The St. Anthony Free Medical Clinic is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing patient care to the underserved populations of San Francisco. Most of the patients that visit this clinic are challenged by low literacy levels , language barriers, homelessness, and access (or lack thereof) to affordable health care. All of these factors combined are significant in hindering a diabetic patient's access to proper foot care. In April 2009, the Diabetes Awareness Program was implemented to tear down patient health care barriers and to promote independent care-taking for diabetic patients. These objectives were accomplished by organizing diabetic screenings and emphasizing diabetes education in San Francisco. Thanks to a grant from the APMSA Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) Service and Education Grant, the Diabetes Awareness Program was also able to provide over 120 patients with resources like diabetic socks and disposable monofilaments.
To recognize this generous contribution, the Diabetes Awareness Program distributed information about the APMSA's CAB along with diabetic socks and other essentials for diabetic care. This project, along with a list of the CAB sponsors, will be presented in the next CSPM ENewsletter Update, which distributes to CSPM students, faculty, and alumni.