While significant advances have been made in cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment, health outcomes are disparate across economic, racial, and ethnic groups. According to the County Health Rankings, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute which ranks the health of counties across the U.S., only 20% of a person's overall health is determined by clinical medical care, while the rest is determined by social and economic factors, including where one lives and one's physical environment.
The American Heart Association, the world's leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, and the KLA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the leading provider of process control and yield management systems for the semiconductor industry, have announced the creation of the KLA Social Equity Fund, which will provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations committed to breaking down barriers for people who are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease because they lack access to necessities such as healthy food, clean air and drinking water, quality education, employment, and housing.
Targeted to geographies where KLA has headquarters, specifically the South Bay/Silicon Valley region in California and the Detroit metro area, the $1.5 million fund will take a hyper-locally focused approach that is informed by local health and business needs.
The American Heart Association will conduct virtual town hall events to provide more information about the fund, how to apply for grants, and answer any questions. The town hall meetings will be held on:
Tuesday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m. PT for the Silicon Valley/South Bay region (registration link)
Wednesday, October 21 at 11:00 a.m. ET for Detroit metro area (registration link)
Small, local nonprofit organizations working to provide sustainable, long-term solutions to food and housing insecurity, access to health care, and income equality are encouraged to participate in one of the town hall sessions to learn more about the submission process, including how to complete a formal statement of interest.