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Helping Hands Increase HIV Testing & Treatment in the Bronx

Photo courtesy of Morris Heights Health Center.

A recent immigrant to the U.S., Asha* was grateful to connect with Kalina*, a Helping Hands Program recruiter with Morris Heights Health Center (MHHC) located in the Bronx, N.Y. After getting to know her, Kalina suspected Asha was pregnant and guided her to MHHC, where her pregnancy was confirmed. Unfortunately, she also tested positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), […]

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A Bold Experiment: 50 Years of Community Health in the U.S.

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All bold experiments are fueled initially with the energy of hope and potential, but rare is the one that not only works, but works better than envisioned and over generations. Piloted fifty years ago with President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, Health Centers are among those few experiments to succeed in both. On the 50th Anniversary of Health Centers, it […]

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400 Medical Outreach Packs Bound for Responders Across the U.S.

Direct Relief Medical Pack

Four hundred medical outreach backpacks will soon be on the way to more than 160 clinics and health centers across the country treating the nation’s most vulnerable people. The packs will assist health workers and responders in their emergency preparedness and response capabilities and will also be used for street outreach and health fairs. Modeled after Direct Relief’s Medical Reserve […]

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Remote Monitoring Helps People in North Carolina Manage Chronic Conditions

Willie Riddick (right) has been able to manage his health better with the remote monitoring program. BD Photo.

After several months of tracking her daily health screenings as part of the remote patient monitoring program at Roanoke-Chowan Community Health Center (RCCHC) in Ahoskie, N.C., Deborah Walker’s* nurse case manager Crystal noticed that Deborah’s blood pressure was up every Wednesday morning. To better understand why the peculiar pattern was occurring, Crystal asked Deborah about her activities on Tuesday night. […]

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Dental Clinic Helps Central Coast Children Smile Brighter

Children who attended the dental clinic each took home dental kits to maintain their healthy smiles.

Thirty-seven children in Santa Barbara County received dental care free-of-charge on Saturday as part of the Healthy Smiles program, coordinated by Direct Relief in collaboration with other local organizations. The clinic is held annually during February, National Children’s Dental Health Month. Hosted at the office of Dr. Samuel Burg in Santa Maria, Calif., the goal of Healthy Smiles is to […]

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Counting the Most Vulnerable People in Santa Barbara County

Young volunteers helped assemble the tools of engagement for the survey. From left to right: Kennah Shaffer, Kalum Shaffer, Cayden Tuttle, Kairos Shaffer

More than 600 volunteers woke up early in the morning to walk the streets of Santa Barbara County in California and survey people experiencing homelessness as part of the biennial Point-in-Time survey, held over two days at the end of January. Each small group of volunteers took with them lotion, sunscreen, and Neosporin donated by Direct Relief as well as […]

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