AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Announces $4.4 Million in Grants to
Improve Cardiovascular Health in Local Communities
WILMINGTON, Del. -- February 21, 2013
The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular
Health^SM program today announced grants totaling more than $4.4 million to 22
nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving cardiovascular health in local
Since the inception of the program, nearly $11 million has been awarded to
organizations working to prevent cardiovascular disease. 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.
To date, more than 13,000 people across the country have participated in a
variety of community programs funded through the Connections for
Cardiovascular Health program. Through these programs, participants are making
healthier food choices, exercising more and reducing or preventing
cardiovascular risk factors.They are accomplishing this by reducing their
body mass index, lowering their blood pressure and hemoglobin A1C levels and
becoming more knowledgeable about nutrition and cardiovascular risk factors.
“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:
Allegiance Health Foundation in Jackson, Mich; $155,000: The Health
Improvement Organization Community Hearts program aims to identify
cardiovascular risk among uninsured/underinsured workers and provide them with
navigation and resources to assist in risk reduction, health education and
skill-building around healthy lifestyles and disease management.
Ashland-Boyd County Health Department in Ashland, Ky; $210,000: The
Appalachian Partnership for Positive Living and Eating program is 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.
Catherine’s Health Center in Grand Rapids, Mich; $161,950: Live Heart Smart is
targeted toward low-income, medically-underserved residents of Grand Rapids to
help them become aware of their personal risk factors for cardiovascular
disease as well as helping them identify and implement lifestyle changes that
will assist them in becoming and remaining healthy.
Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Del; $195,809: The Cardiovascular
Outreach Prevention Program is targeted toward underserved, low-income
African-American teens and adult women. The goal of the program is to engage
teens to increase their knowledge and confidence in their ability to make
healthy lifestyle changes, as well as to teach them skills to improve the
heart health of their mother or other important adult female in their lives.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Association in Schenectady, N.Y; $189,500: The
Health Shares program works to reduce complications from cardiovascular
disease and other chronic diseases through an innovative community partnership
that improves nutrition by prescribing fresh vegetables for high-risk,
low-income patients at an urban family health center.
Cornerstone Assistance Network in Fort Worth, Texas, $191,955: The Cardio CAN
Outreach program provides guidance for uninsured and low-income families to
become more independent while leading healthier lives. Now in year three, the
program intends to build on four key initiatives that in concert change
lifestyles: a medical home for the uninsured and low income, health education,
healthy cooking classes and fitness.
Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department in Wisner, Neb; $250,000:
Operation Heart to Heart works to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular
disease and increase health screening opportunities among agricultural
laborers in Burt, Cuming, Stanton and Madison Counties in Nebraska by
providing innovative cardiovascular health screening opportunities, ongoing
case management and tracking and heart health education.
Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff, Ariz; $158,160: Now in the program’s
second year, Northern Arizona Diabetes - Heart Connection works to reduce
morbidity/mortality rates and to improve wellness by identifying, screening
and educating community members at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular
disease. The program has been designed to respond to the rising prevalence of
diabetes and cardiovascular disease among low-income residents of Northern
Arizona, an area characterized by high numbers of members of the Navajo, Hopi,
and Havasupai Tribes.
Foundation for Community Partnerships in Chester, Md; $253,297: The Partnering
for Youth Cardio-Fit Project is targeted towards rural middle and elementary
school children and their families. Based on the science supporting
cardiovascular health, program participants will learn the value of a
personal, lifelong commitment to fitness and nutrition via the Partnering for
Youth After-School Program.
Gulf Coast Educators in Pass Christian, Miss; $187,653: The Chronic Disease
Management and Prevention Program works to prevent and/or manage chronic
diseases associated with obesity and diabetes. The program promotes healthy
lifestyles among uninsured, underserved, highly vulnerable populations living
in the Mississippi Gulf Coast counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson.
Mallory Community Health Center in Lexington, Miss; $250,000: The Healthy
Families Movement Program works to reduce the risk of heart disease among
low-income, African-American women in the Mallory Community Health Center
community. The program implements a comprehensive cardiovascular wellness
program that includes medical, nutritional, fitness and behavior counseling
with a targeted stress management and lifestyle change intervention.
Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center in Nashville, Tenn; $173,700: Dial
Down Diabetes is geared towards the African American and Latino community with
the intention to develop a comprehensive community-based program for
low-income adults with diagnosed diabetes, undiagnosed diabetes or
prediabetes. The program aims to enable patients to "dial down" the impact
that diabetes has in their lives.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center Foundation in Washington, D.C; $256,460:
Hair, Heart and Health: Barbershops as a Venue for Engaging Underserved
Communities in Healthy Lifestyles and CVD Prevention, identifies, educates and
provides health system navigation services to barbershop patrons with
unrecognized and/or uncontrolled hypertension and/or diabetes mellitus.
Palmetto Project in North Charleston, S.C; $215,510: Heart & Soul works to
improve, in sustainable ways, clinical indicators for metabolic syndrome among
food bank clients at the greatest risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
The program will also create a Program Model that can be replicated at most of
the 1,755 food distribution sites in South Carolina.
Saint Agnes Hospital Foundation Inc. in Baltimore, $244,455: The
Heart-to-Heart program will identify and assess underserved, low-income
African-American women at high risk for cardiovascular disease and provide a
community-based church intervention program that includes nutrition, physical
activity, and healthy lifestyle education to reduce the risk for heart
Sankofa Community Development Corp. in New Orleans, $150,000: The Sankofa HEAL
Project teaches high-school age youth and their families about the health
benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables as well as the associated risk
reduction for cardiovascular disease and chronic illnesses. Participants learn
about heart-healthy lifestyles, nutrition, techniques for growing fruits and
vegetables and leadership skills.
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.
Sustainable Food Center in Austin, Texas, $197,772: The Cultivating Healthy
Communities program promotes cardiovascular health, sustainable foods, healthy
nutrition and the prevention of obesity in children and families living in
economically disadvantaged neighborhoods where they lack access to affordable,
healthy foods and nutrition literacy.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami; $223,738: Healthy
Living for Better Days is designed to combine an exercise program and healthy
eating education into a community program for improving overall and
cardiovascular health status among low socioeconomic status persons living
Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, $181,895: The Weill Cornell
Heart-to-Heart program seeks to provide innovative healthcare solutions to
combat the persistent health disparities in New York City. Organized and
operated by a volunteer staff of medical, nursing, and physician’s assistant
students and attending physicians, the Heart-to-Heart Community Outreach
Campaign screens uninsured, underserved, at-risk communities for
cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
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.
Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, Mass; $150,000: The Connections for
Cardiovascular Care program seeks to improve access to cardiovascular
education, screenings and care through community-based interventions for
African-American and Latino residents of Boston.
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. Connections for Cardiovascular Health was launched in 2010 through a
charitable contribution of $25 million from AstraZeneca.
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation
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