Remote Area Medical Receives Grant from Takeda to Support Free Pop-Up Medical Clinics Across the Country, Advancing Health Equity
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (June 1, 2022) – Remote Area Medical – RAM® – a major nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics delivering free, quality dental, vision and medical care to those in need – is proud to announce a new, multi-year, health equity initiative funded by Takeda (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK). Since its founding in 1985, RAM has been committed to delivering patient-centered care and removing barriers to accessible healthcare. Support from Takeda will help RAM provide clinics to patients across the country regardless of geography, finances, education, age, race, ethnicity, gender and orientation.
“RAM’s philosophy of transforming communities for a better and healthier future deeply resonates with our health equity vision in the U.S. and underscores the continued need for this important work nationwide,” said Lauren Powell, M.P.A., Ph.D., Vice President, US Health Equity & Community Wellness at Takeda. “By expanding the capacity of RAM clinics, RAM will be able to broaden the reach of their healthcare delivery model to address the unmet needs of rural and underserved patients and communities. Additionally, we look forward to putting our commitment to health equity and community wellness into action through on-the-ground volunteerism with Takeda employees across RAM’s sites.”
RAM is grateful for the support of Takeda, as the company is committed to becoming a catalyst in creating equitable healthcare for everyone. RAM only operates in communities where there is first an invitation, a process emphasized by Takeda’s concept of listening to the needs of the community while remaining sensitive to the diversity and complexity of each location. Part of this effort will focus on building training materials to develop the skills necessary to blaze the trail for an equitable and sustainable healthcare system for all patients.
“Remote Area Medical is excited for this new collaboration,” CEO Jeff Eastman said. “Our founder, Stan Brock, had a vision of bringing access to healthcare for everyone – neighbors helping neighbors. Through this generous grant from Takeda, RAM looks forward to continuing and building on the successes we’ve had in the past. We’ve served more than 888,000 individuals since 1985, and we look forward to working with Takeda to continue our mission well into the future of breaking down barriers to healthcare.”
Through this ongoing collaboration, Takeda and RAM remain committed to advocating for historically marginalized and excluded communities in meaningful ways, including through efforts such as volunteerism.
About Remote Area Medical: RAM is a major nonprofit organization that operates pop-up clinics delivering free, quality dental, vision and medical services to individuals in need who do not have access to, or cannot afford, a doctor. Founded in 1985, RAM has treated more than 888,000 individuals with $181.5 million worth of free healthcare and veterinary services. Since its foundation, nearly 183,000 volunteers – comprised of licensed dental, vision, medical and veterinary professionals, as well as general support staff – have supported RAM’s mission. For more information, visit www.ramusa.org.