FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — Medical supplies maker Becton, Dickinson & Co. is helping to launch a program designed to expand and improve health care for underserved and vulnerable populations in the United States.
BD announced Monday that it would partner with Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers to launch BD Helping Build Healthy Communities, a four-year initiative for which it will commit about $5 million in money and products to clinics and community health centers, also known as CCHCs. The more than 2,400 CCHCs around the country serve 23 million people considered to be medically underserved.
"Clinics and community health centers all over the country provide critical services for millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans, but they face significant resource constraints," BD president and CEO Vincent Forlenza said. "We are excited and proud to be working with Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers to help address some of these constraints and enable centers to continue delivering innovative care to underserved communities."
BD will give awards of up to $100,000 to CCHCs that are addressing the prevention and treatment of diseases that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. The first two awards, this summer, went to the Dover, N.J., Zufall Health Center and The Children's Clinic in Long Beach, Calif.