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Collaboration Leads to Innovation as the GE Foundation Team Partners with CDPH and Northwestern on New Heart Initiative

Published 05-09-13

Submitted by General Electric Company

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has partnered with the GE Foundation and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to launch Keep Your Heart Healthy—an innovative plan to identify the Chicagoans most at risk. This initiative provides them with the education and resources to reduce their cardiovascular disease risk factors and better manage their own health, in part by referring them to community health centers to ensure access to care. It’s a plan that requires one-on-one outreach through community partnerships. This new initiative aligns with the national Million Hearts campaign.  

Keep Your Heart Healthy is being launched in two Chicago neighborhoods whose residents are disproportionately impacted by heart disease. Residents of these neighborhoods will benefit from direct linkages to community health centers affording them long-term follow-up care. This is the same type of underserved community investment that the GE Foundation has employed all over the country.

CDPH will be monitoring the success of this new project and hope to expand it to other neighborhoods in the future. Keep Your Heart Healthy will also provide a framework for other communities to create similar partnerships between foundations, medical care providers and government agencies that can help more people say “yes” to living longer and healthier lives.

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