BD Helping Build Healthy Communities™

Awarding Innovation in Community Health

An initiative by BD, Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers to expand access and improve care for underserved populations in the U.S.
“My goal is to just change one person’s life a day for the better.” Tyler Wilson PharmD. Clinical Pharmacist. Cherokee Health. Knoxville. TN.  

Through an award from BD and Direct Relief, Tyler is able to provide outreach and support to hypertension patients in rural areas and those experiencing homelessness. PHOTO: DONNIE HEDDEN

Previous Winners

Since 2013, 48 grants have been issued through the BD Helping Build Healthy Communities initiative to health centers across 20 states. More than $6.7 million in funding has been awarded to health providers for their innovative approaches in patient care.

Pharmacist Rachel Rivera, right, began the Transitions of Care program in 2019. Beginning in 2020, she began helping Covid-19 patients who were released from the hospital. (Photo courtesy of Henry J. Austin Health Center)

After Covid-19 Patients Come Home

A New Jersey health center has a program designed to get patients released from the hospital the medication and follow-ups they need.