Merck Foundation Launches $16 Million Diabetes Initiative
The Merck Foundation, a U.S.-based private charitable foundation, has announced the launch of a five-year, $16 million initiative aimed at improving diabetes care and health outcomes for vulnerable and underserved populations in the United States.
The initiative, Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care, includes funding and other support for sustainable cross-sectoral partnerships designed to address the medical, social, and environmental factors that influence health; the redesign of healthcare systems with a focus on improving the delivery of diabetes care for vulnerable and underserved populations; and improvements in health outcomes for individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Initial grant recipients include Alameda County Public Health Department in Oakland, California; Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics in Orofino, Idaho; La Clínica del Pueblo in Washington, D.C.; Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia; Minneapolis Health Department in Minnesota; Providence St. Joseph Health in Renton, Washington; Trenton Health Team in New Jersey; and Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland.
The University of Chicago will serve as the national program office for the initiative, supporting grantees' efforts and providing leadership with respect to building national public-private partnerships that reduce disparities in diabetes care.