SoutheastHEALTH has received a one-year Community Action grant from the American Heart Association to improve heart health in Ripley County. The Community Action grant initiative is designed to help achieve the American Heart Association’s mission: to build healthier lives, free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Projects were asked to focus on one or more of “Life’s Simple 7,” the seven key factors to good health outlined on www.mylifecheck.organd/or align with one of the association’s strategic focus areas: advocacy; CPR & first aid; quality and systems improvement; and health equity. The seven key factors: get active, control cholesterol, eat better, manage blood pressure, lose weight, reduce blood sugar and stop smoking.
SoutheastHEALTH is one of 29 grant recipients, chosen from 172 applicants, across an 11-state region served by the American Heart Association’s Midwest Affiliate.
SoutheastHEALTH received $3,500 in funding to support the Heart Attack Response Program for Ripley County, which will provide heart attack awareness, emergency response and hands-only CPR education to residents of Ripley County. Educational programs will be presented by staff from Southeast Health Center of Ripley County and the Ripley County Ambulance District.
Debbie Leoni, director of Cardiovascular Outreach Services for SoutheastHEALTH, said, “We are delighted to receive this funding from the American Heart Association, which will enable us to educate people about how to live a healthy life and improve the heart health of our community.”