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HEALTHVISIONS MIDWEST INC. ONE OF NINE INNOVATIVE HEART HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO RECEIVE GRANT FROM ASTRAZENECA HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION
Hammond, IN., Sept. 29, 2020 – HealthVisions Midwest’s innovation and commitment to improve the heart health of the people of Gary, East Chicago and Hammond was recognized with a grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM Next Generation program. The $149,573 grant will fund the HEART (Healthy Eating, Active Living, Reduce Stress, Test your Numbers) program.
The HEART program is one of nine programs to receive funding through this first year of the Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM Next Generation program. The program, which builds on the Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program and 10 years of lessons learned to address a leading cause of death in the nation, launched on World Heart Day to elevate awareness of cardiovascular disease and ways to address it at the community level.
“HealthVisions Midwest seeks to empower and support the community to live healthier lives,” said Paula Wills, Executive Director. “This funding helps us to address the leading cause of death in Indiana, cardiovascular disease, for low-income minorities through a comprehensive wellness program. The HEART program will reduce barriers and improve disease self-management skills, healthy eating, and physical activity,”
The grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation will help HealthVisions Midwest’s HEART program to address health disparities in three low-income minority communities in Lake County, Indiana, aimed at lowering health risks including blood pressure, cholesterol and weight/BMI and promoting heart-healthy lifestyle habits. Community Health Workers, serving as health coaches, will work with participants to reduce stress, increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, and develop a regular exercise program.
“Through CCH Next Generation, we’re expanding the reach of our program to new communities to continue working to improve heart health across the country,” said James W. Blasetto, MD, MPH, FACC, chairman of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. “We’re proud to be supporting HealthVisions Midwest and look forward to seeing how they help meet their community’s unmet cardiovascular needs.”
About HealthVisions Midwest Inc.
HealthVisions Midwest (HVM) was founded in August 1998 to further the mission, vision and values of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ (PHJC) after the sale of hospitals owned by Ancilla Domini Sisters. Programs are offered in Fort Wayne and Hammond, Indiana and East St. Louis, Illinois and include, chronic disease self-management, healthy eating, assistance with obtaining low-income and Medicare benefits, senior transportation, telephone reassurance calls, medical interpretation and translation for immigrants and Community Health Worker training. HVM employs 20 full- and part-time co-workers who are assisted by over 40 dedicated volunteers. For more information and the latest updates, follow HealthVisions Midwest on Facebook @healthvisionsmidwest, @healthvisionsmidwestesl, and @healthvisionsmidwestfw.
About AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation
Established in 1993, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is a Delaware not-for-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) entity, separate from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, organized for charitable purposes including to promote public awareness and education of healthcare issues and support nonprofit organizations consistent with its charitable purpose. Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM was launched in 2010 and has received $35 million in charitable contributions from AstraZeneca to date. The program has awarded over $24.8 million in grants to 58 organizations nationwide. More than 1.7 million people have been reached by the program and over 65,000 people have had their heart health progress tracked through a variety of Grant Awardees’ programs. For more information and the latest updates, follow the Foundation on Facebook (@AstraZenecaHealthCareFoundation), Twitter (@ConnectCVHealth) and YouTube (ConnectionsCVHealth).