APA Gives Back Program Benefits UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project

SAN DIEGO, May 21, 2017 – As part of the American Psychiatric Association’s annual “APA Gives Back” program, APA President Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., presented a donation of more than $16,000 to this’s year’s recipient, the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project during the Opening Session of the APA Annual Meeting here. Ellen Beck, M.D., Co-Founder and Director of the Free Clinic Project, accepted the check on behalf of the organization.

The UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project operates four clinics in the San Diego area providing free medical and preventive care, health education and access to social services. In partnership with the community, the clinics provide accessible, quality health care for underserved populations in a respectful environment in which students, health professionals, patients and community members work together. The project has received numerous awards, including the WebMD Magazine Health Hero, Public Health Champion Award (San Diego Health and Human Services Agency), Health Care Champion Award (San Diego Business Journal) and American Red Cross Real Heroes Award.

Now in its eighth year, the APA Gives Back program provides an opportunity for APA, its members and Annual Meeting attendees to support a community mental health organization in the city hosting the Annual Meeting. The APA matches donations dollar for dollar. Since 2010, APA and members and attendees have donated more than $95,000 through the APA Gives Back program to organizations in the cities where the APA holds its annual meetings.

“The APA Gives Back program is a way for the APA and meeting attendees to show our support for the local community,” Oquendo said. “The UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project provides much needed care to many in the community.”

Donations can be made to the UCSD Student Run Free Clinic during the 2017 Annual Meeting until May 24 through the meeting registration process.

The American Psychiatric Association is the oldest medical association in the country founded in 1844. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 37,000 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

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