Quest Diagnostics and the Quest Diagnostics Foundation have announced a $100 million, multiyear initiative to address and reduce health disparities in underserved communities, including those impacted by COVID-19.
The effort will include donated services, education programs, partnerships, and financial support aimed at closing gaps in COVID-19 testing availability, addressing key social determinants of health that have limited access to testing and better health in underserved communities, and raising awareness about the importance of appropriate diagnostic testing for health and wellness. To help achieve those goals, Quest Diagnostics will partner with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), long-term care facilities, schools and universities, and community organizations.
"Through our role providing testing to the nation, Quest has seen how underserved populations have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 with tragic consequences. This major initiative is designed to address health disparities in the communities hardest hit by the pandemic," said Quest Diagnostics chair, president, and CEO Steve Rusckowski. "This values-based commitment builds on existing work we have done with [FQHCs] and others. Quest plans to donate testing services and fund a range of initiatives estimated to total more than $100 million aimed at improving access to testing and awareness of the value of diagnostic insights, which are the basic building blocks needed to build healthier communities."
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