Again this year, Nashville Aikikai will be raising money to support the Shade Tree Clinic. The Shade Tree Clinic is a free clinic run by Vanderbilt Medical Students to provide high quality primary care to the underinsured in Davidson County. The Shade Tree Clinic forms interdisciplinary teams of medical, nursing, pharmacy, and law students who are supervised by professionals in these fields to provide healthcare and social services free-of-charge to this community. The clinic welcomes all patients, regardless of their race, residency, gender, socioeconomic status, or religious affiliation. Since opening, the clinic has provided services to over 4,000 patients. For more information, please see the Shade Tree clinic 2016-2017 Annual Report: https://shadetreeclinic.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2016-2017-Shade-Tree-Annual-Report.pdf.
Last year, Nashville Aikikai donated $750 to the clinic. Any donation which dojo member can make is appreciated. We will collect until the first of the year. Many thanks to all the support that Nashville Aikikai has given to this important organization over the years. We know that lack of access to quality primary care is a significant contributor to disparities in health outcomes and to overall healthcare costs.