Connections for Cardiovascular Health

A program of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation

In support of its overall mission to improve health, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation launched Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM (CCH), a program with the mission of improving cardiovascular health, in order to address a leading cause of death in the United States. 

CCH provides grants to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations engaged in charitable work at the community level in the United States in support of the program’s mission. Since its inception in 2010, the Foundation’s CCH program has funded programs providing innovative, community-based approaches to improving cardiovascular health across the United States. CCH-funded programs use culturally appropriate approaches with measurable outcomes to address specific unmet needs of communities across the country, especially underserved communities.

Overview

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation will hold an open call for applications in February 2020 for the CCH Next Generation program. CCH Next Generation will maintain its original mission to improve cardiovascular health in the US and many of the same criteria for funding and programs. What’s new is the focus on sharing nearly 10 years of Foundation and Grant Awardee learnings from the field so new applicants have the opportunity to modify or adapt these learnings when designing and implementing their own innovative, community-based heart health programs. 

CCH Next Generation grants will be awarded to organizations that have never been funded before by the Foundation through the CCH program. CCH Next Generation may provide limited grant funding to previously-funded organizations on an invitation basis to support dissemination, sustainability and/or mentorship activities. CCH Next Generation welcomes applications from every state in the nation and has a preference for funding applications from the top 20 states by cardiovascular disease mortality. Additional preference will be given to applications from those states where the Foundation has never previously funded a program.

Through evaluating results from community-based programs from CCH, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation and its evaluation partners have identified six innovative approaches commonly used to improve cardiovascular health at the community level. Applying organizations will need to align with one of six innovative approaches as the basis of their CCH Next Generation program or identify their own innovative approach. The six innovative approaches include:

  • Leveraging access for uninsured and underserved participants to improve cardiovascular knowledge and health
  • Bringing programs to participants
  • Educating children to serve as heart health ambassadors
  • Improving cardiovascular health through food-based programs
  • Using health coaches/promotores to improve cardiovascular health
  • Providing culturally sensitive program interventions to maximize participant outcomes

Applicants are encouraged to consult the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Effective Program Practices Guide as a means of informing the proposed program’s design relative to the selected innovative approach.

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Review our frequently asked questions for more information.

Are You Eligible?

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation will hold an open call for applications in February 2020 for the CCH Next Generation program. CCH Next Generation will maintain its original mission to improve cardiovascular health in the US and many of the same criteria for funding and programs. What’s new is the focus on sharing nearly 10 years of Foundation and Grant Awardee learnings from the field so new applicants have the opportunity to modify or adapt these learnings when designing and implementing their own innovative, community-based heart health programs. 

CCH Next Generation grants will be awarded to organizations that have never been funded before by the Foundation through the CCH program. CCH Next Generation may provide limited grant funding to previously-funded organizations on an invitation basis to support dissemination, sustainability and/or mentorship activities. CCH Next Generation welcomes applications from every state in the nation and has a preference for funding applications from the top 20 states by cardiovascular disease mortality. Additional preference will be given to applications from those states where the Foundation has never previously funded a program.

Check back on this website and consider following the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation social media channels for the latest updates.

To qualify for a Foundation Program Grant, nonprofit organizations based in the United States must be engaged in charitable work (at the community level or otherwise) that addresses the Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular Health℠ (CCH) mission and meets five key criteria:

  • Addresses cardiovascular health issues within the United States and its territories
  • Recognizes and works to address an unmet need related to cardiovascular health in the community
  • Responds to the urgency around addressing cardiovascular health issues, including cardiovascular disease or conditions contributing to cardiovascular disease
  • Improves the quality of participants’ and non-professional caregivers’ lives in connection with the services provided and work done
  • Demonstrates a clear plan for long-term program sustainability, to further improve cardiovascular health after Foundation grants are expended.

Foundation grant applications that meet the criteria and describe innovative initiatives with clearly defined outcomes and measurable results and processes will be considered for funding.

Review the detailed criteria.

How to Apply

Foundation grant application information

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation will hold an open call for applications in February 2020 for the CCH Next Generation program. CCH Next Generation will maintain its original mission to improve cardiovascular health in the US and many of the same criteria for funding and programs. What’s new is the focus on sharing nearly 10 years of Foundation and Grant Awardee learnings from the field so new applicants have the opportunity to modify or adapt these learnings when designing and implementing their own innovative, community-based heart health programs. 

CCH Next Generation grants will be awarded to organizations that have never been funded before by the Foundation through the CCH program. CCH Next Generation may provide limited grant funding to previously-funded organizations on an invitation basis to support dissemination, sustainability and/or mentorship activities. CCH Next Generation welcomes applications from every state in the nation and has a preference for funding applications from the top 20 states by cardiovascular disease mortality. Additional preference will be given to applications from those states where the Foundation has never previously funded a program.

