The Department of Family Medicine is committed to being a resource for quality, cost-effective care for families from all cultural and socioeconomic communities. This fund will support exceptional patient care, especially to the underserved population. Some of the vital programs supported by this fund include faculty and resident physician services at the Migrant Worker Health Clinic, the Homeless Shelter Clinic, the Hope Clinic, Japanese Family Health Program, Ypsilanti East Middle School Wellness Center, and The Corner Health Center.
Japanese Family Health Program Fund
Spencer H. Wagar, M.D. Endowment Fund
In 1999, Christine Stevens and her husband Jim established the Spencer H. Wagar, M.D. Endowment Fund in honor of her father's life in medicine and his profound caring for others. The distributions for this fund are currently supporting opportunities at Ypsilanti East Middle School Health Center that serves a diverse group of adolescents and has been designated as a high-risk school. Through this fund, Dr. Wagar's generous spirit and vision of community health care lives on through the children and the families in Ypsilanti. Give Now →
“He [Dr. Wagar] never denied treatment to anyone even in hard economic times. He was sensitive to his patients’ emotional needs and knew how important it was to them to keep their pride. He would accept whatever they could pay for their medical care. Often, he was paid in food. Once, he received four hand-carved ducks signed in pencil by his patient, which I now treasure.” - Christine Stevens, Dr. Wagar’s daughter. She and her husband, Jim, established the Spencer H. Wagar, M.D. Endowment Fund in honor of her father’s life in medicine and his profound caring for others. The distributions for this fund are currently supporting opportunities at Ypsilanti East Middle School Health Center that serves a diverse group of adolescents and has been designated as a high-risk school.
I was excited about the increase in the number of medical students electing to rotate through YpsilantiEastMiddleSchoolWellnessCenter (YEMSWC) who are discovering what an excellent learning opportunity it is to work with the unserved and underserved populations in the community. As you know, the rewards of working with the underserved population are tremendous, and I am grateful I can share this experience with the students. - Jamie Weinstein, M.D., U-M. Department of Family Medicine, and the committed doctor at YEMSWC from 2003-2007
Karen R. Fonde, M.D. Family Medicine Underserved Populations Fund
The Karen R. Fonde, M.D. Family Medicine Underserved Populations Fund has a goal of $100,000. The Fund will support medically underserved populations in the U.S. and the world through focused initiatives, programs and hands-on experiences.
The Fund constitutes a gift for endowment, and distributions from the Fund shall be made in accordance with the University’s then existing distribution policy. Any surplus distributions during any period may be accumulated for later use or may be added to the principal of the fund, at the University’s discretion.
Karen was passionate about science and helping others, as was evident from her work as a Peace Corps volunteer and her commitment to the success of the Ypsilanti Health Center and the Corner Health Center, which provides health care to underserved adolescents in Ypsilanti. This Fund honors Dr. Fonde's tireless work and will carry on her dedication to helping the underserved in perpetuity. Read more about Dr. Fonde.
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