Gwinnett Medical's Strickland Family Medicine Residency Program receives grant

Gwinnett Medical Center’s Strickland Family Medicine Residency Program recently received a grant to improve patient management of hypertension.

On Wednesday, Georgia Healthy Family Alliance announced it had awarded GMC’s program $5,000 as part of the 2018 Community Health Grant Program, which is designed to support urgent healthcare initiatives across the state.

“Because family physicians provide full scope patient care for citizens of all ages, they are often acutely aware of health challenges facing their communities,” a news release said. “Approximately one-third of patients seen in the Strickland Family Medicine Clinic have the diagnosis of hypertension. The majority of these patients are financially disadvantaged and uninsured.”

Dr. Kristen McDermott, a Strickland resident, sponsored the project, which is intended to improve management of hypertension in 80 percent of the patient population by providing patients with blood pressure cuffs at no cost to the patients.

Previous Gwinnett County-based Community Health Grant recipients include Truth’s Community Clinic 100 Mammograms Project and a 2016 Strickland Family Medicine Weight Loss Initiative project.

Since launching the grant program in 2012, Georgia Healthy Family Alliance has awarded 45 charitable organizations nearly $200,000.

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