Healthy NewsWorks is excited to announce that it is one of 38 community-based nonprofit organizations selected to receive funding through AstraZeneca’s Accelerate Change Together (ACT) on Health Equity: Community Solutions Challenge.
The ACT on Health Equity: Community Solutions Challenge supports organizations that are advancing health equity in underserved U.S. communities through innovative health, wellbeing, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs at the local and regional level.
The Community Solutions Challenge recipients, selected from more than 1,000 applicants, will receive $25,000 each, for a total of nearly $1 million, AstraZeneca announced December 13, 2022.
In addition, 14 national nonprofits were selected to receive $3 million to support national and regional health equity programming as part of ACT on Health Equity’s National Strategic Collaborations.
“At AstraZeneca we believe that it will take the entire healthcare system working together to advance health equity among under-resourced communities,” said Christie Bloomquist, Vice President, U.S. Corporate and Government Affairs and President, AstraZeneca Foundation.
The 2022 recipients were chosen based on several criteria including their ability to create measurable and sustainable change toward health equity.
Over the past 19 years, Healthy NewsWorks has worked with thousands of children to teach health literacy while also developing their leadership, critical thinking, and communications skills through journalism.
“We are deeply honored to receive this recognition from AstraZeneca,” said Marian Uhlman, executive director of Healthy NewsWorks. “It will help us expand and deepen Healthy NewsWorks’ impact in the community and serves as a tribute to the work our student reporters and their teachers are doing.”
Healthy NewsWorks empowers elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, critical thinkers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.