BD, Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers Advance Health Equity in the United States with $1 Million Grant

Funding for four community health centers advances medication management programs for vulnerable patients managing chronic illness

FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ, August 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, along with Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), today announced it has awarded four community health centers for a total of $1.08 million implement programs to support chronic disease management in underserved communities.

The BD Helps Build Healthy Communities™ Innovations in care 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 scholarship to $270,000 each to build on the demonstrated impact that their new care approaches have on at-risk populations. The four community health centers also received the Innovations in care price 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. Funding will also be used to help break down barriers to care by addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) – including where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship and their age, all of which affect a wide range of health conditions. and quality of life outcomes and risks.

“Racial and Ethnic Minorities in United States are more likely to have poorer health outcomes for complex chronic conditions, but less likely to receive preventive health services,” said Tom Pollen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and President of BD. “We are directly tackling these health inequalities by investing in community health centers that help ensure that 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”.

What follows Innovations in care The 2022 winners are:

  • Health networkin IndianapolisIndiana,uses its grants to expand a diabetes education program to proactively assess and address the behavioral health and SDOH needs of prediabetic and diabetic patients so they can manage their diagnosis and live a life healthy. The grant also helps fund a clinical dietitian to provide proactive outreach and nutrition education to at-risk patients.
  • Northeast Valley Health Societyin San Fernando, California,uses its grants to ensure that high-risk Hispanic patients have the opportunity to meet with a clinical pharmacist for medication reconciliation and adherence counseling, and to offer SDOH-based assessments. The funding will also enable a bilingual patient navigator to connect patients with social services that meet identified needs, in addition to creating automated patient risk assignment to provide more personalized services and referrals. by a patient care team.
  • Let’s sharein Costa Mesa, California,uses its grants to enable patients who face multiple chronic conditions and are taking multiple complex medications, to receive individualized care coordination, including medication delivery, medication synchronization, patient education, training on remote monitoring devices and virtual visits with pharmacists. Additional funds are being used to improve technologies that will better integrate patients’ SDOH data alongside their medical information to create more impactful interventions.
  • Wahiawa Center for Community Healthin WahiawaHawaii,uses its grants to support the creation of an integrated care team and model of care to address chronic disease, particularly within Asian and Pacific Islander communities. This team approach aims to improve medication adherence to prevent health complications associated with chronic disease and cultural, social, economic and environmental challenges such as poor health literacy and lack of food and shelter. The addition of a Population Health Coordinator provides a dedicated resource for collecting and tracking more in-depth data on SDOH, hemoglobin A1c, health screening tools and comprehensive diabetes services while throughout the year.

Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief, said, “This effort is an extraordinary example of BD’s leadership in rewarding and elevating community health center initiatives that improve the health and lives of people living with diseases. chronicles. Direct Relief is deeply grateful to BD and NACHC for their collaboration and support.”

“Health Centers are more than healers. Health Centers are problem solvers who go beyond the walls of the conventional health care delivery system to tackle the social drivers of health, such as the stable housing, food insecurity, mental health and much more.” said Rachel A. Gonzales-Hanson, interim president and CEO of NACHC. “The private funding partnerships made possible by BD and Direct Relief are critical to supporting the innovative approaches that health centers are bringing to foster wellness and health equity in underserved communities.”

The BD Helping Build Healthy Communities initiative, 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 from $22.6 million in cash and product donations. Visit for more information on the company’s environmental, social and governance commitments and progress.

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About Direct Relief

A humanitarian organization committed to improving the health and lives of those affected by poverty and emergencies, Direct Relief provides vital medical resources in the United States and around the world to communities in need, without regard to politics, religion or ability to pay. For more information, visit

About the National Association of Community Health Centers

Founded in 1971, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is the leading national voice of America’s health centers and an advocate for access to health care for the medically underserved and uninsured. For more information, visit




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