The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation's Connections for
Cardiovascular HealthSM program today announced a
grant of $150,000 to Sankofa Community Development Corporation to
support its Sankofa Health, Education, Agriculture and Leadership (HEAL)
Project. This is the third consecutive year in which the Sankofa
Community Development Corporation has received a grant from the
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, totaling $450,000.
From left to right: James W. Blasetto, M.D., MPH, FACC, Chairman of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation; Rashida Ferdinand, Founder and Executive Director of Sankofa Community Development Corporation; Zydikiyah Morrison, a participant in the Sankofa HEAL Project; and Daniela Rivera, Treasurer of the Board at Sankofa Community Development Corporation, at a ceremony today for the presentation of a grant for $150,000 to Sankofa Community Development Corporation from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. The event took place at ARISE Academy in New Orleans, La. The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $3.7 million to 19 U.S.-based nonprofit organizations across the country dedicated to improving cardiovascular health in local communities. (Photo: Business Wire)
The Sankofa HEAL Project teaches youth and their families about the
health benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables as well as the
associated risk reduction for obesity, hypertension, diabetes,
cardiovascular disease and related illnesses. Participants also receive
heart health and nutrition education through the development of a
community garden, participation in a farmers' market and a
"We are very appreciative to be awarded tis third year of funding from
the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation," said Rashida Ferdinand,
executive director, Sankofa Community Development Corporation. "The
grant will help us strengthen and expand the HEAL Project to directly
reach more children and their families in order to continue to promote
heart-healthy lifestyles and better impact our community."
As a result of previous funding from the AstraZeneca HealthCare
Foundation, in 2013, two-thirds of the 74 HEAL students that have
participated in the program increased their knowledge of cardiovascular
health, such as dietary habits and physical activity. In addition, the
program has provided increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables at
the Farmers' Market for people of lower socioeconomic status who would
otherwise not be able to afford them.
"Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United
States, and organizations like the Sankofa Community Development
Corporation 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 Sankofa Community Development
Corporation for its commitment to improving heart health in their
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 Sankofa Community Development Corporation
Sankofa Community Development Corporation, founded in 2008, serves as a
catalyst to revitalize New Orleans' Lower and Upper Ninth Ward
communities. The nonprofit organization was established to facilitate
advances in urban revitalization, healthy living, youth empowerment
through education and intergenerational learning. Currently, Sankofa
Community Development Corporation leads the Sankofa Mobile Market,
Sankofa HEAL Project and Sankofa Learning Gardens and Farms Project.
Learn more at www.sankofanola.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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