April 19, 2012

School of Medicine Students hold 5K run/walk to support Shade Tree Clinic, Saturday, April 21

On Saturday, April 21, at 9 a.m., the Nashville and Vanderbilt communities will participate in the fourth annual Shade Tree Trot, a 5K run and walk through Vanderbilt University’s park-like campus.

The Shade Tree Trot is a family-oriented fun run and walk organized by students with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM). Proceeds from the Shade Tree Trot help support the Shade Tree Clinic, a family health care facility located in East Nashville that is staffed and administered by the school’s students. The Shade Tree Clinic supports health care needs for those who cannot afford medical care.

The Shade Tree Trot is the culmination of annual fundraising efforts that provide financial support for clinic operations to meet the needs of a growing patient population. The Shade Tree Clinic operates year-round on Tuesday nights and Saturday afternoons and is committed to caring for the whole patient by providing high-quality primary, preventive and specialty care. The clinic is made possible by the dedication of medical students and volunteer physicians, along with support from Vanderbilt University and donors in the Nashville community.

This year’s run and walk features chip timing on a fast, closed-road course through the Vanderbilt campus. Soul Incision, a band composed of faculty and staff from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will headline post-race festivities. Registration is $20 for all students and $25 for all other participants. T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 500 registrants.

To register or to learn more about the Shade Tree Trot, please go to www.shadetreeclinic.org/trot.

For more information about the mission of the Shade Tree Clinic, please go to www.shadetreeclinic.org.



Here are examples of how donations to the Shade Tree Clinic help provide for patients:

· $10: Provides a free flu shot to an uninsured patient

· $25: Provides an uninsured diabetic patient with one vial of insulin

· $50: Provides glucose testing supplies to an uninsured patient with diabetes. A key component of achieving optimal diabetes management is for patients to check their blood sugar several times per day. The cost for testing strips and glucometers serves as a barrier for uninsured patients. The clinic’s goal is to provide every uninsured diabetic patient with free testing supplies.

· $100: Supplies an uninsured asthma patient with inhalers for one year

· $300: Adopts one uninsured Shade Tree patient for the year.
It costs on average of $300 for Shade Tree to care for one uninsured patient for a year. This includes medical care, laboratory tests, comprehensive medications, health education and social services.

· $500: Sponsors a clinical training activity for medical students.
Every year Shade Tree provides a hands-on clinical teaching session to help educate first-year medical students on clinical medicine, community health and mental health. The session, co-sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment, prepares students to care for patients at Shade Tree.

· $500: Provides prenatal care for one uninsured mother. The Shade Tree Early Pregnancy Program provides free care for uninsured expectant mothers and helps ensure they receive care from an obstetrician or nurse midwife for the remainder of their pregnancy.

· $1,000: Provides an eye exam to every patient with diabetes at Shade Tree. Diabetes is a leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States. The American Diabetes Association recommends every patient with diabetes receive a dilated eye examination every year. Shade Tree has partnered with the Vanderbilt Eye Institute to provide this service at a discounted rate to patients.