Parker Family Health Center is the proud recipient of a $5,000 CVS Health Community Grant. The Community Grants Program was created by CVS Health as part of its committment to building healthier communities. These grants support nonprofit organizations that are providing much-needed access to health care for at-risk and underserved populations. This grant will support Parker’s holistic diabetes management program for close to 300 uninsured, medically underserved patients suffering with diabetes. Specifically, the grant will fund 100 hours of direct care and diabetes education from the diabetes coordinator, an advanced practice nurse.

At Parker Family Health Center, one out of every four adult patients is under treatment for diabetes, reflecting both the high rate of disease among a poor, largely minority population and the need for diabetes treatment in the local community. The Centers for Disease Control reports that 8.5 percent of Monmouth County residents are diagnosed diabetics, while a study commissioned by Meridian Health, the area hospital system, found a higher prevalence of 11.4 percent for diabetes in the county.

Parker Family Health Center has developed an intensive, holistic program of care to improve the health of its diabetic patients. The program objective is to bring patients’ diabetes under control through effective treatment, while teaching them to manage a lifelong chronic disease by making healthier lifestyle choices. Caring corporations such as CVS help Parker Family strengthen this effective program.