Our philanthropic initiative, Every Heartbeat Matters (EHM), focuses on impacting the lives of underserved patients.
By partnering with over 60 patient- and cardiac-focused charitable partners around the world, we have invested more than $30 million and countless hours of employees' dedication to create the EHM community.
Between 2014-2020, the EHM community has impacted the global burden of heart valve disease by educating, screening and treating over 1.7 million underserved people, surpassing the initial goal of 1 million. Based on the accumulated knowledge and experience over the past six years on how to have the greatest impact on patients, Edwards is focused on its next phase of EHM.
We will improve the lives of 2.5 million additional underserved structural heart and critical care patients by the end of 2025.
Together with our charitable partners we will:
- Broaden the initiative’s focus from heart valve disease to all structural heart diseases and critical care support;
- Impact each stage of the patient journey from detection to treatment, with an additional emphasis of recovery, and;
- Establish an enhanced product donation program that provides EHM partners with access to donated Edwards products to provide humanitarian treatment for underserved patients outside the U.S.
Click on the images in the map below for a video of our patients' stories.
We identify underserved people as those who have a health disparity as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services* and lack awareness of, or access to, medically appropriate healthcare.
* U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines a health disparity as “a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.
Our Every Heartbeat Matters measures the results of our philanthropic grants. Each partner is required to adhere to our program and reporting guidelines. Partners are provided a link to the reporting portal when data are due.
We partner with an experienced organization, MAP International, to offer EHM partners donated products to perform humanitarian treatment for underserved structural heart and critical care patients outside the U.S. Through this partnership, we are also offering patient care packages, assembled by employees, to underserved patients around the world.
MAP International is an organization dedicated to providing medicine and health supplies to those in need around the world so they might experience life to the fullest. Please visit MAP.org/EHM to learn more, apply to become a MAP partner and request donated products and patient care packages.
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