Safelight Family Advocacy Center

July 6, 2023

Safelight is a comprehensive nonprofit agency serving survivors of interpersonal violence and abuse (i. e. domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, elder abuse, and child abuse) in Henderson County, North Carolina. They offer a continuum of services that help survivors move from crisis to sustainability. These include the largest 24/7 emergency shelter and hotline for survivors in western NC, a counseling center with individual and support group services, an accredited child advocacy center with child medical exams and forensic interviews, a family advocacy center with legal, law enforcement and medical advocacy, a job training program and an outreach program for prevention and education in the community. All services are offered free of charge in a safe, secure, and nonjudgmental environment.


Self BP Monitoring Saves Lives

June 21, 2023

Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network is dedicated to promoting health equity, and honoring the dignity of all women, fathers, and families by providing educational information, empowering support, advocacy, and emphasizing connection to community resources and services in WNY. Cardiac issues have been identified as one of the major causes of maternal morbidity and mortality and can cause recurrences in future pregnancies or cause chronic health problems later in life. BPPN wanted to assist in reducing these numbers by monitoring for hypertension through the use of a Self-Monitoring BP program for pregnant and postpartum mothers. BPPN purchased 65 automatic blood pressure cuffs to be utilized by pregnant and postpartum women through funding from the James H. Cummings Foundation. The goal is to… GET THE FULL STORY >

Jacobs Institute i2R

January 17, 2023

The Jacobs Institute’s i2R, or Idea to Reality Center, is at the cutting edge of vascular medicine. The i2R is focused on developing novel, smart-engineered endovascular medical devices at a faster pace and in a more cost-effective way, getting them to patients sooner. The i2R creates devices designed by or with the physicians who use them. Physicians are on-site and available to i2R engineers so that our engineering team can quickly prototype and validate potential devices. Our unique medical device development model streamlines the proof-of-concept process. With a grant from the James H. Cummings Foundation, we were able to purchase a catheter braider machine as well as a catheter laminator that allows us to customize our devices in house.


Gerard Place Food pantry

May 25, 2021

Founded 20 years ago by the Women Religious Congregations of Western New York, Gerard Place, in response to the long-term effects of the pandemic, has opened a new permanent food pantry in the Bailey-Delevan neighborhood to meet the nutritional needs of people who reside in what is classified as a food desert.  Gerard Place also partners with FeedMore for a monthly Food Express delivery and with Friends of the Night People to offer this very poor community a meal program  (now take-out due to pandemic) twice per week. The increased need for the take-out meal program highlighted a critical need for food and other basic supplies for the families of this neighborhood.

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Blue Ridge Community Health Center

May 25, 2021

The Hendersonville Family Medicine Residency Program has a mission to train residents to serve all people. They are supported by a consortium of Blue Ridge Health as the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) where they care for nearly 50% uninsured patients.   Mountain Area Health Education Center that supports the educational work they do. After medical school, the residents train to be board certified Family Doctors over three years, and they work to place them in rural and underserved communities at graduation. They are always looking for ways to equip their learners in a way that positively impacts their patients.  In the future family doctors will be in utilizing technology to help guide their medical decisions. Point of care ultrasound (POCUS),… GET THE FULL STORY >