ADDING MULTIMEDIA AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Announces Grants to Three Appalachian Region Organizations

  ADDING MULTIMEDIA AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Announces Grants to
  Three Appalachian Region Organizations

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WILMINGTON, Del. -- February 21, 2013

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular
Health^SM program today announced grants to three nonprofit organizations
dedicated to improving cardiovascular health in the Appalachian region,
totaling $634,525.

From left to right: Jennifer Burchett, Program Manager, Ashland-Boyd County
Health Department, Holly ...

From left to right: Jennifer Burchett, Program Manager, Ashland-Boyd County
Health Department, Holly West, Grants Administrator/Health Education
Coordinator, Ashland-Boyd County Health Department, David Meade, Director of
Operations, St. Mary's Health Wagon, Teresa Gardner, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP,
Executive Director, St. Mary's Health Wagon, Paula Meade, Clinical Director,
St. Mary's Health Wagon, Pat White, Executive Director, West Virginia Health
Right, James W. Blasetto, MD, MPH, FACC, Chairman, AstraZeneca HealthCare
Foundation at a ceremony today for the presentation of grants from the
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation totaling $634,525 across the three
organizations. The event took place at West Virginia Health Right in
Charleston, WV. (Photo: AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation)

The organizations receiving the grants are St. Mary’s Health Wagon in
Clintwood, Va; West Virginia Health Right in Charleston, W. Va; and
Ashland-Boyd County Health Department in Ashland, Ky. Over the last three
years, these organizations have received more than $1.3 million in grants.

Since the inception of the Connections for Cardiovascular Health^SM program,
nearly $11 million has been awarded to organizations working to prevent
cardiovascular disease. Connections for Cardiovascular Health^SM was launched
in 2010 through a charitable contribution of $25 million from AstraZeneca. The
program awards grants of $150,000 and up to US-based non-profit organizations
that are doing innovative work in the field of cardiovascular health.

“Cardiovascular disease continues to be the nation’s No. 1 killer, which is
why we must work to decrease the risks of this devastating disease,"
saidJames W. Blasetto, M.D., MPH, FACC chairman of the AstraZeneca HealthCare
Foundation. "The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is proud to provide funding
to innovative, grassroots programs across the country working to help prevent
and control the effects of cardiovascular disease in their communities."

The Connections for Cardiovascular Health grant awardees are:

St. Mary’s Health Wagon in Clintwood, Va; $239,500: The Appalachian Healthy
Heart Initiative works to improve quality of care through prevention,
detection and treatment of heart disease and to reduce cardiovascular health
disparities for those who are uninsured and under-insured in the Appalachian
Mountains of Southwest Virginia. The program does this through both primary
and preventive care initiatives, outreach programs, health promotion
activities and screenings, culturally appropriate education with a focus on
risk factor reduction and engagement of the community through awareness. This
is the third consecutive year in which St. Mary’s has received a grant from
the Foundation, for a total of $545,562.

West Virginia Health Right in Charleston, W. Va; $185,025: Pathways to
Cardiovascular Health works to improve the health status of its patients at
risk for cardiovascular disease through sustainable lifestyle changes coupled
with continuity of medical care and treatment. This is the third consecutive
year in which West Virginia Health Right has received a grant from the
Foundation, for a total of $556,957.

Ashland-Boyd County Health Department in Ashland, Ky; $210,000: The
Appalachian Partnership for Positive Living and Eating program is a new,
innovative program designed to help children and families combat complex
issues relating to pediatric obesity. The only one of its kind in the state of
Kentucky, which ranks third nationally for pediatric obesity, the program
identifies participants by measuring the body mass index of an estimated 3,500
elementary-aged children at three school districts across Boyd County.

Organizations can learn more and apply online for a Foundation grant at
www.astrazeneca-us.com/foundation. Applications must be submitted online no
later than 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 28, 2013.

About the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation

Established in 1993, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is a Delaware
not-for-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) entity organized for charitable
purposes including to promote public awareness of healthcare issues, to
promote public education of medical knowledge and to support or contribute to
charitable and qualified exempt organizations consistent with its charitable
purpose.

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