October 28, 2013, Franklin Lakes – BD, together with Direct Relief and the National Community Health Centers (NCHC), have launched BD Helping Build Healthy Communities, a four-year initiative valued at approx. $5M in cash and product, to expand access and improve care for underserved and vulnerable populations in the U.S. More than 23 million people, many of who are uninsured, receive healthcare in one of the more than 2,400 clinics and community health centers (CCHCs) in the U.S., yet many of these clinics struggle with funding and capacity issues.
The initiative will identify and provide awards to CCHCs with innovative models of care to help address these critical gaps. It will initially focus on diabetes and cervical cancer; future years will expand to HIV prevention and detection. As part of the initiative’s pilot year, awards of $100,000 each were given to Zufall Health Center in Dover, New Jersey for its innovative approaches to diabetes management, and The Children’s Clinic in Long Beach, California for its multidisciplinary approach to increase cervical cancer screening rates.
BD is a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. The Company is dedicated to improving people's health throughout the world. BD is focused on improving drug delivery, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases and cancers, and advancing research, discovery and production of new drugs and vaccines. BD's capabilities are instrumental in combating many of the world's most pressing diseases. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, BD employs nearly 30,000 associates in more than 50 countries throughout the world. The Company serves healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the general public. For more information, please visit www.bd.com.
About Direct Relief
Direct Relief is a medical relief organization active in all 50 states and 70 countries. It works with more than 1,100 health clinics across the United States to assist in emergencies on an ongoing basis, providing them with free medications for people in need. The organization has been among the world’s largest medical suppliers in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, has top charity ratings, including four-star and “top-notch” rating from Charity Navigator, and a 99 percent fund-raising efficiency rating from Forbes magazine. Direct Relief was awarded the 2011 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation for its ability to adapt the insight, approaches, and tools of commercial technology for humanitarian purposes. For more information, please visit www.directrelief.org.
About National Association of Community Health Centers
Founded in 1970, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and expand access to quality, community-responsive health care for America’s medically underserved and uninsured. NACHC represents the nation’s network of over 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which serve over 22 million people through over 9,000 sites located in all of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. For more information, please visit www.nachc.com.