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Nonprofit Funding Opportunities from AstraZeneca Now Open for a Limited Time

At AstraZeneca we are deeply committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of people and the communities in which they live. This commitment extends beyond our medicines; we are continually looking for new ways to collaborate with organizations and communities who share our passion for patients through strategic partnerships and philanthropy. AstraZeneca and the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation are both offering funding to eligible nonprofits in the months of January and February 2016 to advance positive outcomes for patients and communities.

Through the end of January, AstraZeneca’s Health and Science Innovation Challenge is awarding nonprofit organizations with contributions of up to $25,000 to help solve a pressing health challenge. Programs selected for funding will present a new approach, tool or technology to help solve a health challenge, or build knowledge and skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math among K-12 or undergraduate students. Online applications will be accepted from U.S.-based nonprofits through January 29, 2016 at 5pm ET and contributions will be awarded at up to $25,000 for one year.

In February, The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity separate from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, will be accepting applications for grant funding through its Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM (CCH) program. One-year grants of $150,000-$180,000 will be provided to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations working to improve cardiovascular health at the community level. Organizations should present solutions that address urgent, unmet cardiovascular health issues, including cardiovascular disease and its related risk factors. Online applications will be accepted from February 1, 2016 through February 25, 2016 at 5pm ET.

The AstraZeneca Health and Science Innovation Challenge and the AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation are two key components of AstraZeneca’s broader commitment to making a meaningful difference for patients and communities. Stay tuned for more information about the groups selected for funding and the impact they are having in their communities. You can also visit the AstraZeneca Corporate Responsibility website to learn more about our work to advance patient health and access along the care continuum, drive health and science innovation, and help ensure the sustainability of our people and our planet.

AZ Employees Organize Backpack Drives in DE and CA to Support Local Communities

Students across the country are heading back to school and AstraZeneca and its employees joined together to help children in need get the necessary supplies to be prepared for a successful year.

Back PacksAstraZeneca employees organized grassroots efforts, utilizing employee and corporate funding, to deliver over 370 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in Delaware and California. This is almost a five-fold increase of last year’s local back to school efforts by employees, which began in Delaware. In addition to these backpacks, 300 books were collected and $850 donated by employees went directly to supplementary supplies and school uniforms.

Employees across the business delivered the backpacks to Las Américas ASPIRA Academy, a bilingual charter school in Wilmington, Delaware; Adopt-A-Student, a program that aids families in crisis throughout Delaware; and the Boys and Girls Club, in Santa Ana, California. The AstraZeneca volunteers in California also had the opportunity to mentor the children during their Arts and Crafts and Physical Education sessions.

In addition to partnering with these organizations, AstraZeneca continues to invest time, energy and funds to support educational efforts across the United States, including those that build enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Christiana Care Dedicates New Atrium at Wilmington Hospital to AZ

AstraZeneca continuously seeks opportunities to improve health in our local communities, including through its support of partners and programs that make a difference in the lives of patients and their families.  On Tuesday, July 22, Christiana Care Health System dedicated its new atrium at Wilmington Hospital to AstraZeneca during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, in a show of appreciation for the company’s $1 million contribution to support the Wilmington Hospital Transformation Project, designed to advance patient and family centered care.

At the event, Christiana Care Health System unveiled a plaque, which will be displayed in the atrium and serves to commemorate AstraZeneca and Christiana Care’s shared commitment to improving patient health.  Joining in the celebration with Christiana Care and AstraZeneca executives and employees were government officials, including Delaware Governor Jack Markell, and other community and business leaders.

“AstraZeneca is dedicated to building strong, healthy communities across the state of Delaware and nationwide,” said Paul Hudson, president, AstraZeneca U.S. and executive vice president, North America.  “Christiana Care shares in this commitment, and we’re pleased to support the expansion of its outstanding hospital system, which supports a patient-centered culture and delivers critical health resources to our community every day.”

Atrium - back view

The skylit atrium, complete with a waterfall fountain set amid lush indoor garden beds, serves as a new main entryway for Christiana Care patients, family and employees.  It provides patients and their families with easy access to the new Wilmington Hospital Health Center, a full-service health care provider offering wellness and preventive health care visits for patients of all ages, as well as the Gateway Building, a 51,000-square-foot medical office building that allows doctors to practice onsite.  Both the Wilmington Hospital Health Center and the Gateway Building will open this fall.  The atrium also connects to Wilmington Hospital’s new outdoor Healing Garden and the First State School, one of only three hospital-based schools in the nation for students with serious illnesses.

