The Boston Scientific Foundation
The Boston Scientific Foundation, Inc. is at work in clinics, schools and neighborhoods across the United States, helping to expand access to quality health care and educational opportunities for underserved populations.
Mobile Health Clinics: The Family Van
The Boston Scientific Foundation is proud to support the Family Van, a program of Harvard Medical School providing free preventative health services, health education, and referrals to individuals in underserved neighborhoods across Boston.
Recently, State Officials at the Massachusetts Partnership for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention’s Winter Summit met to outline strategies for optimizing the health of Massachusetts residents.
With the advent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), government agencies, insurers, and health care providers are developing strategies to effectively manage populations and reduce the cost of their care and unnecessary use of healthcare resources.
Mobile health clinics, like the Family Van in Boston, were identified as part of the solution. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and now the State of Massachusetts recognize that linkages between clinical settings and communities must be strengthened in order to remove barriers to care and improve self-management of chronic disease and associated risk factors.
Mobile health clinics, like the Family Van, provide linkages between communities, healthcare providers and social services. They have demonstrated the ability to reduce unnecessary spending and improve the health of their patients.
As a result of advocacy efforts by the Family Van and other clinics, the Division of Prevention and Wellness at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has recommended that mobile/community care as the exemplary community – clinical partnership.
Our health-related grants aim to improve the health of those with significant unmet needs by enhancing access and quality of care, and supporting disease prevention and awareness efforts.
Our primary focus is improving educational opportunities and skill development for those who are economically disadvantaged or otherwise at risk of not achieving their full potential. Of particular interest are innovative programs and services which increase learning within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) disciplines for K-12 students.
Spotlight on Employee Community Teams
2013 Minnesota Employee Community Team Members
The legacy of caring at Boston Scientiﬁc has a strong and consistent presence in our work, and in our commitment to others. Evidence of our caring culture can be seen in the work of the Boston Scientiﬁc Foundation’s Employee Community Teams (ECTs). Each year, Employee Community Teams located in California, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Minnesota, dedicate time to evaluate applications submitted to the Boston Scientiﬁc Foundation.
ECT members are made up of employees from across the organization who take the time to read and evaluate applications, call and visit potential grantees (organizations that may benefit from a Foundation grant) and convene as a group to make final recommendations to the Boston Scientific Foundation Board on a quarterly basis.
Since 2002, we have donated more than $32 million dollars to support innovative community organizations that are making a difference in the health and education for people of all ages. Our impact has been both immediate and long-lasting, as we aim for our support to help bring about systematic change. Note: A report of the grants made by the Boston Scientific Foundation can be found in the Foundation’s IRS 990 filings and in our Annual Reports.