BD awards $1.2 million in grants to community health centers that help vulnerable patients more effectively manage medications

Aug 29, 2019

FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ, Aug. 29, 2019 – BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, along with Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) recently honored six community health centers in the U.S. with the “Innovations in Care” award in recognition of their success in low-resource areas identifying and assisting vulnerable people to better manage complex chronic diseases and improve their health.

The award-winning programs each also received a $200,000 grant award to build upon their successful innovations, which include a common element of holistic, team-based care, and the close involvement of pharmacists in educating and counseling patients.

The total of $1.2 million in grant awards was provided through the BD Helping Build Healthy Communities™ initiative, which is funded by BD and implemented jointly by Direct Relief and NACHC. The initiative seeks to identify, highlight, and provide financial awards to build upon successful approaches developed in community health centers in their mission to provide quality, accessible health care to underserved populations throughout the U.S.

This year’s awardees were announced during NACHC’s annual Community Health Institute in Chicago, which brings together more than 2,200 community health leaders who collectively provide care to more than 28 million people throughout the country.

“Every day, community health centers are on the front lines providing compassionate, quality health care to the most vulnerable patients in neighborhoods across the U.S.,” said Vince Forlenza, chairman and CEO of BD. “Each of this year’s Innovations in Care award winners has already implemented proven strategies for helping patients better manage chronic disease. This funding will help expand these successful programs, allowing care givers to reach more patients in their communities.”

The following Innovations in Care Award winners were selected with guidance from a national expert panel of clinical pharmacists in the field of Medication Therapy Management:

“It’s privilege for Direct Relief to work with NACHC and be part of this extraordinary example of leadership by BD to find, recognize, and award these terrific efforts developed by community health centers that improve the health and lives of people with challenging health conditions,” said Thomas Tighe, Direct Relief president and CEO.

“Health centers are expected to serve a record 29 million patients in the next year. Partnerships with Direct Relief and BD are critical to our mission of solving public health problems with innovation and technology,” said Malvise A. Scott, Senior Vice President for Partnership and Resource Development at NACHC. “Collaborations like these are an additional source of support for the groundbreaking work health centers perform when it comes to reducing chronic disease and promoting wellness in some of America’s most challenged communities.”

Since the launch of the BD Helping Build Healthy Communities™ Program in 2013, BD has invested $5.8 million in grants, which have been presented to 39 health centers in 20 states. In addition, BD has donated more than 33 million insulin syringes and 713,00 pen needles to more than 1,272 community health centers, free clinics and community clinics in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Island with a wholesale value of $9.5million. This program’s cash and product donations are estimated to have impacted 450,000 patients across the United States.

For more information about the 2019 Helping build Healthy Communities’ awardees, visit

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