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August 1, 2021 Centre Daily Times
After picking up baking during the COVID-19 pandemic, Centre County teens Yunus Alptekinoglu and Omer Kurt found a way to use the hobby to help a community organization that has played a critical role in vaccine rollout. Their goal? Bake and sell enough cookies to donate $1,000 to Centre Volunteers in Medicine. They met and exceeded their goal in five weeks.
“Our hearts are warmed by the initiative of these two students who used their time and talents to raise funds to help us care for the under-served in our community,” CVIM Executive Director Cheryl White wrote in an email. “What a great example of how young people can be philanthropic too.”
April 29, 2021 Direct Relief News
Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) is one of eight health facilities to receive funding through the Teva Enhancing Access2Care Program — a joint initiative sponsored by Direct Relief and Teva Pharmaceuticals. Since launching in 2017, the program has provided more than $450,000 to health centers and clinics taking innovative approaches to care. At CVIM, funding has been used to integrate behavioral health checks into primary care appointments, expanding access to mental health services for patients who are low-income or uninsured. The clinic is currently in the process of analyzing data on the effects of treatment integration.
March 9, 2021 Centre Daily Times
Centre Volunteers in Medicine’s bootstrapped effort to vaccinate thousands of Centre County residents against the coronavirus is spearheaded by a woman who has poured in at least 50 hours per week for months.
Clinical Services Director Kristi Mattzela is the nonprofit’s COVID-19 vaccine coordinator, a wide-ranging job that includes everything from placing orders to scheduling clinics. Colleagues and county residents have been quick to praise CVIM.
Geisinger primary care physician and volunteer Kristen Frank-Dixon described Mattzela as “one of the most passionate, driven people” she’s met. I firmly believe it’s only happening because she personally has taken this upon herself to make sure that as many people get vaccinated as possible. I find it amazing,”
March 10, 2021 Centre Daily Times
More than 1,100 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered on Monday March 15 and Tuesday March 16 at the BJC by Centre Volunteers in Medicine.
”CVIM is thrilled to continue our vaccination efforts for the community; and thanks to Penn State and the use of their BJC, we can offer additional large-scale vaccine clinics,” Wright said. “We long for a sense of normalcy. Therefore, our goal is to vaccinate as many folks as possible, and with venues like the BJC, we move closer to our goal each week”
All appointments are filled for CVIM's current vaccination clinic. Those interested in being vaccinated at future CVIM clinics can add their name to a waiting list at cvim.net/covid-vaccination.
October 13, 2021 Press Release
Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) has recently assumed the responsibilities of the Centre County Breast Cancer Coalition (CCBCC) and services will continue for free mammograms and other screenings for individuals living and working in Centre County. Our breast care coalition is a collaboration among agencies, organizations and private citizens in the community helping to overcome barriers to obtain effective and affordable breast care services. Read more---->
June 16, 2020 The Express
Centre Foundation has awarded its first grants from the COVID-19 ACTION (Activating Contributions to Invest in Operations of Nonprofits) Fund in the amount of $100,000 to local nonprofits addressing the immediate health and human services needs of Centre County residents as a result of the pandemic. Centre Volunteers in Medicine will receive $10,000 to expand telemedicine in response to COVID-19. With this funding, CVIM will expand the availability of telemedicine visits, provide triage care, screen dental emergencies, expand behavioral health visits, and expand case management services.
April 27, 2020 State College.com
As we head into our second month of shutdowns and social distancing, we are seeing the goodness in our neighborhoods and in our communities at large. CVIM was established in 2003 in State College to provide medical and dental care to Centre County residents that don’t have health insurance. During the Covid-19 pandemic, CVIM is concerned with being able to buy the personal protection equipment that they need to be able to treat their patients. Even as restrictions are lifted, medical personnel, especially dental practitioners, are going to need extensive protective equipment for a long time. Individuals can provide financial assistance earmarked for this purpose by donating to a GoFundMe effort.
February 27, 2020 Penn State News
Penn State and the United Way have teamed together to create a video and a story highlighting Centre Volunteers in Medicine. CVIM is a United Way partner and they generously help to support our Richard Madore Dental Clinic dental program.
A special thank you to the entire team from the Penn State Office of Strategic Communications who produced the video. They spent weeks of production work putting the story and video together. We think this video and story capture much of what we do here very well.
February 4, 2020 WJAC TV
The Marathoners for Medicine began their 2020 season with a kickoff celebration at CVIM on Thursday, February 6th. Runners got a tour of the CVIM facility and enjoyed some camaraderie with their fellow runners.
Marathoners for Medicine officially became a group in 2010, but runners have been supporting CVIM since we opened our doors in 2003. Their efforts have raised hundreds of thousands of dollar to support the medically underserved in our community, and we are proud to host this event.
