The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation's Connections for
Cardiovascular HealthSM program today announced a
grant of $173,210 to the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center to
support its Dial Down Diabetes program. This is the third consecutive
year in which the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center has
received a grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, totaling
Dial Down Diabetes is targeted toward African-Americans and Latinos with
a goal of developing a comprehensive, culturally relevant
community-based program for low-income adults with diagnosed diabetes,
undiagnosed diabetes or prediabetes. The program is designed to enable
patients to "dial down" the impact that diabetes has in their lives.
"The support through the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Connections
for Cardiovascular HealthSM program has allowed us
to provide a concentration of services to our diabetic population," said
Jeffrey McKissack, CEO, Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center.
"Many of our adults are low-income, older and lack many resources.
Through this partnership, Dial Down Diabetes has provided resources and
created new collaborations that have extended our reach and improved our
clinical outcomes. As a community health center, we appreciate the
support of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation to help us help those
in the most need."
As a result of previous funding from the AstraZeneca HealthCare
Foundation, in 2013, the program provided case management through
clinical staff which included access to nutrition education, exercise
classes/education and support toward meeting clinical guidelines. The
averag A1C value for 453 participants decreased from 9.4 to 8.1. In
addition, at the start of the program, less than a quarter of these
participants considered themselves healthy eaters and that measure
increased to 61 percent by the end of the year.
"Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United
States, and organizations like the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health
Center are creating innovative programs to help prevent and decrease the
associated risks with this devastating disease," said James W. Blasetto,
M.D., MPH, FACC, chairman of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. "We
are grateful to the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center for its
commitment to improving heart health in their community."
The Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM
program annually awards grants of $150,000 or more to U.S.-based
nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving cardiovascular health in
local communities. This year, the program awarded nearly $3.7 million in
grants to 19 organizations. More than $14 million in grants have been
awarded through the program since its inception in 2010.
Organizations can learn more and apply online for a Connections for
Cardiovascular HealthSM grant at www.astrazeneca-us.com/foundation.
Applications must be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. EST on Feb.
About Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center
Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center is a Federally Qualified
Health Center focused on serving the needs of residents in Middle
Tennessee. Matthew Walker, a 501(c)(3) organization, strives to provide
a comprehensive service model for those without insurance. The
comprehensive model includes pediatrics, a pharmacy, behavioral health,
dentistry, laboratory services, obstetrics and gynecology, and social
services. Based on the patient's ability to pay, these services are
discounted using a sliding discount fee scale. In 2012, over 71 percent
of the 33,000 patients helped by Matthew Walker in its four clinic sites
across Middle Tennessee providers were underinsured or uninsured. Learn
more at www.mwchc.org.
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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