WILMINGTON, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AstraZeneca is proud to announce $4 million in financial contributions to 52 nonprofit organizations through its second-annual Accelerate Change Together (ACT) on Health Equity: Community Solutions Challenge and National Strategic Collaborations. Building on the learnings and impact from its inaugural year, the 2022 contributions will support community-based, regional and national nonprofit programs working to advance health equity and enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) among historically excluded and disenfranchised populations in the US.
“At AstraZeneca we believe that it will take the entire healthcare system working together to advance health equity among under-resourced communities,” said Christie Bloomquist, Vice President, US Corporate and Government Affairs and President, AstraZeneca Foundation. “Building on our efforts in 2021, this $4 million in new annual contributions is part of our long-term commitment to prioritize access, affordability and outcomes through all our strategic nonprofit collaborations. Our goal is to serve as a trusted community partner and ultimately help create lasting change where patients live, work, receive care and more.”
Following the submission of more than 1,000 applications to the second annual AstraZeneca ACT on Health Equity: Community Solutions Challenge, 38 community-based nonprofits were chosen to receive $25,000 each, for a total of nearly $1 million. The funding will support innovative solutions that address barriers to care and social determinants of health including social, emotional and academic support, healthcare worker training, disease education, services combating barriers such as transportation and food insecurity and STEM career and leadership skills training.
Fourteen national nonprofits received a total of $3 million to support national and regional health equity programming within the communities and therapeutic areas where AstraZeneca has presence and expertise including asthma, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, heart failure, lupus and cancer. The national programming will help address key, widespread societal needs including healthcare workforce pipeline, community health empowerment and clinical trial diversity, with the goal of eliminating barriers that can lead to higher incidence of preventable conditions among under- resourced populations.
All 2022 funding recipients were chosen based on several criteria including their ability to create measurable and sustainable change toward health equity. All AstraZeneca health equity efforts are guided by our first-of-its-kind Health Equity Advisory Council (HEAC), an independent group of cross-sector leaders, established in 2021.
“The elimination of persistent health inequities is a pressing public health imperative,” said Dr. Thomas LaVeist, PhD, Dean, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and AstraZeneca HEAC member. “Community-based organizations often have innovative solutions but lack the resources to implement them. AZ’s leadership in this area is a model for how the private sector can expand its impact on the communities that they serve.”
To learn more about the 2022 recipients, click here.
In addition to the 2022 National Strategic Collaborations and Community Solutions Challenge contributions, the AstraZeneca Foundation is evolving its strategic focus in 2023 and developing a new signature grantmaking program that will support AstraZeneca’s long-term ambition in health equity. Information on funding opportunities through the new program will be available on the AstraZeneca Foundation’s website in early 2023.