AstraZeneca - Connections for Cardiovascular Health announces $250,000 grant to Mallory Community Health Center

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program today announced a grant of $250,000 to the Dr. Arenia C. Mallory Community Health Center, Inc., in support of the Dr. Martha W. Davis Healthy Families Movement Program. This is the second consecutive year that the Mallory Community Health Center has received a grant from Connections for Cardiovascular Health, for a total of $440,680 to date.

The Healthy Families Movement Program (HFMP) works to reduce the risk of heart disease among low-income, African-American women in the Mallory Community Health Center (MCHC) 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.

After receiving funding from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation in 2012, the HFMP provided 130 participants with access to a fitness center and home equipment. Fitness tests were performed on each participant initially and at program completion. Scores in all areas of fitness improved and are noted by a 70 percent decrease in the time needed to walk/run one mile, according to the MCHC. Additionally, those same participants lost a total of 960 pounds through improving their diet, increased physical activity, and behavior change.

"Our goal for 2013 is to tackle the problem of poor cardiovascular health and obesity in Mississippi through the Healthy Families Movement program,” said Stellanda Davis-Cornelius, MCHC, CEO, Mallory Community Health Center. “This program plans to educate women about nutrition, physical activity, and cardiovascular health in order to increase their knowledge of a healthy lifestyle. We also hope to assist participants and their families in making small changes in health behaviors that will lead to big results."

Using evidence-based interventions, MCHC works with African-American women ages 16-50 in Holmes and Madison counties in Mississippi to address major modifiable risks for heart disease. These may include obesity, physical inactivity and stress. Participants receive physical, nutritional and psychosocial assessments while working with a physician, dietician and behavioral health specialist to develop and adhere to individualized wellness plans.

“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," said James 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 like Mallory Community Center’s Healthy Families Movement, which work to help prevent and control the effects of cardiovascular disease in their community."

The Connections for Cardiovascular Health 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. This year, the Foundation has awarded more than $4.4 million in grants to 22 organizations. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded nearly $11 million across the United States to help improve cardiovascular health.

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

About Dr. Arenia C. Mallory Community Health Center, Inc.

MCHC is a Joint Commission Accredited Federally Qualified Health Clinic. Our slogan is "Enter a Patient, Leave a Friend". The slogan reflects the caring which is intrinsic to our mission. MCHC's focus includes services aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles, primary care, social services, nutritional counseling and public transportation. For more information about the MCHC and the Dr. Martha W. Davis Healthy Families Movement, visit our website at

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.

Media Inquiries

AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Media Line: 302-885-2677
Stellanda Davis-Cornelius, Mallory Community Health Center, 662-834-1857, ext. 11 


AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Media Line 302-885-2677
Stellanda Davis-Cornelius, Mallory Community Health Center 662-834-1857, ext. 11