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The Caring Connection Newsletters
CVIM IN THE MEDIA
The Marathoners for Medicine are about to 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.
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.
Central Cycling Classic-Riding to Make a Difference
Good weather is coming soon! Registration is open, so now is the time to sign up for the 12th Annual Central Cycling Classic on June 27th. Included are three scenic bike loops through picturesque Central Pennsylvania. The routes are set up for all level of cyclists.
- Metric Century (66 Miles): 8:30 a.m.
- 1/2-Metric Century (33.6 Miles): 9:30 a.m.
- 18 Mile Loop (17.91 Miles): 10:30 a.m
Give Kids a Smile and Vision for the Future Day
On April 24th CVIM will conduct the 16th Annual Give Kids a Smile and Vision for the Future Day. Children, ages 1–18 will receive free comprehensive dental care and free vision screenings, all thanks to the compassionate hearts of many local professionals. The event will be held at the Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics offices in Grays Woods where their dentists and orthodontist will be joined by other local dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants to provide care to uninsured children. Exams, cleanings, fillings and more will all be provided for free at this one day event.
Dr. Marla Moon and the staff of Nittany Eye Associates Grays Woods provide vision screenings and additional vision care as needed. Volunteers will be on hand to register children and hand out goodie bags with toothbrushes, toothpaste, sunglasses and educational information. CVIM would like to thank the State College Kiwanis for their support of Give Kids a Smile and their dedication to children’s oral health.
Albrect Audiology is offering vouchers for the children to come to their facility for free hearing screenings as well.
If your child is currently having a dental issue do not wait until this event. Contact CVIM at 231-4043.
CVIM would also like to thank these partners for Give Kids A Smile Day: Colgate, Henry-Dental, Vision Benefits of America, and Dick Erdley - Harris Township Lions Club for their generous support.
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!”