BD, Direct Relief, and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) honored 10 of the nation’s 1,200 community health centers with the Innovations in Care Award at the 2016 Community Health Institute and EXPO in Chicago.
Part of the BD Helping Build Healthy Communities initiative — a collaboration between BD, Direct Relief, and NACHC — the $100,000 awards acknowledge innovative approaches to the prevention and treatment of diseases that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. The initiative includes a commitment by BD of approximately $5 million in cash and product for community health centers and clinics nationwide.
The Raphael Health Center took a Population Health approach in treating its newly diagnosed, high-risk patients with diabetes. Lead by a Diabetes Navigator, the Diabetes Medical Home Partnership program, identifies and categorizes patients based on the stage of diagnosis and sets the frequency of education information, including in person meetings, and follow up text messages and phone calls. The Diabetes Navigator helps determine the barriers to care that a patient may face and works with Care Manager and healthcare team to remove the obstacles. A diabetes “checklist” tool tracks and focuses the program’s outcome measures.