By 2020, our philanthropy will impact the global burden of heart valve disease by supporting the education, screening and treatment of one million underserved people.
As we look to the future, we want our philanthropy to help even more people and make a stronger impact. Our experience in heart valves and deep commitment to patients are driving our efforts to reduce the global burden of heart valve disease through a focused philanthropic strategy to help those with the greatest challenges. It's an urgent need, because millions of people all around the world are suffering from this disease.
We are passionate about helping underserved people through our philanthropy and plan to commit more than half of our charitable giving to Every Heartbeat Matters from 2014 to 2020.
We identify underserved people as those who have a health disparity as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention* and lack awareness of, or access to, medically appropriate healthcare.
Our Every Heartbeat Matters initiative is focused on achieving one goal – by 2020, our philanthropy will impact the global burden of heart valve disease by supporting the education, screening and treatment of one million underserved people. Capturing the results of our partners helps us track our progress towards reaching this goal. Every Heartbeat Matters partners will be provided a link to the reporting portal when data are due. The Every Heartbeat Matters reporting tool may be useful for data collection.
We look forward to your involvement in this important initiative and to celebrating the one millionth underserved person that, together, we have helped…because Every Heartbeat Matters!
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines health disparity as a type of difference in health that is closely linked with social or economic disadvantage. Health disparities negatively affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater social or economic obstacles to health. These obstacles stem from characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion such as race or ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, mental health, sexual orientation, or geographic location. Other characteristics include cognitive, sensory, or physical disability.