Grant to fund diabetes program, other services at free clinic in Xenia

Xenia’s Living Well Clinic is one of four free healthcare clinics in the state to receive a grant from the CVS Health Foundation and National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.

The clinic, at 1160 N. Monroe Drive, received $20,000 and plans to use the grant in part to provide more medical devices and hire a program coordinator for diabetic initiatives, according to a statement from Living Well Clinic Exectuve Director Joshua Cernetic.

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“We could not be more excited about receiving this grant, as the funding will provide additional medical devices and supplies to our patients and allow us to hire a program coordinator to oversee our ongoing diabetic initiatives,” said Joshua Cernetic, executive director of Living Well Clinic. 

Diabetes has reached “epidemic proportions nationally, and the lower-income residents ... particularly have been disproportionately affected by this chronic disease,” according to a release from CVS Health.

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The CVS Health Foundation and NAFC is providing a total of $75,000 in grants to Ohio clinics; the other recipients are the Lorain County Free Clinic, Lakewood’s North Coast Health Clinic and Painesville’s Lake County Free Clinic, according to the release.

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Eileen Howard Boone, CVS Health Foundation president, said in a prepared statement that the rising costs of healthcare are making it harder to find “quality and affordable care ... for many Americans.” 

“Through our support of the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, we’re able to increase access to quality care, improve chronic disease management and care coordination to help improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable patients and reduce health care costs in the communities we serve,” Boone’s statement reads.

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The Living Well Clinic is a faith-based charity providing no-cost healthcare to the medically needy of Greene County.

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