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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 12:06 pm

Verbatim: CVS Health Foundation Awards $55,000 in Grants to Indiana Clinics to Help Patients Manage Diabetes

The following was released on Tues. July 10, 2018 by The CVS Health Foundation: 

INDIANA, July 9, 2018 - The CVS Health Foundation - a private charitable organization created by CVS Health - in partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) has awarded a total of $55,000 in grants to three clinics in Indiana, including Garrett's St. Martin's Healthcare, Inc., Goshen's Center for Healing & Hope and Fort Wayne's Matthew 25, Inc.

The CVS Health Foundation recently extended its commitment to the NAFC with $1 million in new grants. The Indiana clinics are three of 49 free clinics across the country receiving funding as part of the Foundation's ongoing effort to make quality healthcare convenient and affordable for more Americans.

"The rising cost of healthcare can make finding quality and affordable care harder to come by for many Americans," said Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation. "Through our support of the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, we're able to increase access to quality care, improve chronic disease management and care coordination to help improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable patients and reduce health care costs in the communities we serve."

St. Martin's Healthcare, Inc. (Garrett) received a $15,000 grant to help diabetes and hypertension patients create individualized self-management plans to improve compliance. The grant will allow the clinic to perform initial assessments and screen patients at-risk for diabetes and hypertension and establish procedures for administering standards of care such as checking A1C, with a goal of helping patients improve their well-being and quality of life.

"Diabetes and hypertension continue to be two of the most prevalent chronic diseases in our nation. In DeKalb and Noble counties, 10-12 percent of adults have been diagnosed with diabetes," said Tammy Stafford, Executive Director, St. Martin's Healthcare, Inc. "It's critical that our clinic help improve self-management skills in a compassionate and meaningful manner and the CVS Health Foundation's grant is helping us do just that."

A $20,000 grant to the Center for Healing & Hope (Goshen) will allow the clinic to upgrade its Latino Diabetic Initiative and add a dedicated bilingual physician who will provide continuity of care for patients with chronic disease such as diabetes and hypertension. The grant will also allow the clinic to partner with a bilingual diabetic-trained community worker to make home and school visits to further engage newly diagnosed Latino diabetics.

"The Center for Healing & Hope diagnosed 55 new diabetics over a two-year period, 85 percent of them Latino. We will use this grant to implement a team approach to engage these patients in opportunities for self-care by coaching and educating them in Spanish. We are already seeing improved participation in individual and group learning participation," said Bryan Mierau, Executive Director, The Center for Healing & Hope.

Matthew 25, Inc. (Fort Wayne) will use its $20,000 grant to expand its Diabetes Education Program by adding diabetes education classes for patients. Patients in the program learn how to manage their diabetes with exercise, healthy eating and taking their medication when appropriate.

"The most common medical issues our clinic is facing are cardiovascular and metabolic diseases," said Ermina Mustedanagic, Director of Operations, Matthew 25, Inc. "After six months, we hope to provide 390 diabetes education visits to people in the community who have been diagnosed with the disease."

The new funds bring the Foundation's total contribution to NAFC to more than $4.5 million since 2015. To date, CVS Health and its Foundation has contributed more than $170,000 consisting of grants, event sponsorships, foundation scholarships, gift cards and product donations, among other initiatives and items, to nonprofits in the state of Indiana that align with the company's purpose of helping people on their path to better health.