January 27, 2020 Penn State News
Before she came to the Centre Volunteers in Medicine, State College resident Jane Pennington found herself facing an impossible choice. Pennington knew she needed extensive dental care and maintenance, and that it was critical for her daughter to receive pediatric dental care. But could she somehow manage to pay that considerable cost out of pocket, or did she save that money for day-to-day necessities?
Every year, one in three Centre County residents accesses vital services funded by the Centre County United Way. The United Way which brings together 28 partner agencies across Centre County that work in education, health and financial stability.
One of those partner agencies is the Centre Volunteers in Medicine, or CVIM — a free clinic that offers comprehensive dental services funded by the United Way to families like Pennington and her young daughter.
April 30, 2020 The Collegian
April 30, 2020 StateCollege.com
June 13, 2017 Centre Daily Times
On Thursday, October 1st, Centre Foundation’s Board of Directors approved 41 grants to be awarded from Phase Two of the COVID-19 ACTION (Activating Contributions to Invest in Operations of Nonprofits) Fund. Of the $158,500 in grants issued, CVIM received $5000 to partially support their operational or programmatic needs to provide services during the COVID-19 crisis.
“It is our hope that this additional funding assists the local organizations working to serve our community despite the challenging addition of financial hardship due to COVID-19,” said Molly Kunkel, Centre Foundation Executive Director. “For many, the programs and services provided by the nonprofit community are a lifeline. We can’t let that work go interrupted.”
Highmark Foundation awarded Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) a one-year, $125,000 grant for a new program to integrate behavioral health services with primary care for uninsured residents living or working in Centre Country. The introduction of the AIMS (Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions) collaborative care model will bring much needed behavioral healthcare services to existing and new medical patients at CVIM.
CVIM Clinical Services director Kristi Mattzela said the grant would enable adding part-time paid behavioral health professionals to the existing team of volunteer providers, a step that would improve health outcomes. “Collaborative care is a specific evidence based type of integrated care developed at the University of Washington. This care has been shown to lead to better patient outcomes, better patient and provider satisfaction, improved patient functioning and cost reductions in healthcare,” said Mattzela. “We are thrilled to offer our patients life-changing collaborative enabled by the Highmark Foundation commitment.”
“Comprehensive, integrated care leads to improved health outcomes, quality of care, and better collaboration between clinical specialties,” said Yvonne Cook, president, Highmark Foundation. She added, “This type of collaborative care will help bring together primary care and behavioral health systems, creating a new and dynamic model of care that will improve access to much needed services for patients.”
Centre Volunteers in Medicine is a free clinic providing Centre County residents and those working in Centre County with no health insurance a place to go for primary health care, emergency and restorative dental care, medication assistance and case management services. CVIM treats over 400 patients per year, who will receive the expanded AIMS support.
About Highmark Foundation
The Highmark Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private, charitable organization dedicated to improving the health, well-being, and quality of life for individuals and communities throughout the areas served by Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. We fulfill our mission by awarding high-impact grants to charitable organizations that implement evidence-based programs aimed at improving community health. Central to the Foundation’s mission is identifying and continuously re-evaluation our region’s prevailing health care needs. By doing so, the Foundation remains at the forefront of those needs, well equipped to pinpoint issues that most urgently need support.
Centre Volunteers in Medicine was one of 24 community organizations to receive a Field-of-Interest grant from the Center Foundation in December 2019. The $6,665 award will provide financial assistance to low-income individuals to purchase hearing aids. The annual field-of-Interest grants fund community programs in education, health and social services, animal welfare, youth development and the performing arts.
On January 28, 2019 the Pennsylvania Vision Foundation announced that it granted $20,000 to programs of partner agencies to connect Pennsylvanians with healthy vision in 2018.
“Over the past year, we focused on deepening our relationships with existing partner agencies and expanding to include other agencies,” said Dr. Andrew Leitzel, O.D., Executive Director of the Foundation. “By growing these relationships, we are able to provide additional funding to reach even more Pennsylvanians.”
The $20,000 in grants has aided Vision Resource Center of Berks County, Centre Volunteers in Medicine and the FOCUS Pittsburgh Free Health Center.
“Partnering with PA Vision Foundation provides an important benefit to the low-income, uninsured patients at Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM),” said Cheryl White, Executive Director, CVIM. “The physicians and nurses in the medical clinic find the benefit program easy to use and patients are able to pick from many participating eye doctors for their care. One returning patient proudly showed off his new frames and lenses saying ‘Look, I can see!’ The medical team recognizes the important role the program plays in being able to provide comprehensive care to patients. Thank you, PA Vision Foundation!”