33 Free and Charitable Clinics Receive More Than $1 Million in Grants

April 5th 2017
Lauren Santye, Assistant Editor
Lauren Santye, Assistant Editor

Grants will help increase access to care, improve care coordination, and manage chronic conditions.

As part of a multiyear grant program with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC), the CVS Health Foundation announced more than $1 million in grants to 33 Free and Charitable Clinics.

Over the past 4 years, the CVS Health Foundation has donated nearly $5 million to NAFC to increase access to quality care and support chronic disease management, according to a press release.

“As a pharmacy innovation company, we are committed to helping people on their path to better health in the communities where we live and work,” Eileen Howard Boone, president of CVS Health Foundation, said in a release. “Our support for the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics has yielded significant results over the past 4 years that demonstrate how increased access to quality care and innovative approaches to chronic disease management can affect the lives of the most vulnerable Americans.”

Over the past year, the support of previous grant recipients has made a significant impact on the Foundation’s goal of improving care coordination, managing chronic conditions, and increasing access to care.

The following are the key results:

· The SLO Noor Foundation offered an extra day of services per week, which provided care to an additional 241 patients who otherwise would not have received the necessary care in 2016.

· 70% of participants at the Miami Rescue Mission reported quitting or significantly reducing tobacco use through their smoking cessation classes.

· Good News Clinics recruited 22 additional physicians to expand availability of services for Health Access patients, allowing them to surpass their goal of 10 and resulting in cutting back on wait times for patients who required specialty care.

“The NAFC is extremely grateful for the support our members receive from the CVS Health Foundation and their recognition of the lifesaving work Free and Charitable Clinics provide to the medically underserved throughout this country,” Nicole Lamoureux, CEO of NAFC, said in a press release. “Their unwavering commitment and investment over the years has allowed our Free and Charitable Clinics to expand health care access, coordinate health care efforts, and build healthier communities.”

The grants that will be provided this year by the CVS Health Foundation range from $20,000 to $35,000 to help support chronic disease management and the prevention of diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and asthma, as well as improve care coordination and increase access-to-care programs.

The following are the NAFC recipients:

· Arlington Free Clinic: $35,000

· Cape Volunteers in Medicine, Inc: $30,000

· Catherine’s Health Center: $35,000

· Center for Family Health & Education, Inc: $35,000

· Clearwater Free Clinic, Inc: $35,000

· Community Care Clinic: $35,000

· Community Care Clinic of Rowan County: $20,000

· Community Health Center of West Palm Beach: $30,000

· Community Health: $35,000

· Cornerstone Assistance Network: $35,000

· Free Clinic of Central Virginia: $35,000

· Free Clinic of Meridian, Inc: $35,000

· Good News Clinics: $35,000

· Health Brigade: $35,000

· Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center: $35,000

· Hope Health Clinic: $35,000

· Johnstown Free Medical Clinic: $35,000

· Lake Norman Community Health Clinic: $35,000

· Malta House of Care, Inc: $35,000

· Martin Luther King Health Center & Pharmacy: $30,000

· Northern Neck Middlesex Free Health Clinic: $35,000

· NovaScripts Central, Inc: $35,000

· Ohio Association of Free Clinics: $35,000

· People’s Health Clinic: $20,000

· Shelter Health Services: $25,000

· St. Martin’s Healthcare, Inc: $35,000

· St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy: $35,000

· St. Vincent de Paul Virginia G. Piper Medical & Dental Clinic: $35,000

· The Free Medical Clinic, Inc: $25,000

· The Night Ministry: $35,000

· The Olympia Free Clinic: $20,000

· TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries: $35,000

· Volunteers in Medicine, Chattanooga, Inc: $35,000

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