The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation's Connections for
Cardiovascular HealthSM program today announced a
grant of $187,270 to UnityPoint Health - Trinity to support its Helping
Everyone Access heaRt Treatment (HEART) program.
The HEART program works to improve cardiovascular disease prevention and
disease awareness among uninsured, hard-to-reach adults who live in the
medically underserved areas of Rock Island County by providing on-site
cardiovascular risk screenings, health literacy education
sessions/materials and healthy behavior tools and support at
neighborhood centers. The program also will use a health coach to
provide support and motivation to help participants achieve healthy
"While heart disease can strike anyone, low socioeconomic status
increases one's risk," said Joni Griffin, RN, manager of Trinity's
wellness department, which is administering the program. "This grant
from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation allows us to overcome that
risk factor by helping us reach underserved populations who may not
always have access to this kind of screening and education."
Heart disease accounts for 25 percent of all deaths in Illinois,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.1
Low-income households and minorities are disproportionately affected by
cardiovascular disease. The grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare
Foundation will help UnityPoint Health - Trinity improve cardiovascular
health in Rock Island County.
"Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United
States, and organizations like Trinity UnityPoint Health - Trinity are
creating innovative programs to help preventand 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 Trinity for its commitment to improving heart health in
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 UnityPoint Health - Trinity
UnityPoint Health - Trinity (formerly Trinity Regional Health System)
operates four full-service hospitals in Rock Island and Moline,
Illinois, and Bettendorf and Muscatine, Iowa, with a total of 584
licensed inpatient beds. It also includes affiliated entities the
Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences, the Robert Young Center
for Community Mental Health, Trinity Health Enterprises and the Trinity
Health Foundation. UnityPoint Health - Trinity's leadership in quality
and service excellence has helped earn top industry awards for patient
safety, excellent outcomes and cost control. Its Illinois hospital
campuses have been recognized twice on the Thomson Reuters "100 Top
Hospitals" list. UnityPoint Health - Trinity has nearly 3,100 employees
and 600 physicians on its medical staffs providing care to patients
throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois. In 2012, Trinity hospitals
delivered 2,507 babies, admitted 23,205 patients and had more than
97,954 emergency visits. Learn more at www.unitypoint.org/quadcities.
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.
1 Murphy, S.L., Xu, J., & Kochanek, K.D. Deaths: Final data
for 2010. National vital statistics reports; vol 61 no 4, 85-86.
Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2013.
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