Who We Are

Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care (Bridging the Gap) is a Merck Foundation initiative that brings together the health care sector with other sectors to promote improvements in diabetes care.

In 2017, the Foundation established Bridging the Gap with a $16 million, five-year commitment to advance cross-sector approaches that improve diabetes outcomes and address health disparities among people with type 2 diabetes in the United States.

Our Mission

To improve access to high-quality diabetes care and reduce disparities in health outcomes among vulnerable and underserved populations with type 2 diabetes in the United States.

Bridging the Gap aims to:

  • Build sustainable partnerships between the health care sector and other sectors to address the medical and social factors that influence health
  • Redesign health care systems, particularly primary care, to improve diabetes care for vulnerable and underserved populations
  • Improve health outcomes for individuals with type 2 diabetes through measures such as better glucose and lipid control
  • Disseminate key findings and lessons learned to advance cross-sector approaches that improve population health and reduce diabetes disparities

Our Program Partners

Eight Bridging the Gap partners across the United States are implementing comprehensive, evidence-based diabetes programs that bring together stakeholders from inside and outside the health care system. Through these collaborations, people living with diabetes can benefit from improved medical care. They can also benefit from efforts to address the social and environmental factors that affect their health.

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The Bridging the Gap Program Partners are:

Alameda County Public Health Department


Clearwater Valley and St. Mary’s Hospitals and Clinics


La Clínica del Pueblo


Marshall University


Minneapolis Health Department


Providence Health & Services


Trenton Health Team


UPMC Western Maryland


National Program Office

The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) serves as the National Program Office for Bridging the Gap. The National Program Office supports program efforts of the grantee organizations and provides leadership in building a national public-private partnership to help reduce disparities in diabetes care.

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About Merck Foundation

The Merck Foundation is a U.S.-based, private charitable foundation. Established in 1957 by Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, the Foundation is funded entirely by the company and is Merck’s chief source of funding support to qualified non-profit charitable organizations. Since its inception, the Merck Foundation has contributed more than $896 million to support important initiatives that address societal needs and are consistent with Merck’s overall mission of inventing for life by bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. For more information, visit www.merckgiving.com.