|[February 21, 2013]
Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM Announces $155,000 Grant to Allegiance Health Foundation
JACKSON, Mich. --(Business Wire)--
The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation's Connections for
Cardiovascular HealthSM program today announced a
grant of $155,000 to the Allegiance (News - Alert) Health Foundation in Jackson in
support of the Health Improvement Organization/Community Hearts (Project
Access) initiative. This is the second consecutive year that the
Allegiance Health Foundation has received a grant from the Connections
for Cardiovascular Health program, for a total of $305,000 to date.
The Health Improvement Organization Community Hearts' Project Access
program aims to identify cardiovascular risk among
uninsured/underinsured workers and provide them with navigation and
resources to assist in risk reduction, health education and
skill-building around healthy lifestyles and disease management.
After one full year of funding from the AstraZeneca HealthCare
Foundation, participants in the program found to be at-risk achieved the
55 percent decreased their cholesterol
25 percent decreased their low productivity
22 percent saw their illness days drop
"We are grateful to the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation for providing
us with essential resources to reach uninsured residents of our
community and better manage their cardiovascular health," said Amy
Schultz, MD, Director of Prevention and Community Health. "This grant
enhances our local Project Access program and supports the Health
Improvement Organization's county-wide efforts to improve
comunity health. The first year of funding helped hundreds of Project
Access participants receive vital preventive screenings and resources
and brought Electronic Benefit Transfer machines to our local farmers
markets. This year's funding will continue to advance efforts
to make healthy lifestyles more accessible to all."
This year, the program will further integrate its health management
component with primary care though a shared electronic medical record
and network-based navigator/health coaches who focuses on connecting
patients with community programs and resources.
"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 Allegiance
Health Foundation's Community Hearts Project, 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 over $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 www.astrazeneca-us.com/foundation.
Applications must be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. EST on Feb.
About Allegiance Health Foundation
Allegiance Health is a $419 million, 480-bed community-owned health
system in Jackson, Michigan. Allegiance complements traditional acute
care services with mission-based services that complete the care
continuum for all members of the community. Through its Health
Improvement Organization, Allegiance is also a national leader in
forming community partnerships that innovatively address wellness and
prevention needs in the community.
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.
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