To encourage innovations in reaching underserved populations, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded $1.6 million in planning grants and $3.8 million in implementation grants to 37 private physicians groups throughout the country.
The awards are part of the Princeton, N.J.-based foundation's $12 million "Reach Out" program. The grant recipients are organizations that represent private physicians, such as medical societies, group practices and clinics. The funding will be used to support initiatives linking physicians with people who have difficulty obtaining healthcare services.
For example, a planning grant went to SSJ Mercy Health System in Miami for a program to recruit and retain volunteer physicians to treat underserved residents. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh received a grant to plan a network of physicians and specialists who will treat children in foster care.