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Twenty-Five Free & Charitable Clinics Awarded “Continuity in Care” Grants

Emergency Medical Packs bound for Dunn, North Carolina, leave Direct Relief’s warehouse Tuesday. Health centers and clinics in the area are still evaluating the damage in their communities from Hurricane Florence, which made landfall over the weekend. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)
Emergency Medical Packs bound for Dunn, North Carolina, leave Direct Relief’s warehouse Tuesday. Health centers and clinics in the area are still evaluating the damage in their communities from Hurricane Florence, which made landfall over the weekend. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)

Direct Relief, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) and the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) selected 25 clinics from applicants across the country to take part in the Continuity in Care Grant Program. The program provides funding for programs which will allow NAFC member organizations to continue or expand their ability to provide much needed health care for the medically underserved in their communities.

“Across the United States, our Free and Charitable Clinics and Charitable Pharmacies are dedicated to providing affordable, accessible health care in their communities,” says NAFC President and Chief Executive Officer Nicole Lamoureux. “Direct Relief and BD should be commended for their commitment to provide critical operational support to our members and in turn, our patients. Their dedication shows a clear understanding that philanthropy can truly change and save lives.”

The following 25 organizations were awarded funding for 2019:

  • Arlington Free Clinic, Arlington, Virginia
  • Centre Volunteers in Medicine, State College, Pennsylvania
  • Clínica Esperanza/Hope Clinic , Providence, Rhode Island
  • Faith Family Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Free Clinic of Meridian, Meridian, Mississippi
  • Free Clinic of Rome, Rome, Georgia
  • Good News Clinics, Gainesville, Georgia
  • Grace Clinic of Yadkin Valley, Elkin, North Carolina
  • Grace Medical Home, Inc., Orlando, Florida
  • Greater Killeen Free Clinic – DBA Greater Killeen Community Clinic, Killeen, Texas
  • Greenville Free Medical Clinic, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Health Access, Inc., Clarksburg, West Virginia
  • Health and Hope Clinic, Inc., Pensacola, Florida
  • Hope Health Clinic, LaGrange, Kentucky
  • Hope Within Ministries, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
  • Lake County Free Clinic, Painesville, Ohio
  • Luke’s House: A Clinic for Healing and Hope, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • NOVA ScriptsCentral Inc., Falls Church, Virginia
  • Of One Accord Inc (Church Hill Medical Mission – Clinic operated by Of One Accord), Rogersville, Tennessee
  • Prince William Area Free Clinic, Inc., Woodbridge, Virginia
  • Reach Out of Montgomery County, Dayton, Ohio
  • Regents of The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • The Night Ministry, Chicago, Illinois
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

These general operating support grants may be used to cover day-to-day activities or ongoing expenses such as salaries, utilities, office supplies, medical supplies, dental supplies, pharmaceutical supplies, technology maintenance, rent, expansion of services, project costs, technology purchases, and professional development.

This is the second year of the multi-year Continuity in Care Grant Program, which provides grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 for Free and Charitable Clinics, Charitable Pharmacies and State Associations. With over 250 applications this year, the continued need for support of Free and Charitable Clinics and Charitable Pharmacies is evident. After reviewing the applications and recognizing the overwhelming need for operational support, Direct Relief increased the initial amount of funding this year from $100,000 to a total of $250,000.

Free and charitable clinics are such a critical component of America’s healthcare safety net,” said Damon Taugher, Director of U.S. Programs for Direct Relief. “Direct Relief is excited to work again with NAFC and BD to recognize the critical day-to-day work these providers are doing for the communities across the country.”

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