Through our Sustainability efforts, we support nonprofit organizations related to our three core therapeutic areas: cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, oncology and respiratory. We provide financial support to programs that increase awareness and knowledge, as well as empower patients and families to play an active, informed role in the management of their health, and strengthen the quality and delivery of services they receive.
Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases
American College of Cardiology Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI
In 2013, AstraZeneca became the founding sponsor of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Patient Navigator Program, a ground-breaking initiative designed to help hospitals reduce avoidable readmissions through a team-based approach to patient care.Through this multi-year support from AstraZeneca, the ACC has provided participating hospitals with training and resources to establish navigator teams charged with coordinating care for patients diagnosed with acute coronary syndrome, including heart attack, and heart failure.
The second phase of the program, Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI, launched in fall 2017 and scales these best practices to hundreds of other hospitals across the country to further expand the program’s real-world impact on cardiovascular patient care.
American Heart Association “Guideline Transformation and Optimization Initiative”
AstraZeneca is the inaugural sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Guideline Transformation and Optimization Initiative (GTO). The initiative unites science and medical leaders, quality improvement experts, healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers in a coordinated effort to improve patient outcomes by applying innovative processes and technology tools. Key initiative strategies:
- Streamlining guideline implementation process
- Activating medical professionals to leverage science faster and measure clinical effectiveness
- Empowering patients and caregivers to use guidelines for better managing health conditions
Lung Ambition Alliance
Lung cancer is at the forefront of AstraZeneca’s research and development focus. Our expanding portfolio aims to provide medicines that can improve outcomes at every stage of the disease. But we know if we are to make meaningful progress for lung cancer patients, we cannot work alone. We have partnered with the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC), and Guardant Health to form the Lung Ambition Alliance. Together we are taking urgent action to double the five-year survival rate for lung cancer globally by 2025 – prioritizing research and projects that increase screening, deliver potentially curative treatments and improve quality care.
American Lung Association “Tell a Friend About Tumor Testing”
The American Lung Association shares information about precision medicine through its "Tell a Friend about Tumor Testing" initiative. Precision medicine is a rapidly evolving field that is bringing new hope to people with cancer, including lung cancer, the leading cancer killer in America. Through "Tell a Friend about Tumor Testing," the American Lung Association is raising awareness and urging lung cancer patients to talk to their doctor about tumor testing.
Bonnie J Addario a Breath Away from the Cure Foundation “Community Hospital Lung Cancer Center of Excellence Program”
The Community Hospital Center of Excellence (COE) Program is rooted in the belief that the best way to treat lung cancer is through providing coordinated, multi-disciplinary care that integrates and considers the totality, the “big picture,” presented by each individual patient. The COE program is designed to accelerate lung cancer detection and patient treatment by utilizing the most advanced technology available to lung cancer specialists.
Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered “Know More”
“Know More” seeks to improve health outcomes and empower informed decision-making about genetic testing, treatment and prevention of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. The program addresses identified barriers to testing in ovarian cancer and breast cancer survivors, as well as provides one-to-one peer support and resources to women who are making decisions about genetic testing.
COPD Foundation “COPD360social”
COPD360social is an online community for individuals affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including patients, family members, caregivers and healthcare providers. COPD360social provides a comfortable venue to share thoughts and ideas, ask questions, start discussions, read and comment on blogs and communicate with peers and thought leaders.
CHEST Foundation and Allergy and Asthma Network “Take Action Take Control”
Take Action Take Control is a joint initiative from the CHEST Foundation and the Allergy and Asthma Network. The campaign underscores the importance of self-management, shared-decision making (between patients and their healthcare providers), understanding the difference between controlled and uncontrolled asthma and recognizing when asthma is severe. The program provides resources for patients, including a shared decision-making tool and a severity assessment tool.
AstraZeneca Patient Programs
My MBC Story and Beyond Pink: Sharing Our Metastatic Breast Cancer Story
AstraZeneca’s My MBC Story provides a community for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients to share stories and offer advice to one another. Beyond Pink, part of My MBC Story, offers tailored educational resources created from feedback obtained directly from individuals living with MBC. Support and information can be found at www.MyMBCstory.com and www.LifeBeyondPink.com.
Everyone’s Asthma Is Different. And, like a thumbprint, your lungs are as unique as you are. Your lungprint will help reveal information about your individual experience with asthma. It can be created by answering a series of questions about your asthma and the impact it has on your day-to-day life and emotional well-being. Once the questionnaire is completed, you will receive a digital copy of your Lungprint and will be encouraged to share it with your doctor.
LVNG With Lung Cancer (pronounced “Living With”) is a community of over 150,000 people living with lung cancer, including loves ones, who are inspiring each other to face each day with authenticity and hope. LVNG With was co-created with three renowned US lung cancer advocacy groups and the partnership continues to deliver inspirational and educational support to the lung cancer community.
Save Your Breath
Save Your Breath is a Facebook page that was created for the millions of people who suffer from shortness of breath brought on by conditions such as asthma and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Save Your Breath is a judgment-free zone where you can get support, learn about your condition, discover tips to help you manage your symptoms and feel empowered to take back your everyday so that you can live the life you want to live.