Two Health Centers Honored for Innovative Approaches to Medication Therapy Management
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Section: Spotlight Articles, October/November 2017

(from Direct Relief)

BD, Direct Relief, and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) honored five of the nation’s 1,400 Community Health Centers with the Innovations in Care Award at the 2017 Community Health Institute and EXPO in San Diego. Two of the five honorees, Cherokee Health Systems and Neighborhood Health, are from Tennessee.

Part of the BD Helping Building Healthy Communities initiative (HBHC) — a collaboration between BD, Direct Relief, and the National Association of Community Health Centers — the $200,000 annual award recognizes Community Health Centers for innovative approaches in medication therapy management programs that target vulnerable populations. Since the program’s inception in 2013, $3.6 million in awards have been presented to 31 health centers in 17 states, and BD has committed $10 million in cash and product donations for 845 health centers and clinics nationwide.

Cherokee Health Systems was honored for its efforts to expand medication therapy management and subsidize access to more than 4,000 patients with uncontrolled hypertension. Many of the patients targeted by the program live in remote rural areas or are transportation challenged due to mental illness, poverty, and other factors.

Neighborhood Health was recognized for its efforts to improve the knowledge of both patients and providers on medication therapies, identifying potential medication problems, and advancing pharmacist-recommended resolutions to help improve the health of Nashville-area homeless patients.

“A strong network of Community Health Centers is critical to improve access to our health system, and this year’s winners represent what’s possible for community health in the U.S.,” said Vincent A. Forlenza, chairman and CEO of BD. “The wellness, prevention and care that Community Health Centers provide help to avoid unnecessary hospital visits and sometimes represent the only care for some of our country’s most vulnerable populations.”

Each award-winning program is tailored to fit a unique set of barriers within each community, from Minneapolis, Minn., to Fort Meyers, Fla. Programs focus on medication therapy management services, in which pharmacists work with patients to use medication for the best possible health outcomes.

“The Innovations in Care Award recognizes the critical role of clinics and Community Health Centers as America’s healthcare safety net,” said Thomas Tighe, president and CEO of Direct Relief. “Direct Relief is delighted to work once again with BD and NACHC to highlight and elevate such deserving health centers for their amazing commitment, insight, and effectiveness in serving their patients and communities.”

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