Direct Relief, BD and the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics Announce Winners of the Innovation and Continuity in Care Grant Program

Alexandria, VA, Nov. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Direct Relief and BD have partnered with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) on the Innovation and Continuity in Care Grant Program. This funding is focused on 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. 

“The NAFC is thankful for the support of BD and Direct Relief who recognize the importance of supporting organizations that are dedicated to providing affordable, accessible health care in communities throughout the country,” says NAFC Chief Executive Officer Nicole Lamoureux said.  “This funding will allow our organizations to continue their important work in providing health care to the medically underserved and help build a healthy America, one person at a time.”

This multi-year program will provide one-year grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 for Free and Charitable Clinics, Charitable Pharmacies and State Associations.  The following organizations were awarded funding in 2017:

  • Christian Health Center, Camden, AR
  • Crossings Community Clinic, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Health Access, Inc., Clarksburg, WV
  • HelpCare Clinic, Kearney, NE
  • His Hands Free Clinic, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Hope Medical Clinic Inc., Ypsilanti, MI
  • Mission Medical Center, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church (Ogemaw Hills Free Clinic), West Branch, MI
  • Snake River Community Clinic, Lewiston, ID

This is the inaugural year of funding for the Innovation and Continuity in Care Grant Program.  With over 220 applications for this first year, the continued need for support of Free and Charitable Clinics and Charitable Pharmacies is evident, making the decision process difficult.

“The Innovations in Care Awards acknowledges the essential role of Free and Charitable Clinics in America’s healthcare safety net,” said Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief. “Direct Relief is excited to work once again with NAFC and BD to spotlight and elevate deserving providers for their amazing commitment to serving their patients and communities.”



About BD

BD is a global medical technology company that is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. BD leads in patient and health care worker safety and the technologies that enable medical research and clinical laboratories. The company provides innovative solutions that help advance cellular studies and genomics, enhance the diagnosis of infectious disease and cancer, improve medication management, promote infection prevention, equip surgical and interventional procedures, optimize respiratory care and support the management of diabetes. The company partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. BD has more than 45,000 associates across 50 countries who work in close collaboration with customers and partners to help enhance outcomes, lower health care delivery costs, increase efficiencies, improve health care safety and expand access to health. For more information on BD, please visit

About Direct Relief

Established in 1948 with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies, Direct Relief delivers lifesaving medical resources throughout the world -- without regard to politics, religion, ethnic identities, or ability to pay. With operations spanning more than 70 countries and all 50 states in the U.S., Direct Relief is the only charitable nonprofit to obtain Verified Accredited Wholesale Distributor (VAWD) © accreditation by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Among other distinctions, Direct Relief earns a perfect score of 100 from independent evaluator Charity Navigator, was listed among the world's most innovative nonprofits by Fast Company, and has received the CECP Directors' Award, the Drucker Prize for Nonprofit Innovation, and the President's Award from Esri for excellence in GIS mapping. For more information, please visit

About National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is the only nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of the medically underserved throughout the nation and the more than 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics that serve them.  Founded in 2001 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., the NAFC is working to ensure that the medically underserved have access to affordable quality health care and strives to be a national voice promoting quality health care for all. The NAFC has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar and a Four Star Ranking with Charity Navigator. 

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Exam Room from Grant Awardee Crossings Community Clinic, Oklahoma City, OK

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