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Sanofi-aventis Affirms Its Commitment to Partnering with Local Communities to Improve Hispanic and African American Health
Date:4/27/2009

Baltimore. "It's very rewarding to see our communities working together for a greater good."

The overall objective of the CHP is to empower patients in the African American and Hispanic communities by leveraging and strengthening connections among existing healthcare providers, community-based resources and patients. In the cities of Baltimore, Newark, Memphis, San Antonio, the Bronx and Miami, the CHP actively supports and enhances access to the resources that are already available in each community. A Community Health Liaison in each city facilitates continued community resource collaboration and helps bridge the gap between local organizations, health resources and patient communities. By providing patients with customized Health Resource Guides for each city, culturally relevant patient education materials, and guidance from patient ambassadors, the program aims to encourage individuals to take action toward better health by providing the tools to make the road to a healthier life easier.

"NMQF and sanofi-aventis U.S. share the same goal -- to decrease disparities among minority populations in the United States," said Gary Puckrein, President & CEO of NMQF. "Our summit is an ideal place to discuss the program's progress and explore ways to reach even more people in need of community-based health solutions."

The CHP was introduced during the 2008 NMQF Summit as an example of solutions based in public and private sector collaboration. The NMQF Summit gathers legislators, policy makers, clinical experts, and distinguished honorees to discuss solutions aimed at helping reduce disparities in health-care quality.

For more information about the CHP, consumers and healthcare providers can call 866-61-HANDS (866-614-2637) or visit www.communityhealthpartner.com.

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