Two years ago, Maria’s then 11-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia; devastating news made all the more difficult because Maria does not speak English. Fortunately, the bilingual clinicians at Ann’s Place in Danbury, Connecticut, a nonprofit organization providing cancer support and assistance, were able to step in, review her daughter’s medical records, and help Maria to better understand the disease and recommended how she could better work with her daughter’s doctors. Maria also regularly attended one of the organization’s support groups, where she was able to share her journey with other Spanish-speaking cancer patients and their family members.
Ann’s Place, serving residents in Western Connecticut and New York’s Hudson Valley, is among 11 nonprofit organizations to receive funding through Medline’s 2022 Community Impact Grant Program. This year’s program grants, totaling $250,000, are supporting organizations providing housing, meals, prison healthcare monitoring, clothing, cancer counseling and other services. Since 2018, Medline has donated more than $2 million to 236 nonprofit organizations, all addressing social determinants of health—the economic and social conditions that impact disparities in health status and care, as well as life expectancy.