BD and Partners Award Four Community Health Centers $270,000 Each to Help Underserved Communities

BD, Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers announced on Monday that four community health centers have received a total of $1.08 million to implement chronic disease management support programs in underserved communities.

The BD Helping Build Healthy Communities Innovations in Care Award recognizes US community health centers for excellence in helping vulnerable patients manage their complex chronic conditions and improve their overall health.

This year’s winners will receive a grant of $270,000 each to build on the demonstrated impact of their novel care approaches on at-risk populations. The four community health centers also received the Innovations in Care award in 2021.

The additional funding will allow health centers to continue to improve their impact through holistic, culturally appropriate, team-based care and providing pharmacist-led patient education and counseling.

The funding will also be used to help remove barriers to care by addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) – including where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship and their age, which all affect a wide range of health problems. and quality of life outcomes and risks.

Tom Pollen.

“Racial and ethnic minorities in the United States are more likely to experience worse health outcomes for complex chronic conditions, but less likely to receive preventative health services,” said Tom Polen, CEO and President of comics. “We are directly addressing these health inequalities by investing in community health centers that help ensure underserved patients receive quality care. These centers are located in high-needs areas, accessible to all regardless of their ability to pay, and provide culturally appropriate care to meet the specific needs and priorities of their communities.

The following winners of the 2022 Innovations in Care award are:

Healthnet in Indianapolis, Indiana; Northeast Valley Health Corporation in San Fernando, California; Share Our Selves in Costa Mesa, California and Wahiawa Center for Community Health in Wahiawa, Hawaii.

The BD Helping Build Healthy Communities initiative, which is funded by BD and the BD Foundation, and jointly implemented by Direct Relief and NACHC, has awarded 52 awards to community health centers in 20 states since 2013, with full commitment of $22.6 million in cash. and product donations.

Maria J. Book