Online Program

Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM Grant Program: Innovations and Best Practices from Community Based Cardiovascular Programs

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

James W. Blasetto, MD, MPH, AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, Wilmington, DE
In 2009, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation (AZHCF), a not-for-profit organization, established the Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM (CCH) program. Each year, the CCH program provides grants to US-based nonprofit organizations engaged in work at the community level in support of the program’s mission to improve cardiovascular (CV) health. The CCH program reflects a commitment to providing programming at the community level with a focus on connecting people with information, support, and other community members in an effort to produce change in the heart health of participants. This poster discusses various aspects of CCH-funded community- and clinic-based grant programs aimed at improving CV health in communities across the United States. Awardees were able to design innovative programs that were focused on specific target audiences and were eligible for multiple years of funding based on criteria established by the AZHCF Board of Directors. Innovations in community-based health promotion were identified from among the programs that are generalizable and have the potential for replication for other CV health grant programs.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Identify best practices in the administration of nonprofit programs supporting community health promotion. Identify the potential impact of innovative approaches to supporting health promotion innovation within community settings.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as the volunteer Chairman of the Board of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation since the launch of the Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program. I am also a physician (cardiologist) and a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Vice President, US Medical Affairs, Evidence Generation at AstraZeneca Cardiovascular Health Professional
The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation (a 501 (c) (3) entity) received $27 million in charitable contributions to its Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program. Cardiovascular Health Financial

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.