AstraZeneca - AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation awards $597,557 in grants to three Illinois, Missouri organizations working to improve heart health

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program today announced grants to three nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving cardiovascular health, totaling $597,557.

The organizations receiving the grants are HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill.; Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, Ill.; and OASIS Institute in St. Louis, Mo.

Heart disease accounts for 24 percent of all deaths in Illinois and 25 percent of all deaths in Missouri, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since 2010, the Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program has awarded more than $17 million in grants to 43 organizations nationwide. More than 40,000 people have participated in a variety of programs funded through Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM and, as a result, are making healthier food choices and exercising more. They are reducing their body mass index, lowering their blood pressure and hemoglobin A1C levels and learning more about nutrition and how to lower their cardiovascular risk factors.

“Cardiovascular disease remains a leading cause of death in the United States, which is why we must find new ways to help prevent and decrease the risks associated with this disease,” said James W. Blasetto, MD, MPH, FACC, chairman of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. “The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is proud to provide funding to HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Presence Covenant Medical Center and OASIS Institute’s innovative programs to help improve cardiovascular health in their communities.”

The Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM grant awardees are:

HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill.; $205,564: “Launching a ‘Tele-Heart Pathway’ in Disadvantaged Illinois Communities: Providing health literacy and personalized interventions to fragile and at-risk heart failure patients in their homes to support self-management, independence and optimal health” aims to address the Healthy People 2020 objective, Heart Disease and Stroke-24, by identifying and partnering with heart failure patients and their caregivers in 13 disadvantaged communities using daily telehealth remote monitoring, support, education and evidence-based medication adjustments.

Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, Ill.; $168,492: “The Cardiovascular Awareness and Risk Reduction Program” aims to engage the community and Presence Covenant Medical Center's community health partners to improve the quality of cardiovascular care in the greater Champaign County area through screening, education, treatment and support of healthy lifestyles, targeting uninsured and underinsured individuals.

OASIS Institute in St. Louis, Mo.; $223,501: “Get Pumped!” aims to improve the health behaviors of adults living in nine high-risk ZIP codes in the St. Louis area who have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease (hypertension, physical inactivity or diabetes) by providing health screenings, education and exercise programs at community locations using mobile health and evidence-based programs.

Organizations can learn more and apply online for a Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSMgrant at www.astrazeneca-us.com/foundation. Applications must be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 26, 2015.

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 HealthSM was launched in 2010 through a charitable contribution of $25 million from AstraZeneca.

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