Happier Lives & Health That Lasts

For Our Patients, Our People, and Our Communities

At Diplomat, we strive to educate, encourage, and empower our communities through healthy living initiatives.

Diplomat is passionate about health—and not just from 9 to 5. It’s our mission, our philosophy, our purpose. It’s why we get up in the morning.

Our Government Affairs & Corporate Relations team extends this focus beyond the workplace, making a difference in our communities and advocating for health on Capitol Hill.

We are rooting our culture in responsible citizenship of the communities where we live and work. That’s why we’re committed to giving back.

Our Government Affairs & Corporate Relations team focuses on better communities, better care, and better lives.

Better Communities

The Diplomat Diamond: Bringing Baseball Back

Diplomat helped the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint bring baseball back to area children.

For years, the Boys & Girls Club offered an instructional baseball program. But as the condition of its Averill Avenue field worsened, participation declined.

“If you’re not doing regular maintenance, it can get out of hand, and we let it get out of hand,” said Tauzzari Robinson, the club’s executive director. “[Our budget] limits what we can do.”

Robinson reached out to Diplomat for help. Adrian Walker, the company’s senior manager of Government Affairs & Corporate Relations, coordinated funding for a new field.

Tauzzari said Diplomat was a natural fit for a partnership.

“Diplomat is huge on helping the community and making sure they’re leading a healthy lifestyle,” he said.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony in July 2016 marked the opening of the Diplomat Diamond. Children who had anticipated the new field could no longer wait once it was in front of their eyes.

“We were doing interviews with the news stations, and the kids got out on the field and started practicing while the cameras were still rolling,” Tauzzari said. “Having the lines painted, the field weeded, new dirt down—it rejuvenated the kids.”

Better Care

Supporting Those Most in Need

Diplomat works with patients facing tough diagnoses every day. We know sticking to treatment is hard enough without having to worry about everything else—house payments or rent, utilities, medical bills, and work.

As a survivor, Marsha Schmit understands the health and self-esteem challenges that can come with a cancer diagnosis. When she became the first breast health nurse navigator at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan, she met with patients and sat in on support groups. She wanted to better understand how she could help ease their journeys back to health.

“I heard women say they had been diagnosed with breast cancer and then lost their job, their husband, their insurance,” Marsha said. “They were talking about all these losses as the result of one diagnosis.”

She established Hurley’s Breast Cancer Patient Navigation Fund, dedicated to helping patients get through treatment successfully. Donations help patients pay for copays, utilities, mortgages, groceries, and more during treatment.

Richard Warmbold, former foundation president at Hurley, said the goal is to enable patients to focus on getting better.

“We truly make a difference in the lives of people who are on fixed incomes, self-employed, and young women and men who are bread-winners who are out of work for a bit,” Richard said. “This can put a person in serious financial stress.”

The fund also helps patients get the diagnostic tests they need.

“We’ve caught handfuls of cancers early because we were able to help pay for that preliminary testing that they wouldn’t have been able to otherwise afford.” Marsha said. “If we can do that and catch something early, then we can save a lot more in the long run, or give someone peace of mind that they’re OK.”

Each October, the fund puts on a celebration called Pink Night Palooza. Proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Patient Navigation Fund. At the 2016 Pink Night Palooza, Brenda Hawkes, Diplomat’s senior manager of patient advocacy, shared her story.

“It was marvelous that Brenda was able to share her heart and to give another face to cancer. It’s nice to see that people not only go through breast cancer but that they can survive breast cancer and they can be meaningful and continue to be an advocate,” Marsha said.

Supporting patient-centered organizations and events like the Pink Night Palooza is one way Diplomat does whatever it takes for patients.

“Diplomat is a community giant,” Marsha said. “Their sponsorship with Hurley and this fund is a stamp of approval that this is a credible fund—that it is a worthwhile place to find resources. I have nothing but the best things to say about Diplomat. We’re lucky to have them in our community. It’s only because of these sponsorships that we can do what we do.”

Better Lives

Flint Community Training Program: Bringing Neighborhoods Together

Flint is Vehicle City, but cars aren’t featured in one of its largest events. The HAP Crim Festival of Races brings 60,000 runners, walkers, and spectators downtown each year.

Recognizing the event’s enduring popularity since its founding in 1977, the Crim Fitness Foundation (CFF) started CrimFit training programs in the early ‘90s. It cost $150 for an adult to train through the programs, which took place throughout Genesee County.

Soon, it became clear the demographics of the training groups didn’t reflect Flint’s broader population. Research showed the cost and travel involved in the program were barriers to participation for people with lower incomes.

To make the training more inclusive and accessible, the CFF founded the Flint Community Training Program (FCTP) in 2012.

“We piloted the idea of people creating their own running and walking club that applied the model of the CrimFit training program but was significantly reduced in cost,” said Andrew Younger, CFF race director.

The FCTP eliminated rotating training locations, instead using a single center in each neighborhood—usually a church or community school—for participants to meet.

From the beginning of the FCTP, Diplomat was on board to help with funding.

“It’s with Diplomat’s help that this program has grown significantly,” Andrew said.

The program had one site in its first year and grew to 12 sites in 2016.

Diplomat’s funding has helped offset direct costs for participants, who now pay $45 for 15 weeks of training.

FCTP participants report lower blood pressure, smaller waist sizes, and lower resting heart rates. An unexpected payoff has been community connection.

“Participants use their neighborhoods more,” Andrew said. “They feel like it’s a better place to be active because they’ve been able to use it that way.”

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