TD Bank has announced grants totaling $7.5 million in support of disease prevention efforts and improved access to early disease detection.
Awarded through the second annual TD Ready Challenge, grants of $750,000 each will support preventative efforts such as screenings, early detection, and innovative interventions aimed at reducing the onset, development, and severity of chronic disease and illness in underserved communities. The challenge is part of The Ready Commitment, a multiyear effort dedicated to creating more inclusive and sustainable communities.
Selected from nearly four hundred applicants, the recipients include four U.S.-based healthcare organizations and six organizations in Canada. The American recipients include the Fund for Public Health in New York City, which will use its grant to expand its successful Quickie Lab pilot, a rapid chlamydia and gonorrhea testing system for asymptomatic patients, to the Fort Greene Sexual Health Clinic in Brooklyn; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in upstate New York, which will use its grant to launch a dedicated organoid facility that helps ensure widespread access to advanced cancer testing and improved outcomes for cancer patients; the Baystate Health Foundation/Baystate Health in Massachusetts, which will use the funds to launch a mobile preventive health clinic and develop an interdisciplinary education plan for the next generation of healthcare professionals; and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, whose Growing Resilience in Teens (GRIT) project will use the grant to improve the health of vulnerable children and families through clinic-based screenings for exposure to violence and trauma and referrals to community-based organizations.
"While advances in health care enable many to lead healthier lives, the unfortunate reality is that not all communities have equal access to quality health care," said TD Bank CEO Greg Braca. "We believe that when people feel better about their health, they feel better about their future, which is why we're focused on supporting research, solutions, and technologies that make health care more accessible for everyone. The Ready Challenge is an incredible opportunity for the bank to help improve the lives of our customers, colleagues, and communities."
For a complete list of this year's TD Ready Challenge recipients, see the TD website.
(Photo credit: Baystate Health Foundation)