Partner Spotlight: Making point of care laboratories possible

In collaboration with partners, Heart to Heart International recently announced the 2020/2021 product-based grants to six clinics across the United States through the Point of Care, Enhancing Clinical Effectiveness program. The program began in 2017 and is funded by BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) and implemented by HHI in conjunction with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC).

The program is part of a continued effort from all three organizations to support and improve evidence-based care in free and charitable clinics.

Two other partners also contribute to the success of the program through donated products. In celebration of this month’s announcement of the 2020/2021 grant announcement, we are highlighting the importance Abbott Laboratories and Henry Schein, Inc. play in this program.

Abbott Laboratories and Abbott Fund donate reagents for all six of the grant-awarded labs for one year. Henry Schein donates reagents and supplies for the clinics participating in the program. Reagents are used to detect the presence or measure the amount of a substance in the body. These are critical to the success of point of care laboratory testing, which allows physicians and medical staff to accurately achieve real-time, lab-quality diagnostic results within minutes rather than hours.

Abbott Laboratories is committed to building life-changing technologies that adapt and respond quickly to changes in the world and to deliver better solutions to help people live their best lives. Abbott Laboratories has been a partner of HHI since 2002, donating medicine and supporting disaster relief efforts and HHI’s Global Volunteer Development.

The Henry Schein, Inc. through its corporate social responsibility program, Henry Schein Cares, works to strengthen disaster preparedness and relief efforts worldwide through NGO partnerships, and cash and product donations. In 2018-2019, HHI was a recipient of the generosity from the Henry Schein We Care Global Challenge, and facilitated events where employees assembled almost 40,000 hygiene kits at locations throughout the world. Henry Schein Cares also supports HHI’s disaster response efforts and has been a partner since 2010.

With this year’s grant to the six selected clinics, more than 18,000 patient visits are expected to be positively impacted through the enhanced diagnostic capabilities.

About BD
BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company supports the heroes on the frontlines of health care by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for health care providers. BD and its 70,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of clinicians’ care delivery process, enable laboratory scientists to accurately detect disease and advance researchers’ capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics. BD has a presence in virtually every country and partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. By working in close collaboration with customers, BD can help enhance outcomes, lower costs, increase efficiencies, improve safety and expand access to health care. For more information on BD, please visit or connect with us on LinkedIn at and Twitter @BDandCo.

About the 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 1,400 Free and Charitable Clinics that serve them. The NAFC has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. 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. For more information about the NAFC, please visit Follow the NAFC on Twitter at @NAFClinics and on Facebook at

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