Press Release

Medtronic Issues $500,000 in Health Access Grants to Support Diabetes Services for the Underserved of Greater Los Angeles

Medtronic, Inc.

NORTHRIDGE, CA - December 4, 2013 - The Diabetes business of Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) today announced that eight community organizations will receive two-year Health Access Grants from Medtronic Philanthropy, totaling $500,000, in recognition of their continued commitment to improve access to Los Angeles-area healthcare services for underserved populations, with an emphasis on diabetes. Health Access Grants are awarded in 34 communities around the world where Medtronic has a major presence.

"Here at Medtronic, we're dedicated to improving access to healthcare for people with diabetes," says Francine Kaufman, M.D., chief medical officer and vice president of global clinical affairs for Medtronic Diabetes. "Through Medtronic Health Access Grants we're thrilled to be able to partner with community-based organizations that have found creative ways to provide much-needed services to underserved communities right here in Los Angeles, where so many of our Diabetes business unit employees live and work." 

The 2013 Health Access Grant recipients for programs in the Los Angeles area are:

  • American Diabetes Association - Los Angeles will use its Medtronic Health Access Grant to provide diabetes prevention, support with self-management of diabetes, and education regarding healthy eating and increased physical exercise for the low-income Latino community in Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles. The program, offered in Spanish and English, will be part of a larger multi-agency project at the historic General Hospital. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
  • College Diabetes Network (CDN) will use its Medtronic Health Access Grant for targeted support of young adult college students with diabetes in Los Angeles. The grant will enable CDN to pilot a new approach to chapter creation by strategically creating CDN college communities where they are needed most. CDN is a non-profit, national organization founded in 2009 by a college student whose mission is to empower and improve the lives of college students living with type 1 diabetes through peer support and access to information and resources.
  • Community Diabetes Initiative of USC (CDI) will use its Medtronic Health Access Grant to continue to identify individuals with chronic conditions who do not have a primary source of medical care and assist low-income individuals by linking them to much-needed medical services. CDI is a research unit within the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Department of Endocrinology and its purpose is to improve the lives of people with obesity, pre-diabetes and diabetes living in the poorest parts of Los Angeles County.
  • Insulindependence will use its Medtronic Health Access Grant to host educational events at local community centers, focusing on diabetes self-management through physical activity. Insulindependence will leverage clinical experts and mobile technologies to conduct a quantitative analysis of the positive influence of peer support as a complement to clinical care. Insulindependence is a nonprofit member association dedicated to uniting, expanding, and supporting the active diabetes community. Its vision is to reduce the burden of diabetes in the United States through physical activity and peer support.
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) - Los Angeles will use its Medtronic Health Access Grant for its program, "Bridging the Gap: Expanding Access to Care and Resources for the Hispanic Community," in and around Los Angeles by providing critical Spanish-language diabetes resources and support for Hispanic and Latino children with type 1 diabetes and their families. Additionally, JDRF will help educate school nurses to ensure they can support Spanish-speaking students and families while helping them find proper diabetes care. JDRF's goal is to progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes from people's lives until we achieve a world without type 1 diabetes.
  • MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) will use its Medtronic Health Access Grant to expand its Diabetes Education and Treatment Program, with patients participating in a four-month, five-component course and support group. In addition, participants will have access to services designed to help manage diabetes, such as exercise classes, cooking classes and automatic referrals to MEND's dental care, vision screenings, and diet-specific emergency food boxes. MEND is the largest and most comprehensive poverty-relief organization in the San Fernando Valley.
  • Partners in Care Foundation will use its Medtronic Health Access Grant in Los Angeles County to build bilingual and bicultural staff capacity and spread availability of the evidence-based, peer-led Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP).  DSMP was designed to expand access to an array of healthcare services and resources. Partners in Care Foundation bridges healthcare and community services by developing collaborative networks that address comprehensive, coordinated and continuous quality care to older adults and others with chronic disabling conditions and impairments.
  • Venice Family Clinic will use its Medtronic Health Access Grant to fund a collaboration allowing access to the expertise and resources of UCLA's Division of Endocrinology to update the Clinic's diabetes self-management class curriculum. The grant also funds one part-time health educator, which will allow an increase class frequency and geographic availability. Venice Family Clinic provides healthcare for over 24,000 low-income, uninsured, and homeless individuals each year.

About the Diabetes Business at Medtronic
The Diabetes business at Medtronic ( is the world leader in advanced diabetes management solutions, including integrated diabetes management systems, insulin pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring systems and therapy management software, as well as world-class, 24/7 expert consumer and professional service and support. 

About Medtronic Philanthropy
Medtronic Philanthropy focuses on expanding access to quality chronic disease care among underserved populations worldwide, in addition to supporting health initiatives in communities where Medtronic employees live and give.

About Medtronic
Medtronic, Inc. (, headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology-alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world.



Amanda Sheldon
Public Relations

Rich Fischer
Medtronic Philanthropy