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BD Launches BD Helping Build Healthy Communities with Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers
Date:10/28/2013

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, together with Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), today launched BD Helping Build Healthy CommunitiesSM, a four-year initiative that will expand access and improve care for underserved and vulnerable populations in the U.S. The initiative, first announced earlier this year with a founding pledge at the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, includes a BD commitment of approximately $5 million in cash and product to clinics and community health centers (CCHCs) employing innovative models of care, along with strategic support from all partners.

"Clinics and community health centers all over the country provide critical services for millions of uninsured and under-insured Americans, but they face significant resource constraints," said Vincent A. Forlenza, Chairman, CEO and President of BD. "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."

The initiative includes 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, announced this summer as part of the initiative's pilot year, were given to Zufall Health Center in Dover, New Jersey, and The Children's Clinic in Long Beach, California, for their successes in improving care for people with diabetes and cervical cancer, respectively. Awards in future years will also focus on HIV prevention/detection and popul
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