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Fox Valley Heart Fund Initiatives

With your support, we are able to provide a variety of outreach programs in our area, including:

Cardiovascular Services for the Underserved:  In 2010, the Fox Valley Heart Fund and VNA Health Care opened the Aurora Community Heart Clinic to provide preventive education, diagnostic testing and specialist consultations to Medicaid and uninsured patients.  The clinic serves more than 200 patients each year. 

Heart Sisters Education and Support Group:  This empowered group of women heart disease survivors provides a relaxed, confidential outlet for women to share thoughts and feelings with other women coping with heart related issues.  They are active in community education, reaching out to new heart patients in the hospital, and raising awareness.

Website, Screening, and Community Education:  Fox Valley Heart Fund offers free heart risk profiles and cholesterol screening to educate residents of our community about their personal heart health risks.  The Fund also provides resources and information about preventing cardiovascular disease through its website, as well as through a speakers bureau of healthcare professionals.  These speakers address disease management including diet, exercise and other healthy lifestyle topics at a wide variety of community venues.

AED Donation Program:  Schools, churches, retirement homes and social service agencies in our community can apply to receive donated Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), which are critical to boosting survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest.  The FVHF leverages the resources of Rush Copley Medical Center to sponsor community education about where donated AEDs are located and how to use them, as part of this donation program.

Annual Women’s Heart Symposium:  This annual event, sponsored by Rush Copley, attracts over 200 health care professionals, providing dialogue with some of the country’s leading experts on the most current issues related to heart disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.  The inclusion of gender-specific scientific information helps ensure equality in the delivery of heart health care to both men and women.  The Fund, in collaboration with local hospitals, provides leadership to assure the symposium content provides up-to-date, relevant information based on national guidelines for patient care.

Nursing Scholarships and Recognition:  We believe in empowering and encouraging local students to pursue health care careers through Aurora University and Waubonsee Community College.  Each year, we award $3,000 to local nursing students to help realize their career goals.  In addition, each year the Fund Recognition Award is presented to community members who show outstanding efforts in furthering our cause.