The Indianapolis-based Guidant Foundation has announced a $750,000 grant to fund the Cardiovascular Learning Partnership's Diabetes-Heart Disease Pilot Program.
Supported by the American Diabetes Association and four other national nonprofit organizations, the pilot program will address disparities that exist in the treatment of cardiovascular disease among African Americans with diabetes in Atlanta and nationwide. Studies show that African Americans are less likely than whites to seek or receive proper diagnosis and treatment for heart disease and to have access to life-saving tests and procedures.
The program, which consists of two concurrent efforts — a clinical demonstration project in Atlanta featuring patient and provider education, screenings, referrals, counseling, and patient tracking; and a targeted marketing, education, and awareness campaign among select African American churches and employers — will serve as an opportunity to build a CVD intervention template for African Americans with diabetes. Pending evaluation of the Atlanta results, the template will be rolled-out as a community-based program for dealing with diabetes and cardiovascular disease in ten additional metropolitan areas in the U.S. over the coming year. In addition to African Americans, it will also target women of every ethnic group over age 50 who have diabetes.
"We are pleased to fund such an important program that can help African Americans with diabetes, a group which has been underserved in terms of quality cardiovascular medical treatment," said Guidant Foundation president Jim Baumgardt. "We are also gratified that a group of organizations, headed by the American Diabetes Association, have recognized this problem and agreed to support the CLP."