CVIM in the Media
November 5, 2021 Centre Daily Times
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now authorized for children ages 5-11, and those seeking the COVID-19 vaccine for that age group will have several options throughout Centre County in the coming days and weeks. That includes Centre Volunteers in Medicine, a free medical and dental clinic in Centre County. Kristi Mattzela, clinical services director for CVIM, said in an email that the demand for children’s vaccines is high, and the organization’s first clinic for young kids only will take place Saturday.
October 19, 2021 Centre Daily Times
Centre Volunteers in Medicine’s nearly decade-long search for a long-term home is over. The newly purchased building at 2026 Sandy Drive in Ferguson Township will likely offer about 11,000 square feet of space compared to the 6,700 square feet of floor space in its present location.
“The board and staff are excited about owning a long-term home where we can carry out our mission to serve the uninsured in Centre County,” Executive Director Cheryl White said Monday.
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.
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.”
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.
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!”