AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Awards $187,270 Grant to UnityPoint Health
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- February 11, 2014
The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular
Health^SM program today announced a grant of $187,270 to UnityPoint Health –
Trinity to support its Helping Everyone Access heaRt Treatment (HEART)
The HEART program works to improve cardiovascular disease prevention and
disease awareness among uninsured, hard-to-reach adults who live in the
medically underserved areas of Rock Island County by providing on-site
cardiovascular risk screenings, health literacy education sessions/materials
and healthy behavior tools and support at neighborhood centers. The program
also will use a health coach to provide support and motivation to help
participants achieve healthy outcomes.
“While heart disease can strike anyone, low socioeconomic status increases
one’s risk,” said Joni Griffin, RN, manager of Trinity’s wellness department,
which is administering the program. “This grant from the AstraZeneca
HealthCare Foundation allows us to overcome that risk factor by helping us
reach underserved populations who may not always have access to this kind of
screening and education.”
Heart disease accounts for 25 percent of all deaths in Illinois, according to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.^1 Low-income households and
minorities are disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease. The
grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation will help UnityPoint Health –
Trinity improve cardiovascular health in Rock Island County.
“Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United
States, and organizations like Trinity UnityPoint Health – Trinity 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 Trinity
for its commitment to improving heart health in their community.”
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 UnityPoint Health – Trinity
UnityPoint Health – Trinity (formerly Trinity Regional Health System) operates
four full-service hospitals in Rock Island and Moline, Illinois, and
Bettendorf and Muscatine, Iowa, with a total of 584 licensed inpatient beds.
It also includes affiliated entities the Trinity College of Nursing & Health
Sciences, the Robert Young Center for Community Mental Health, Trinity Health
Enterprises and the Trinity Health Foundation. UnityPoint Health – Trinity’s
leadership in quality and service excellence has helped earn top industry
awards for patient safety, excellent outcomes and cost control. Its Illinois
hospital campuses have been recognized twice on the Thomson Reuters “100 Top
Hospitals” list. UnityPoint Health - Trinity has nearly 3,100 employees and
600 physicians on its medical staffs providing care to patients throughout
eastern Iowa and western Illinois. In 2012, Trinity hospitals delivered 2,507
babies, admitted 23,205 patients and had more than 97,954 emergency visits.
Learn more at www.unitypoint.org/quadcities.
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.
^1 Murphy, S.L., Xu, J., & Kochanek, K.D. Deaths: Final data for 2010.
National vital statistics reports; vol 61 no 4, 85-86. Hyattsville, MD:
National Center for Health Statistics. 2013.
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