Together with Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers – Announce Winners of the 2014 BD Helping Build Healthy CommunitiesSM Innovations in Care Awards
Initiative Seeks to Expand Access and Improve Healthcare for Underserved and Vulnerable Populations in the U.S. Through Support to Clinics and Community Health Centers
Jul 24, 2014
FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., August 24, 2014 – BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE:BDX), a leading global medical technology company – together with Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) – has announced the winners of the 2014 “Innovations in Care” awards to seven community health centers as part of the BD Helping Build Healthy CommunitiesSM initiative. The announcement was made at the 2014 National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Community Health Institute and EXPO held in San Diego, CA.
BD Helping Build Healthy Communities is a four-year initiative to expand access and improve care for underserved and vulnerable populations in the U.S. The initiative, first announced in 2012 with a founding pledge at the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, includes a BD commitment of approximately $5 million in cash and product to clinics and community health centers (CHCs) across the US. The initiative has two components, including:
- A pledge to donate at least 20 million insulin needles and syringes to community health centers across the country to support diabetes care management for uninsured and under-insured Americans. To date, BD has donated 9.1 million syringes to community health centers.
- Innovation in Care awards of up $100,000 to CHCs that are addressing the prevention and treatment of diseases that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. Awards are based on CHC proposals for innovative approaches to diabetes, cervical cancer and HIV prevention and management. BD has a long history of developing tools to help diagnose and manage these conditions and is committed to improving care for those who lack access. Decisions on innovation award winners are guided by a panel of reviewers with expertise in clinical and community healthcare in each of the three disease areas.
The winners of the 2014 awards include seven CHCs, which will receive cash awards of $100,000 to support their innovative programs:
DIABETES PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT
Santa Rosa Community Health Center – Santa Rosa, CA
Asian Health Services – Oakland, CA
Utah Navaho Health System – Montezuma Creek, UT
Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center – Ahoskie, NC
HIV PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT
Morris Heights Health Center – Bronx, NY
Housing Works Health Services III – Brooklyn, NY
CERVICAL CANCER PREVENTION
Charles Drew Health Center – Omaha, NE
“Clinics and community health centers all over the country provide critical services for millions of uninsured and under-insured Americans. The dedicated professionals who work in these clinics are developing innovative approaches to care that address the specific needs and circumstances of the communities they serve,” said Vincent A. Forlenza, Chairman, CEO and President of BD. “We are excited and proud to be providing support to initiate and scale-up these new models of care. In the coming years, we will be working with Direct Relief and NACHC to broadly communicate the successes of these local programs to community health centers nationwide so that they can be replicated where appropriate.”
“The BD Helping Build Healthy Communities initiative recognizes a huge and typically unrecognized fact: clinics and community health centers are America’s healthcare safety net and provide quality, affordable preventive and primary care to those who wouldn’t otherwise have access,” said Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief. “Direct Relief is delighted to once again work with BD on this new and unique initiative to support these providers.”
Community health centers serve 23 million people – one in 15 people living in the United States. People who use a health center as their healthcare home have lower rates of emergency department visits and fewer hospital admissions. Demand for affordable primary care is expected to climb in the coming years as more people gain access to insurance coverage. Yet, there are still 62 million people living in America who are struggling with little or no access to a primary care provider.
“This multi-year initiative brings together resources that make a difference in the lives of the medically underserved,” said Malvise A. Scott, Senior Vice President of Partnership and Resource Development at NACHC. “We appreciate this partnership and the recognition of the important work of community health centers across the country.”
Visit /responsibility/community/healthy_communities/ to learn more about the BD Helping Build Healthy Communities initiative, the current awardees or apply for a future award.
BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company supports the heroes on the frontlines of health care by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for health care providers. BD and its 65,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help improve patient outcomes, improve the safety and efficiency of clinicians' care delivery process, enable laboratory scientists to better diagnose disease and advance researchers' capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics. BD has a presence in virtually every country and partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. By working in close collaboration with customers, BD can help enhance outcomes, lower costs, increase efficiencies, improve safety and expand access to health care. In 2017, BD welcomed C. R. Bard and its products into the BD family. For more information on BD, please visit bd.com.
About Direct Relief
Founded in 1948, Direct Relief is a California-based nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian medical aid in all 50 states and more than 100 countries, with a stated mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations. Among other distinctions, Direct Relief has been named among the world's ten most innovative nonprofits by Fast Company, received the CECP Directors' Award, the President's Award from Esri for excellence in GIS mapping, and the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. For more information, please visit www.DirectRelief.org.
About National Association of Community Health Centers
The National Association of Community Health Centers was founded in 1971, with a mission to promote the provision of high quality, comprehensive and affordable health care that is coordinated, culturally and linguistically competent, and community directed for all medically underserved populations. NACHC is the membership organization for community health centers nationwide, which provide primary and preventive health care to over to 28 million people from more than 10,000 sites. www.nachc.com.
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