Empowering Community Health Centers to Drive Effective Medication Use Among Vulnerable Patients

 BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)Direct Reliefand the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) awarded five community health centers a total of $1 million in grant funding, which is now being used to expand programs that help vulnerable patients more effectively manage their medications.

 This funding is part of the BD Helping Build Healthy Communities program. The initiative, funded by BD and implemented together by Direct Relief and NACHC, provides awards to eligible community health centers to support innovative approaches to health care for underserved and vulnerable populations.

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This year, BD invested a total of $1 million in the program, by issuing $200,000 grants to each of this year’s five community health center winners: Baldwin Family Health Centers in Baldwin, Mich.; Consejo de Salud de Puerto Rico in Ponce, Puerto Rico; The Dimock Center in Roxbury, Mass.; Queens Care Health Centers in Los Angeles, Calif.; and Santa Rosa Community Clinic in Santa Rosa, Calif. Each of this year’s grant winners will use the funding to expand team-based, pharmacist-led models of care to reach vulnerable patients in their communities.

 “Community health centers play an integral role in providing quality care to underinsured and uninsured patients who may not otherwise have access to health care,” said Vincent A. Forlenza,  chairman and CEO of BD. “Community health centers understand the unique needs of the patients they serve and are already developing innovative care models to meet those needs. The goal of this funding is to help health centers expand their innovative care models to reach an even broader population of patients.”

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 Since the launch of the BD Helping Build Healthy Communities program in 2013, $4.6 million in grants have been presented to 36 health centers in 19 states, each recognizing innovative health programs that have collectively reached more than 50,000 patients. In addition, BD has donated more than 22.6 million insulin syringes and 3,200 pen needles – valued at $6.4 million – to more than 1,200 community health centers, free clinics and community clinics in 48 states and Puerto Rico.

 “Each year, more than 28 million Americans receive care at health centers, where the country’s most vulnerable patients access care that otherwise wouldn’t be available,” said Thomas Tighe, president and CEO of Direct Relief. “Direct Relief applauds BD and NACHC’s pledge to bolster innovative solutions to patient care.”