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HNW receives second AstraZeneca health equity award
March 13, 2024
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Healthy NewsWorks has received a Community Solutions Challenge award for the second year in a row through AstraZeneca’s Accelerate Change Together (ACT) on Health Equity initiative. The global pharmaceutical and biotechnology company this year awarded $900,000 in Community Solutions Challenge grants to 36 local and regional nonprofits working to reduce barriers to health care and addressing the impact of social determinants of health. 

The award will support Healthy NewsWorks’ 20-year mission to empower elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, critical thinkers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through factual publications and digital media. 

“We are deeply grateful to AstraZeneca,” said Marian Uhlman, Healthy NewsWorks executive director. “This award reflects the hard work our students and their classroom teachers put into increasing health understanding in their communities, and it will play a meaningful role in helping us to keep building the Healthy NewsWorks experience for others.”

Through ACT on Health Equity, AstraZeneca also gave $2.4 million in National Strategic Collaboration grants to 10 national nonprofits to support national and regional health equity programming in areas where the company has presence and expertise, including asthma, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, and diabetes. 

“Advancing health equity in the U.S. requires cross-sector partnership and community-based solutions to address the most pressing barriers medically underserved communities face,” said Mohit Manrao, senior vice president and head of U.S. oncology for AstraZeneca. “These new financial contributions demonstrate our long-term commitment in health equity and are just one of the ways we are contributing to lasting change for communities across the U.S.” 

Learn more about Healthy NewsWorks’ mission and impact here.

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Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.

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