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Kentucky clinic receives grant to battle poverty, food insecurity

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024   

A Kentucky community health center is one of eight facilities nationwide to participate in a program addressing food scarcity. The National Association of Community Health Centers' 2024 Innovation Incubator creates ways to expand access to healthy foods. White House Clinics, based in Richmond, will have funding and guidance from experts to help it design and test community-based solutions.

Morgan Bray, wellness program manager at White House Clinics, said food insecurity is a huge pressure point for many of its patients as well as the community.

"We have been addressing that in lots of other ways, through produce drops, through summer feeding. We're well plugged in with our local food banks, so the community has come to know us as a place to take care of those food-insecurity needs," Bray said.

A primary goal of the Innovation Incubator is to discover best practices for aiding millions of people and sharing information with health centers nationwide. The association and the global health-care company Abbott will share the results with 1,400 health centers across the country, impacting the care of more than 31 million patients.

The eight health centers are each awarded $30,000 each to develop and test new solutions over a six-month period. Bray says the lack of access to food is only one of the social problems her clinic deals with on a regular basis.

"We have those Appalachian roots, generational poverty that we experience. This is the hard part to talk about because you don't want to paint anything in a negative picture. But there's a tremendous amount of health disparities front and center that we're facing every day," Bray added.

Merrill Warschoff-Press, senior vice president for partnership, development and innovation with the National Association of Community Health Centers, said the facilities are uniquely suited to address the issues.

"Health centers are highly effective and innovated with integrated models of care. They reach far beyond the walls of the traditional exam room, not only to prevent illness and treat it but also to really address the social drivers that may cause poor health," Warschoff-Press said.

Disclosure: National Association of Community Health Centers contributes to our fund for reporting on Budget Policy & Priorities, Health Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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