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Medical society and foundation announce grants

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 9, 2004

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The Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation awarded two grants totaling $50,000 to help provide health care to the homeless, low-income and uninsured in Boston and the surrounding area.

Women of Means, a Wellesley-based nonprofit agency that provides free health care to homeless or marginally housed women in Boston, received $20,000. The Free Health Care Center Fund in the southern Berkshire County community of Sheffield, Mass., was awarded $30,000.

Women of Means was established in 1998 by Roseanna H. Means, MD, to improve the lives of women who are homeless or marginally housed through quality health care, education and advocacy. The agency also trains and educates health care professionals on how to identify and treat homeless persons.

The Free Health Care Center Fund's purpose is to establish Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires, a free clinic to provide medical, dental and mental health services to the income-qualified uninsured of the southern Berkshire region.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/02/09/prbf0209.htm.

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