AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Awards $163,387 Grant to Catherine’s
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- February 11, 2014
The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular
Health^SM program today announced a grant of $163,387 to Catherine’s Health
Center to support its Live Heart Smart initiative. This is the second
consecutive year in which Catherine’s Health Center has received a grant from
the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, totaling $325,337.
Live Heart Smart helps low-income, medically underserved residents of the
Grand Rapids community become aware of their personal risk factors for
cardiovascular disease and identify and implement lifestyle changes that will
assist them in becoming and remaining healthy.
“In a word, we’re thrilled that the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation
Connections for Cardiovascular Health^SM program honored us with a grant to
provide at-risk people access to screening, information and more to help
improve heart health in our community,” said Karen Kaashoek, executive
director, Catherine’s Health Center. “Through the Live Heart Smart program,
we’ve seen people make real changes, invest in heart-healthy lifestyles, and
improve their health.”
As a result of previous funding from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, in
2013, the program enrolled more than 1,000 participants who engaged in one or
more intervention activities. More than half of these participants have
decreased their blood pressure and nearly half have decreased their BMI. In
addition, more than 500 participants decreased their total cholesterol.
“Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United
States, and organizations like Catherine’s Health Center are creating
innovative programs to help prevent and decrease the associated risks with
this devastating disease,” said James W. Blasetto, M.D., MPH, FACC, chairman
of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. “We are grateful to Catherine’s
Health Center for its commitment to improving heart health in their
The Connections for Cardiovascular Health^SM program annually awards grants of
$150,000 or more to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving
cardiovascular health in local communities. This year, the program awarded
nearly $3.7 million in grants to 19 organizations. More than $14 million in
grants have been awarded through the program since its inception in 2010.
Organizations can learn more and apply online for a Connections for
Cardiovascular Health^SM grant at www.astrazeneca-us.com/foundation.
Applications must be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 27,
About Catherine’s Health Center
Established in 1996, Catherine’s Health Center is a 501(c)(3) safety net
medical clinic, serving more than 6,000 patients annually. Using a small core
of paid staff and many dedicated volunteers, Catherine’s mission is to provide
free or low-cost medical services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured
residents of Kent County. Learn more at www.catherineshc.org.
About 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^SM was launched in 2010 through
a charitable contribution of $25 million from AstraZeneca.
Public Communications Inc.:
Colleen O’Donnell or Sky Opila, 312-558-1770
Catherine’s Health Center:
Ron Rozema, 616-485-3578
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