Flagstaff Medical Center receives $158,160 grant for heart disease and diabetes screenings

Feb. 25, 2013

Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) recently received a $158,160 grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. This is the second consecutive year FMC has received a grant from the Foundation, receiving a total of $325,560. The grant was awarded through the Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM  program and will be used to fund the Northern Arizona Diabetes – Heart Connection screening and education program. FMC is one of only 22 organizations nationwide to receive funding this year through the Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program. The program supports innovative work in the field of cardiovascular health. 

The Northern Arizona Diabetes – Heart Connection program is aimed at under-served or low-income adults who are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and/or diabetes. Grant funds will be used to improve wellness and overall health by identifying, screening and educating those at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Program services include identifying persons at risk for diabetes or pre-diabetes using the American Diabetes Association recommendations; assessing for cardiovascular disease risk through a heart-health screening; and providing a visit with either a nurse, certified diabetes educator or a registered dietitian to discuss risk factors and what people can do to improve their health.

Northern Arizona Diabetes – Heart Connection is part of Diabetes Together, a regional health initiative. Diabetes Together is a collaborative effort between FMC, Verde Valley Medical Center, North Country HealthCare, Native Americans for Community Action, Coconino County Public Health Services District, the Flagstaff YMCA and community members. The program integrates and extends the reach of existing heart and diabetes education and management programs in the Northern Arizona.

Diabetes screenings rates for adults in Northern Arizona are low compared to national benchmarks. Nationally, 89 percent of adults are screened for diabetes. However, rates in Northern Arizona are significantly lower; only 50 percent of Coconino County adults, 43 percent of Navajo County adults and 80 percent of Yavapai County adults have been screened for diabetes.                

“Cardiovascular disease continues to be the nation’s number one killer, which is why we must work to decrease the risks of this devastating disease," said James W. Blasetto, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C., chairman of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. "The Foundation is proud to provide funding to innovative, grassroots programs like Flagstaff Medical Center’s Northern Arizona Diabetes – Heart Connection program, which work to prevent and control the effects of cardiovascular disease in their community."      

For more information about bringing free cardiovascular and diabetes screenings to your community, contact Cristine Henry, Northern Arizona Healthcare Population Health Management director, via email at or by calling 928-773-2493.

People may get more information about heart disease and diabetes from the following organizations:
• Arizona Living Well Program: 877-982-3118
• Coconino County Public Health Services District: 877-679-7272
• Yavapai County Community Health Services: 928-639-8132
• FMC Diabetes Education: 928-773-2249
• Little Colorado Medical Center Outpatient Clinics: 928-289-3396
• Native Americans for Community Action: 928-773-1245
• Northern Arizona University Campus Health Services: 928-523-2131
• North Country HealthCare: 928-213-6110
• Poore Medical Clinic: 928-213-5543                                                
• Sacred Peaks Health Center (for Native Americans): 928- 863-7333
• Tuba City Regional Health Care Diabetes Treatment and Prevention: 928-283-1420
• VVMC Diabetes Education: 928-634-2251
• Yavapai-Apache Nation Medical Center: 928-567-2168
• YMCA of Flagstaff: 928-556-9622

About AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation: Established in 1993, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is a Delaware not-for-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) entity organized for charitable purposes including to promote public awareness of healthcare issues, to promote public education of medical knowledge and to support or contribute to charitable and qualified exempt organizations consistent with its charitable purpose. Organizations can learn more and apply online for a Foundation grant at

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