The Wilmington Hospital Transformation Project, which includes a number of other improvements – from a new main lobby and intensive care unit, to an expanded emergency department and more – is expected to be completed in the spring of 2015.

“We are thankful to philanthropic partners like AstraZeneca for helping us transform the Wilmington Hospital campus so we can serve our neighbors in Wilmington and the surrounding region,” said Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., MBA, president and CEO, Christiana Care. “AstraZeneca’s generous investment enables us to provide more access to care and greater value for our patients.”

AZ Talks Oncology with Social Media Leaders

By Rachel Humphrey, Head of Immuno-Oncology 

Today’s patient is online. Not only are patients searching for information on their personal health conditions, but they are seeking other patients who have shared in their experiences. This is especially true in the oncology space, where patients and advocates have taken to social media, helping each other locate resources and discuss the advancement of cancer research and care.

In June of 2013, through an inaugural oncology summit, we were able to learn firsthand from a diverse group of advocates about the online communities they’ve started, the information they consider most useful, and what AstraZeneca can do to help.

Continuing our efforts to give a voice to patients living with these debilitating diseases, AstraZeneca will be hosting a second oncology summit on June 17 in Gaithersburg, MD expanding to include some of the leading voices in the oncology space.

With a 30-year legacy in oncology, AstraZeneca has been a leader in developing innovative approaches to treat cancer, concentrating on those therapy areas where we believe we can make the greatest difference. It is our primary commitment to patients that is at the heart of everything we do. Join our conversation: #AZoncology.

On June 17, AstraZeneca will host an Oncology Summit with leading voices in the breast, lung, ovarian and thyroid cancer spaces. Join the conversation: #AZoncology

On June 17, AstraZeneca will host an Oncology Summit with leading voices in the breast, lung, ovarian and thyroid cancer spaces. Join the conversation: #AZoncology

3001314     Last Updated 6/14

AZ honors employees for volunteerism through Jefferson Awards for Public Service

AstraZeneca honors employees who are passionate about volunteerism every year through the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, a program that recognizes individuals for giving back to their communities. This year, AZ’s award selection committee identified eight individuals for the outstanding work they do in their communities. The AZ Steering Committee, made up of two members of the US Leadership Team, selected the Grand Winner, who will represent AZ at the National Ceremony June 16-18 in Washington, D.C.

Rich Buckley, VP North America Corporate Affairs, Paul Hudson, President AstraZeneca US and Executive Vice President, North America and Laura Mably, Regional HR Director, North America and Vice President, US Human Resources celebrate with Jefferson Awards winners after the Ceremony.  (L-R) Rich Buckley, Paul Hudson, Rose Pimpinella, Carol Stinson, Diane Davis, Gil Peña, Becky Hesbrook-Garcia, Christopher Duncan, Jayson Richert and Laura Mably.

Rich Buckley, VP North America Corporate Affairs, Paul Hudson, President AstraZeneca US and Executive Vice President, North America and Laura Mably, Regional HR Director, North America and Vice President, US Human Resources celebrate with Jefferson Awards winners after the Ceremony.
(L-R) Rich Buckley, Paul Hudson, Rose Pimpinella, Carol Stinson, Diane Davis, Gil Peña, Becky Hesbrook-Garcia, Christopher Duncan, Jayson Richert and Laura Mably.

Please join us in celebrating this year’s AZ Jefferson Awards winners:

Becky Hesbrook-Garcia, Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist: Becky has a long history of volunteering with the University of Texas-Pan American, the Hope Family Health Center and Easter Seals. Thanks to her involvement, these organizations have the leadership, funding and medically trained personnel and volunteers they need to provide underserved populations with access to health care and support programs.

Diane Davis, Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist: Diane founded Boat Kids, an event that coordinates a day out on the water for children with special needs and their families.  In addition, every year Diane organizes the AstraZeneca team of volunteers for Metropolitan Ministries Holidays of Hope Tent, which provides food, toys and holiday entertainment for more than 23,000 families.

Christopher Duncan, Executive District Sales Manager: Chris led his team’s volunteering efforts, helping people locally, nationally and internationally through organizations such as Project CURE, Passionately Pink for the Cure, Raiders’ Closet, Upper New York State Transplant, and the Young Life and Wyld Life.

James Gonzales, Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist: James helps children with special needs stay physically active through his volunteer work with St. Pius Special Needs Group, No Boundaries 4 Special Needs and Speak Up 4 Autism. James also volunteers for Aliviane, where he educates students about the dangers of abusing prescription medication.

