Community Clinic benefits from foundation grant
July 02, 2008
ST. LOUIS – The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC has announced that it is providing a $20,000 grant to the Community Clinic of Joplin to fund programs to combat chronic diseases that include smoking cessation, diabetes education and weight reduction classes.

The money will support the clinic’s “Catch a Killer: Chronic Disease Detection and Treatment Program” designed to provide preventive screenings, treatment and education to prevent and manage chronic disease. In addition to medical care and treatment for up to 1,000 new patients, the program will provide eligible patients:

“We appreciate the support of the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation to help our patients access both health care and information to live a healthier lifestyle,” said Michelle Ducre, executive director for the clinic. “This donation can help many people in the Joplin area receive the care and education that they need.”

The Community Clinic of Joplin serves people who have no health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, or access to care. Currently, the clinic serves the following counties in southwest Missouri: Jasper and Newton, also Barton, Barry, Dade, Lawrence, McDonald, and Vernon. The Joplin Community Clinic relies entirely on the generosity of area physicians, dentists, chiropractors, specialty physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners to provide care to patients. Between 2005-2007, the clinic provided more than 15,000 patient visits.

Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield serves.

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