Lack of access to mental health care has risen to the point that it has become a national emergency. If we were to be awarded this grant it would be life-changing for so many people who don't currently have access to care.
Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) October 15, 2014
Phoenix, AZ telehealth provider MeMD needs the support –and votes- of Arizonans, and other individuals throughout the county, so they can qualify and move on to the next round of the Mission Main StreetSM Grant program where they hope to be awarded a $150,000 grant to provide care for individuals suffering from mental health issues. The voting deadline is October 17, 2014.
Phoenix, AZ telehealth provider MeMD has applied for a $150,000 grant from Chase as part of a newly launched program, Mission Main StreetSM Grants. MeMD must receive 250 votes to be eligible for a grant. MeMD is requesting the votes of Arizonans, and individuals nationwide, so this gap in the healthcare marketplace might be filled.
Patients, fans and supporters can cast their vote for MeMD at https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/43687 using Facebook Connect.
John Shufeldt, MD, CEO of MeMD, says this grant could help MeMD reach, and help, individuals suffering with mental health issues both locally, and across the nation, by providing HIPAA compliant, on-demand mental health care.
“Lack of access to mental health care has risen to the point that it has become a national emergency,” says Shufeldt. “MeMD is developing a strategy to provide access to mental health care virtually, in all 50 states. Being awarded this grant will allow us to accelerate the development of our tele-mental health platform, which will ultimately enable us to provide the necessary care to at-risk patients suffering from this silent epidemic.”
MeMD physicians currently see patients online nationwide via webcam or over the phone for common ailments like cold, flu, pink eye and more through a secure web-based portal. The mental health extension would add symptoms like depression and anxiety to the range of symptoms treated by MeMD providers, making much-needed care more affordable and accessible.
Applicants of the grant must submit a questionnaire outlining a business plan that will result in growth of the business (full eligibility requirements are available in the Program Rules: https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/benefits). The voting deadline is October 17, 2014 and grant recipients will be selected by expert panelists.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this program,” says Shufeldt. “If we were to be awarded this grant it would be life-changing for so many people who don't currently have access to care.”
Shufeldt adds the importance of this telehealth platform cannot be overstated, as one in four adults experience mental illness in a given year, and mood disorders such as depression are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S.
About the Grants:
Through Mission Main Street Grants, Chase will award $3 million to small business across America. All businesses that apply for a grant and meet the eligibility requirements will receive a special offer from Premier Sponsor, Google. In addition, the 20 grant recipients will be eligible to receive a trip to Google for an exclusive small business marketing workshop with Google experts and a Google Chromebook laptop.
The 20 grant recipients will be announced in January 2015. Consumers can show support by voting for MeMD at http://www.MissionMainStreetGrants.com using Facebook Connect before the voting deadline on October 17, 2014. For additional details about Mission Main Street Grants visit http://www.MissionMainStreetGrants.com.
About Mission Main Street Grants:
Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to small business, Chase launched Mission Main Street Grants, a program that will award 20 grants of $150,000 to small businesses across America. By completing a business profile, a grant questionnaire, and meeting relevant eligibility requirements, small businesses will have access to special offers from the Premier Sponsor, Google. Chase is committed to helping small businesses so they can take big steps for their business and community.
Leading telehealth service provider MeMD is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. MeMD is revolutionizing the healthcare industry by offering access to affordable, convenient, and secure web-based healthcare nationwide. MeMD combines proven telemedicine technologies with business model innovations to improve access to medical providers, reduce healthcare costs, and make the experience of seeing a physician convenient, enjoyable, and affordable – the way it should be. For more information, visit http://www.MeMD.me.