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Whittier Street Health Center receives grant to support heart health

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 12, 2014 03:37 PM

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From left to right: Representative Gloria Fox; Frederica Williams, president and CEO of the Whittier Street Health Center; Timothy Gardner, AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Trustee; Evelyn Brooks, program participant and Linda Hardemon-Fulks, program participant


A recent grant will help the Whittier Street Health Center in its effort to increase heart health in the Roxbury, Mission Hill, and the South End.

On Tuesday, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular Health program presented the Tremont Street-based center with a $150,768 grant, to support its Connections for Cardiovascular Care initiative.

This is the third year the center has received the grant.

“Whittier strives to provide optimal care to members of the community, especially underserved and minority communities who are at risk or suffer from cardiovascular disease, hypertension and other related chronic diseases,” Frederica M. Williams, president and CEO of the Whittier Street Health Center, said in a statement. “The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation grant allows us to provide our patients with comprehensive cardiovascular screening and access to care, while also reaching those who may have otherwise gone untreated due to healthcare cost and accessibility.”

The center's initiative seeks to increase access to cardiovascular education, screenings, and care through community-based programs that specifically target Boston’s African-American and Latino residents.

Nearly 267 participants were enrolled in the program in 2013, which included direct case management services, social services, patient navigation and/or a six-week cardiovascular education course, according to the center.

The program also served more than 850 residents through screening outreaches, case management, and care coordination.

“Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, and organizations like Whittier Street Health Center are creating innovative programs to help prevent and decrease the associated risks with this devastating disease,” Dr. James W. Blasetto, chairman of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, said in a statement. “We are grateful to Whittier Street Health Center for its commitment to improving heart health in their community.”

Located at 1290 Tremont St., the Whittier Street Health Center, a private, non-profit, independently licensed community health center, serves more than 25,000 patients annually, according to the organization.

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