In February as we start to think about cupid and hearts, it’s a good time to think about our own heart health. In 2021 SEFCU will continue its support of the American Heart Association (AHA) with a $50,000 grant and partnership on a number of programs throughout the year with the goal of educating underserved populations in the Capital Region about stroke and heart attack signs, symptoms, and prevention, and supporting fundraising events.
Power Sunday Sermons
Because of the success of two successful Power Sunday sermons at Metropolitan Community Church last year, SEFCU and the AHA are once again offering this program in 2021. For four weeks leading up to the sermon, the congregation received information on blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease and then on the Power Sunday days, Albany School of Pharmacy students were on hand to take blood pressure readings and administer glucose tests and discuss the results. In 2020, 77 individuals were screened.
AHA Adopts Health Monitoring Clinic
With SEFCU’s support, the AHA will partner with a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the Capital Region where community members can get comprehensive and preventative care, regardless of their ability to pay. FQHC sites are critical as they serve about 20 million patients with 72% of those individuals living below the poverty level. In support of the clinic, SEFCU will provide self-monitoring devices that will be loaned out to patients who need ongoing observation.
“The American Heart Association is committed to being a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. 2020 really showed us how important health is, and how diligently we must all work so that the Capital Region can be a healthy community,” said Amy Young, Executive Director for the American Heart Association in the Capital Region and Upper Hudson Valley. “The risk factors for heart disease are the same risk factors for COVID, and people with heart disease who get COVID could face more obstacles recovering. We’ve also seen that COVID is disproportionately affecting underserved communities, where people already suffer from cardiovascular diseases at a high rate. With SEFCU’s support, we are able to provide health screenings and health education where they are most needed. Working with SEFCU, we are able to make the Capital Region a healthier place for all its residents.”
SEFCU Leads the Way with AHA Fundraising
Although the last year has been difficult for most, SEFCU’s support of the AHA remained strong. The SEFCU Heart Walk team raised more than $42,000 – and took the honor of the highest fundraising for any one company – to benefit the AHA. SEFCU will continue its support of the Heart Walk and CycleNation events in 2021 with the hope of surpassing 2020 fundraising totals.