Check back on this website and consider following the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation social media channels for the latest updates.

Organizations whose applications are selected for funding will be asked to review and approve a Letter of Agreement that will include specific, periodic reporting requirements for the duration of the program.

Note that due to the historically large number of funding requests, not all applications that meet Foundation criteria will receive funding.

Fall 2019

CCH Next Generation application information posted

February 2020

CCH Next Generation application period (exact date TBD)

May – August 2020

Application status notifications regarding CCH Next Generation sent to applicants

Fall 2020

CCH Next Generation Grant Awardees publicly announced

 

Past Grant Awardees

Thank you to the many organizations who applied for funding from the Connections for Cardiovascular Health℠ program. Since the inception of the program, nearly $23 million has been awarded to 52 organizations working to prevent cardiovascular disease. Through 2014, the program awarded grants of $150,000 and up to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations doing innovative work in the field of cardiovascular health. From 2015 to 2016, the program awarded grants from $150,000 to $180,000. In 2017, applications for grant support through the CCH program were  by invitation-only for previous and current Grant Awardees up to $100,000, based on Board-approved criteria. In 2018, two levels of funding for Program Grants were available, up to $150,000, along with Dissemination Grant funding for previous and current Grant Awardees. In 2019, CCH awarded continued funding to current Grant Awardees.

Information about the Foundation’s past Grant Awardees can be found below.

Past Grant Awardees

2019 Grant Awardees

2018 Grant Awardees

2017 Grant Awardees

2016 Grant Awardees

2015 Grant Awardees

2014 Grant Awardees

2013 Grant Awardees

2012 Grant Awardees

2011 Grant Awardees

2010 Grant Awardees

2009 Grant Awardees

 

Lessons Learned

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is committed to sharing lessons learned from the Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program and its Grant Awardees. Through these efforts, we aim to broaden the reach of the CCH program and inspire other organizations across the country to work to improve cardiovascular health in their communities. Use the links below to access Foundation and Grant Awardee resources, and be sure to check back as we update this section with new information.

AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Resources

  • Effective Program Practices Guide: Based on 10 years of learnings from the CCH program, the Effective Program Practices Guide is an educational resource designed to help organizations develop their own community health programs. The Guide includes general guidelines for building an effective community health program, as well as six innovative program approaches commonly used by CCH Grant Awardees for other organizations to adopt or modify. Check out the summary and infographic to learn more.
  • Dissemination and Communications Guide: Initially developed to support CCH Grant Awardees as they bring awareness to their programs, build sustainability and disseminate key learnings, the lessons in this Guide are generally applicable and may be used by other organizations working to develop, sustain and communicate about a community health program through traditional and social media.

Program Toolkits

  • Catherine’s Health Center: The Live Heart Smart Health Coaching Toolkit provides information centered on health coaching as an innovative practice used to assist with implementing a patient-centered approach to behavior change.
  • Chesapeake Charities: The Partnering for Youth Cardio-Fit Project Toolkit provides detailed lesson plans for implementing a youth program that teaches youth to embrace the positive, preventative actions necessary to enjoy a lifetime of cardiovascular health.
  • Manna Ministries, Inc.: The MOVE Program Toolkit provides program outlines and resources to help implement an obesity reduction and cardiovascular health education program for adults and families.
  • Mid-Valley Family YMCA: The Activate Your Heart Program Implementation Guide provides detailed information on how to implement a community-based program aimed at reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, including tips for developing program partners and recruiting and retaining participants.
  • Saint Agnes Hospital Foundation: The Heart-to-Heart Program Toolkit provides key learning and steps to consider in order to develop a faith-based cardiovascular health program.
  • Sankofa Community Development Corporation: The Healthy HeartBeats Program Toolkit provides information to help other organizations implement community-based programs to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, including step-by-step tools and recommendations for developing, implementing and evaluating a program.
  • St. Mary’s Health Wagon: The Heart Health 1, 2, 3. Program Toolkit provides information on the key components, lessons learned and steps to implement a successful cardiovascular health program. Visit the Heart Health 1, 2, 3. Program website for more information: http://thehealthwagon.org/hwwp/2018/08/09/heart-health-123-toolkit/.
  • West Virginia Health Right, Inc.: The SCALE Program Toolkit provides information on the key components and how to implement a weight loss and health status improvement program. Visit the SCALE program website for more information: http://wvhealthright.org/scale-program
  • Westminster Free Clinic: The Corazones Sanos Program Toolkit provides information on the key components, lessons learned and steps to implement a culturally-sensitive and participant-centered cardiovascular health program.