I’m am officially training to run the 2020 Boston Marathon while raising funds for Boston Medical Center and their Vision 2030 project to make Boston the healthiest urban city in the world in the next 10 years.
This organization and project means so much to me, that despite being a busy resident schedule (working 60-80 hours a week), I am pledging to work extra moonlighting shifts through Marathon Monday to match $6,000 in donations from you all.
As many employers will match charitable donations, please check with your employer to see if they match charitable donations. You can see if your employer matches at a website such as this one: https://doublethedonation.com/americanforestfoundation
I regularly meet families who will take multiple buses or drive over an hour to come to BMC for their appointments because BMC has been a part of the family for generations and they trust that they will get the best care without judgement here. As a resident pediatrician at BMC, I feel so privileged to work with patients from all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds every week in my primary care clinic. I have witnessed first-hand BMC’s dedication to families, addressing not only their medical needs, but also addressing the social determinants of health: screening for and advocating for families through housing insecurity, food insecurity, access to early education resources, keeping the heat on during the winter time, and much more.
I’m raising funds for Vision 2030. The funds raised through this year's marathon team will go toward making Vision 2030 a reality, driving key investments in the following areas, as well as other endeavors:
· Complex Chronic Disease: To define a new model of care for complex disease management that improves health outcomes and reduces avoidable health care utilization.
· Substance Use Disorders: To reverse the trend in overdose deaths and improve access to evidence-based substance use disorder treatment and harm and risk reduction services.
· Mental Health Disorders: To integrate mental health services into primary care and expand access to mental health services throughout the community.
· Housing Insecurity and Homelessness: To improve access to safe and affordable housing options and establish supportive housing interventions for individuals with complex medical and social needs.
· Other Key Social Determinants of Health: To sustainably target key social determinants of health negatively impacting health outcomes in conjunction with community partners.
Your support is integral to the existence of programs and services our patients rely—and thrive—on, with many depending solely on philanthropic support.
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