Stories of Impact

Stories Impact 2018-06-04T13:30:40+00:00

Dental Expansion

In 2018, the Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation awarded a grant for $22,177 to the Lincoln Community Health Center to help expand dental services. Lincoln sees more than 3,000 unique dental patients annually. The funds will be used as part of the three new dental suites Lincoln added in 2018.

“Many adult patients lack any kind of dental insurance,” says Howard Eisenson, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Lincoln. “The dental expansion done at Lincoln will enable us to see many more adult patients annually.”

“This gift to dental services has raised the total grant contributions to Lincoln to over $100,000.” says Carolyn E. Henderson, Board Chairperson of the Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation. “We are grateful and proud of giving back to Lincoln through the generosity of corporate and individual donors in our community.”

Retinal Camera

In 2017, the Foundation contributed $15,000 to Lincoln Community Health Center to help purchase a new retinal camera. The camera is used in the diagnosis and treatment of persons with diabetes, which is among the most prevalent conditions seen in Lincoln’s patients. Use of the new camera will benefit almost 800 patients annually.

“The retinal camera is an important diagnostic tool for our patients,” says Howard Eisenson, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Lincoln. “We are grateful for the partnership and financial support provided by the Foundation each year.”

“We are very pleased to support the patients at Lincoln Community Health Center,” says Carolyn E. Henderson, Board Chairperson of the Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation. “The money raised from the community has helped thousands of patients at Lincoln since the Foundation was formed in 2008.”

Treating Diabetes

In 2015-2016, the Foundation contributed $15,000 toward diabetes supplies and patient education. According to the Centers for Disease Control, as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans – 9.4 percent of the U.S. population – have diabetes. Rates of diagnosed diabetes are higher among African Americans and Hispanics compared to non-Hispanic whites and other groups. At Lincoln Community Health Center, 87% of patients are from racial or ethnic minorities, and the two highest diagnoses are for hypertension and diabetes.

“Lincoln sees so many patients with diabetes,” says Joan Chaplin, Manager for Care Coordination at Lincoln. “There is an increasing demand for diabetic supplies and education programs so that our patients can take better care of themselves and avoid costly medical complications resulting from their diabetes.”

“We know how prevalent diabetes is in our community, especially among African Americans and Hispanics,” says Carolyn E. Henderson, Board Chairperson of the Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation. “We are grateful to donors who share our mission to enhance the quality of health in Durham, and provide needed resources to patients at Lincoln.”