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Bread of Life, Inc. partners with the Quest Diagnostics Foundation and local community partners to improve access to healthcare and create employment opportunities for underserved communities

Healthy Houston Collective includes a multi-pronged approach to addressing key disparities in the Houston Region

HOUSTON, October 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Bread of Life, Inc. announced the launch of the Healthy Houston Collective program, in partnership with the Quest Diagnostics Foundation, to improve access to affordable health care in underserved communities and reduce health disparities. health matters in Houston for more than 9,000 people.

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“We are celebrating 30 years of service to this community and the only way we have been able to do this work is through partnerships like the public-private collaboration with the Quest Foundation that we are celebrating today,” the senior pastor said. Rudy RasmusSt. John’s United Methodist Church & Executive Director, Bread of Life, Inc. “We fight for equity in health. Each month, we help thousands of food insecure families who continue to need our support and this initiative will help expand opportunities for health equity in our city.

Bread of Life, Inc. (BOL), is a non-profit organization formed by St. John’s Church in Houston. BOL provides a full range of services and addresses inequalities that affect individuals and families living in Houston and the surrounding region. BOL received a $3.8 million grant from the Quest Diagnostics Foundation through Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE), a multi-year initiative of Quest Diagnostics and the Quest Foundation focused on providing a combination of donated screening services, education programs and funding to support initiatives to close the gap in health care disparities in underserved communities across the United States

“The Quest Foundation is proud to announce the Bread of Life Health Houston Collective, one of our biggest commitments yet as part of our Quest for Health Equity initiative,” said Michael Prevoznik, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Q4HE Executive Co-Sponsor, Quest Diagnostics. “At Quest, we like to say that healthcare is a team sport. We know that no single entity can close the gaps in healthcare and we are committed to working together to help solve the healthcare gap. the critical health issues of underserved communities in Houston.”

The funds will support the BOL Healthy Houston Collective, a multi-year initiative focused on addressing health care disparities in underserved communities in Houston and Harris County through four program areas: the Community Care Program, the Bread of Life Academy and Eco-life staffthe Federal Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Collaborations and the Community Organization (CBO) Grant Renewal Program.

“The Healthy Houston Collective will help the underserved Houston communities bridge the gap between residents and the health care system that so often leaves the community behind,” the pastor said. Yvette TarantCEO, Bread of Life, Inc. “We are currently going through a public health crisis and I am happy and hopeful to partner with Quest to bring health services, healthcare worker training, testing and job opportunities to underresourced communities.”

The community care program uses certified community health workers who live in underserved communities to help connect their neighbors to the health system. Although they are not doctors or medical professionals, they are powerful advocates. Community health workers will work with and empower individuals by addressing social determinant barriers and supporting long-term health gains through health education and connections to services.

As part of the Community Care Program, BOL partners with the Patient Care Intervention Center, a non-profit organization that leverages technology, health data sharing, and public health best practices to empower patients and providers the means to achieve sustainable health outcomes and financial viability. This data-driven approach will be used to develop specific strategies to improve patient outcomes.

“Seventy percent of our health is influenced by things we are not always aware of; things like education, employment, economic stability and access,” said Dr. Sarah SimmonsDirector of Health Outcomes, Bread of Life, Inc. “The Healthy Houston Collective is our solution to impacting our community, through strong community partnerships we will be able to work together to utilize the great resources that already exist in Houston and make them available to people who need them.”

In conjunction with the University of Houston Community Health Worker Initiative, Bread of Life Academy for Health Careers provides training for phlebotomists and community health workers. This provides graduates with stable employment opportunities and meets the needs of the local healthcare system. These graduates will receive additional support from community partner Community Care Cooperative to provide opportunities for home ownership and economic mobility. Quest has also paved the way for Certified Community Health Workers to help staff 75 Quest sites for short- or long-term employment opportunities.

The BOL Healthy Houston Collective includes an FQHC collaboration with charity clinics to provide greater access to quality health care. By adding a broader and more diverse network of FQHC partners, BOL Community Health Workers will be able to address the social needs of patients to help improve engagement and health outcomes.

In response to providing community-based programs that match the needs of the larger community, the BOL Healthy Houston Collective is also adding a CBO regregation program to support nutrition and behavioral health services. According to rice university Kinder Institute for Urban Research, more than 500,000 Houstonians live in food deserts or low-income areas where the nearest grocery store in an urban area is more than a mile away. One of the CBO Regrants that will target seniors facing this issue is a partnership with Lucille’s 1913. Lucille’s 1913 operates as a non-profit entity, and their “Better Measure Program” will provide nutritious meals to 100 seniors confined to home for 90 days. period. Community health workers and other health professionals will visit the homes of program participants to identify barriers, perform diagnostic tests, and collect data to assess program effectiveness.

“We are proud to be part of this important initiative and to have the opportunity to provide nutritious meals to homebound seniors to help them improve their health,” said Dr. Robertine JeffersonCEO, Lucille’s 1913. “Our program includes the delivery of culturally relevant meals to better support diverse communities in a way that recognizes their backgrounds and allows them to choose healthy options that match their cultural traditions and preferences.”

The BOL Healthy Houston Collective partners with the following professional entities that support the four areas of this program: University of Houston Community Health Worker Initiative; health care professional education services; Eco-life staff; Avenue 360 ​​Health and Wellness (FQHC); Vecino Health Center; Clinic of Christ; 1913 by Lucille; and the Community Care Cooperative.

About Healthy Houston Collective, a project of Bread of Life, Inc.

St. John’s Church was founded in 1992 under the leadership of Pastors Rudy and Juanita Rasmus with a simple mission to serve hot, nutritious meals to homeless men and women downtown Houston Region. In 1994, the church formed Bread of Life, Inc. (BOL), a nonprofit organization that provides a full range of services and addresses inequalities affecting individuals and families living in Houston and the surrounding region. Almost 30 years later, BOL is still focused on supporting underserved communities and restoring hope in Houston through its program areas. BOL has had a huge impact in Bayou City in the spread of homelessness, hunger, disaster relief, as well as improving health outcomes and continues to help create better quality of life for the inhabitants of Houston. Bread of Life, Inc. (breadoflifeinc.org)

About Quest for Health Equity

Quest for Health Equity is an initiative of Quest Diagnostics and the Quest Diagnostics Foundation focused on providing resources, funding, testing services and education to address health disparities in underserved communities across United States.

About the Quest Diagnostics Foundation

The Quest Diagnostics Foundation was established in 2001 to promote the benefits of healthcare and wellness, to aid in the prevention, early detection, monitoring and treatment of disease, and to educate the general public and healthcare professionals on health issues. Together with Quest Diagnostics, the Foundation sponsors Quest for Health Equity.

About Quest Diagnostics

Quest Diagnostics empowers people to take action to improve health outcomes. Derived from the world’s largest database of clinical laboratory results, Quest’s diagnostic insights reveal new pathways to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors and improve healthcare management. Quest Diagnostics serves one in three American adults and half of the doctors and hospitals in the United States, and our nearly 50,000 employees understand that, in the right hands and in the right context, our diagnostic information can inspire life-changing action. www.QuestDiagnostics.com.

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