GR Heart Health Effort Gets AstraZeneca Foundation Award

WILMINGTON, Del. — The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular Health program announced nearly $1 million in grants to 10 organizations working to help improve cardiovascular health in their communities.

Among the winners this year was Catherine’s Health Center in Grand Rapids, which received $100,000.

Their effort, called “Healthy Heart Team / Whole Hearts,” aims to combine outreach, education and screening with team-based, patient-centered care and on-site counseling, treatment and support for underlying mental health issues in order to help low-income, underserved individuals overcome complex obstacles and achieve better cardiovascular and overall health.

The foundation also announced the availability of additional grants in 2018.

The organizations receiving grants this year will work to help improve the heart health of people in their communities through innovative programs for at-risk groups that tailor activities and information to the needs and culture of the people they are serving.

Organizations interested in applying for funding for the 2018 CCH program can submit applications beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern time Monday, Feb. 5, through Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. For more information on the Foundation and how to apply for a grant, visit

Since 2010, the Connections for Cardiovascular Health program has awarded nearly $22 million in grants to 49 organizations nationwide.

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