American Academy of Family Physicians, MetLife Foundation Award $160,000 in Grants to Eight Family Medicine Residency Programs

Friday, Aug. 16, 2013

Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5223

LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians’ Americans in Motion – Health Interventions (AIM-HI) initiative today announced the recipients of its most recent round of grants to family medicine residencies working to reduce childhood obesity in their communities.

Eight residencies will receive a total of approximately $160,000 in funding through the program. The grants are made possible by AIM-HI through funding from the AAFP Foundation with a grant from MetLife Foundation.

“These grants will allow the residency programs to test out new approaches in the fight against childhood obesity and explore what techniques work best in improving community health,” said Jeffrey Cain, MD, FAAFP, president of the AAFP.

The recipients of the grants funding projects to begin in September 2013 are:

  • Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program — Philadelphia
  • Midland Family Medicine Residency Program — Midland, Mich.
  • Oklahoma University Family Medicine  — Oklahoma City
  • Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program — Columbia, S.C.
  • Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth Program — Fort Worth, Texas
  • St Claire Regional's Rural Training Track Residency in Family Medicine — Morehead, Ky.
  • University of California Davis Health System Family Medicine Residency Program —Sacramento, Calif.
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine Family and Community Medicine Residency Program – Baltimore

Detailed descriptions of the funded projects can be found here.

The eight projects were selected because of their alignment with the fundamentals of the AIM-HI program, which presents fitness as “the treatment of choice” for prevention and management of many chronic conditions. Fitness is defined as physical activity, healthy eating and emotional well-being. Participation in the projects will be required for residents as part of their community health training, ensuring that the next generation of family doctors develop skills and cultivate experience in promoting community health and fighting childhood obesity.

This is the second time AIM-HI has distributed this series of grants with the support of MetLife Foundation.

“MetLife Foundation is pleased to support AAFP’s innovative programs to reduce childhood obesity,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. "Family physicians are at the forefront of treatment and prevention and are in an ideal position to promote a comprehensive approach to fighting obesity. These programs will provide materials and information to family medicine residents so they can help their patients lead healthy, active lives.”

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