Gil Peña, Senior Diabetes Sales Specialist: Gil volunteers for two organizations dedicated to helping fight the impact of diabetes on his community – Crusader Family Health Foundation and the Rockford Cosmopolitan Club.

Rose Pimpinella, Global Marketing Manager-MOVANTIK: Rose has helped the Lisa Diener Domestic Violence Foundation grow from a new foundation established in 2010 to a resource that has successfully raised almost $90,000 to benefit organizations and shelters that help women and communities overcome domestic violence.

Jayson Richert, Health System Manager: Jayson and his wife support March of Dimes, the organization that helped them when their twin daughters were born 12 weeks early. In addition to fundraising, they share their story as an ambassador family in memory of their daughter Lily, and out of gratitude for the advances in neonatal care that saved their daughter Olivia, who is now six.

Carol Stinson, Director, Science Affairs, US Corporate Affairs: Carol volunteers for Healing Art Works, a group that provides works of original art for patient spaces in hospitals and other care centers with the goal of facilitating emotional and physical healing. In addition to their annual project, this past year Carol also led “Butterflies for Boston” to benefit those affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Becky Hesbrook-Garcia was selected as the AstraZeneca Grand Winner and will attend the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony in Washington, D.C. in June on behalf of AstraZeneca. There, she will be eligible to win a national award for employee volunteerism.

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service were founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former US Sen. Robert Taft, Jr. and Delawarean Sam Beard to create a Nobel Prize for public service. The awards are presented both locally and nationally to encourage volunteerism and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through volunteer service.

AstraZeneca congratulates these winners and thanks them for their ongoing commitment to community service.

AZ Asks APA Attendees to “Help Us Help Others” and Support Mental Health

By Emily Denney, Head of External Affairs, AstraZeneca

HUHOAstraZeneca believes that a healthier world cannot come from medicines alone. That is why we support the efforts of nonprofit organizations working to improve health in communities across the US. We collaborate with many organizations who share our passion for making a meaningful difference to patient health across therapeutic areas.

One way we show our support is with our Help Us Help Others program that was started by AstraZeneca to engage healthcare professionals at medical meetings by asking them to join the company in supporting non-profit organizations working to improve healthcare. It will now expand to include programs in mental health. For more than 50 years, AstraZeneca has been committed to raising awareness of mental health conditions and the availability of resources and services to developing treatment options that help patients manage mental health conditions.

The Help Us Help Others program will be featured at the 167th American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, in New York City May 3-7. Conference attendees can visit our booth (#937) for an interactive experience, including patient and healthcare professional videos that show the journey through bipolar diagnosis, treatment and adherence. After visiting the booth, attendees can select one of three mental health organizations—Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Mental Health America, or the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare, to receive a donation from AstraZeneca to support patient programs.

This effort underscores AstraZeneca’s commitment to connect people and communities with resources that improve health and well-being and help the organizations make a meaningful difference in their communities.

You can learn more about AstraZeneca’s focus on innovation and improving health in communities across the US here.

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AZ Employee Recognized as Delaware Tech Black History Month Honoree

Ty Jones DTCC BHM HonoreeTyrone (Ty) Jones, Director of Delaware External Affairs for AstraZeneca, was recognized by Delaware Technical Community College (Delaware Tech) as the annual Black History Month Honoree at a special celebration on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.  Ty, who has played an active role in driving positive change in communities state-wide for decades, joins other notable Delawareans – such as Mayor Dennis Williams, Jocelyn E. Scott and Dr. James E. Newton – in receiving this honor.

For more than 15 years, Delaware Tech’s Stanton/Wilmington Campus has been celebrating Black History Month by honoring a member of the community for his or her outstanding personal and professional achievements. The College selects individuals who have made significant contributions to the community and have made an impact on improving the quality of life throughout the state.

Ty has a wealth of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors in the state of Delaware, with a career that spans more than 20 years. In his roles at AstraZeneca, the Urban League, U.S. Senator Tom Carper’s office, and the City of Wilmington, Ty has engaged stakeholders across these sectors to work to address healthcare policy and program development, adolescent health and development, and strategic philanthropy and advocacy.  Ty also started “Project Stay Free,” a community-based intervention program aimed at helping youth who come in contact with the juvenile justice system to reconnect to their families and their communities.

Delaware Tech – the First State’s only community college – offers academic, technical and continuing education, and corporate and community training comprising more than 120 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs. Visit www.dtcc.edu to learn more about Delaware Tech and its programs.