BD Helping Build Healthy Communities is a multi-year initiative that expands access and improves care for underserved and vulnerable populations. The initiative, funded by BD and implemented together with Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), provides awards to clinics and community health centers (CCHCs) delivering innovative models of care, in addition to addressing local resource constraints through an expanded syringe donation program.
Throughout the U.S., 23 million people are medically underserved and receive healthcare at one of more than 2,400 CCHCs.[i],[ii],[iii] These providers operate with limited resources, using creative and innovative techniques to provide high-quality primary, preventive, and comprehensive care to the nation’s most vulnerable people. More than 7 million people are without health insurance, and at least 20.4 million have an earned income of 200 percent below the Federal Poverty Level.[iv]
The number of people who receive care at CCHCs dramatically increased in recent years due to loss of insurance or limitations to coverage, and volume is expected to grow further. Serving this low-income and uninsured or under-insured population requires dynamic strategies that improve access to care, reduce health disparities, and increase awareness and information about healthy practices.
1 National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. Community Health Centers: The Local Prescription for Better Quality and Lower Costs. Accessed October 16, 2013. Available at: http://www.nachc.com/client/A%20Local%20Prescription%20Final%20brief%203%2022%2011.pdf
2 The National Association of Free Clinics & Charitable Clinics. Accessed October 16, 2013. Available at: http://www.nafcclinics.org/about-us
3 Darnell, J.S. Free Clinics in the United States. A Nationwide Survey. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2010: (11):170
4 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. Accessed August 8, 2013. Available at: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/