested can find more details online at http://ifm-stl.org/events.

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