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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

ations at high risk of developing co-morbidities. BD has a long history of developing tools to help diagnose and manage these conditions and is committed to improving care for those who lack access.

The initiative also includes an expansion of BD's existing syringe donation program with Direct Relief. In 2013, BD donated more than 7.8 million insulin syringes and needles to support diabetes treatment for the vulnerable populations served by clinics and community health centers.

"BD Helping Build Healthy Communities recognizes a huge and typically unrecognized fact: clinics and community health centers are America's healthcare safety net and provide quality, affordable preventive and primary care to those who wouldn't otherwise have access," said Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief. "Direct Relief is delighted to once again work with BD on this new and unique initiative to support these providers."

Throughout the U.S., 23 million people are medically underserved and receive healthcare at one of more than 2,400 CCHCs.[1],[2],[3]  The number of people who receive care at these providers dramatically increased in recent years due to loss of insurance or limitations on coverage, and volume is expected to grow further. More than 7 million people are without health insurance, and at least 20.4 million have an earned income 200 percent below the Federal Poverty Level.[4] 

"This multi-year initiative brings together resources that make a difference in the lives of the medically underserved," said Malvise A. Scott, Senior Vice President of Partnership and Resource Development at NACHC. "We appreciate this partnership and the recognition of the important work of community health centers across the country."

To learn more about BD Helping Build Healthy Communities, the current awardees or apply for a future award, please visit

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