Medtronic Philanthropy and its partners take a holistic view of existing healthcare systems and the barriers that interrupt the continuum of care. As part of our commitment to the World Health Organization's global target of a 25 percent reduction in premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by 2025, Medtronic Philanthropy aims to expand access to care for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, especially within populations that have been traditionally underserved due to economic and social barriers to healthcare access.
HealthRise community demonstration projects begin with gathering insights from stakeholders, local leaders, and experts on what is needed to better address cardiovascular disease and diabetes among the underserved. Comprehensive health system assessments led by public health experts, community organizations and local leaders are conducted to identify barriers and gaps within systems for underserved populations. Assessments are followed by grants to local organizations to improve community-based healthcare services that help people living with chronic diseases better manage their day-to-day health.
Using a “Continuum of Care” approach developed by Medtronic Philanthropy, grants are primarily used to recruit and train frontline healthcare workers, conduct patient empowerment and education programs, and support local stakeholder engagement and policy efforts that will advance access to chronic disease healthcare.
Projects are initially focused in selected communities in Brazil, India, South Africa and the United States.
Besides supporting innovations designed specifically for social investment, we also dedicate our current health solutions to social good. Collectively, our various businesses donate millions of dollars of lifesaving, life-enhancing products each year.
Medtronic Philanthropy plays an instrumental role in leveraging donations by connecting our businesses with nonprofits looking for products to fulfill unmet needs in communities around the world. We also work closely with Medtronic business units to identify opportunities to invest together in initiatives focused on meeting the needs of the underserved using additional resources.
In 2013, we invested $9 million in product donations and $21.7 million in corporate cash contributions.