Each year, we bestow two Hero of Hope Awards - one to an individual and one to a partner facility. The Hero of Hope Award recipients go above and beyond for their patients, leading collaboration with others and inspiring systemic improvements to increase medication access within their communities. They implement innovative and meaningful ways to engage with and advocate for the most vulnerable among their patients.
We are thrilled to announce that Community Volunteers in Medicine was selected for the 2021 Hero of Hope Award.
Pictured above L to R: Phoebe Servano; Margaret Muller, RPh; Susan Shughrue, RPh, BCACP, CDE; and Sunci Moniz
Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) has been a valued member of the Dispensary of Hope network for over six years. Located in West Chester, PA, the clinic is deeply rooted in the community and continues to expand medication access year over year.
In 2019, CVIM invited the Dispensary of Hope team to capture both patient and clinician stories to better share about their important, missional work. The moving stories garnered national exposure and can be viewed here.
Through the Dispensary of Hope program, which provides free medication to patients who are uninsured and at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level, CVIM has seen a 65% increase in dispensed medications. Not only has the access to free medications improved the health outcomes of their patients, it has improved the overall quality of patients’ lives as they are now able to better afford other necessities.
Over the past year, CVIM has grown their gynecology, ophthalmology and behavioral health programs, all while managing COVID vaccine clinics. Soon, they plan to open a new telehealth microsite within close proximity to their patients’ homes.
We are grateful for their dedicated and thoughtful care for their patients and community. It is our honor and privilege to partner with them in advancing our shared mission of expanding medication access to those who need it most.