GRAND RAPIDS — A $167,383 grant from the AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation will support Catherine’s Health Center’s Healthy Heart Team that works to improve the cardiac and overall health of patients who have multiple medical conditions.
A registered nurse will direct and coordinate patient care.
Prior funding from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation helped the center’s “Heart Smart Connections” program conduct annual health re-screenings for 472 participants.
More than 800 new participants were tracked for progress and about 60 percent of them reduced their total cholesterol by an average of 17 points, and 50 percent decreased their systolic blood pressure by 15 points. About 44 percent of new participants reduced their Body Mass Index by an average of two points, and more than 40 percent lost an average of more than eight pounds.
Catherine’s Health Center was one of 11 community health centers nationwide to share $1.9 million in grant funding awarded this year by the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular Health program.
The health center also received a $26,300 grant from the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program to increase awareness of early detection of breast cancer. This was the 10th straight year the center received funding from the Avon grant program.
The Count Me In program at Catherine’s Health Center educates women and refers them to low-cost or free mammograms and breast exams.
Since 2006, the program has provided more than 10,000 women with information about early detection of breast cancer and has referred almost 2,300 women for mammograms and clinical breast exams.