Louise Lown Heart Hero Award

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The Louise Lown Heart Hero Award is given annually to celebrate and recognize innovative, preventive approaches to promoting cardiovascular health in developing countries and other low-resource settings.

The annual award amount is US$1000.

Applications are encouraged from community-based programs (non-profit, governmental, or private sector) that have successfully engaged in work to promote heart health in a developing country or other low-resource setting (i.e., disadvantaged communities in developed countries) through innovative, preventive approaches.

To be considered, applicants must meet the criteria specified and provide all information as requested on the application form.

The Heart Hero Award is not a grant.

Applicants should focus on past accomplishments that deserve recognition, rather than future initiatives that need funding.

Examples of eligible initiatives include community programs promoting physical activity, nutrition, or tobacco control; population-based interventions reducing diabetes, hypertension, and obesity; patient-focused clinical programs increasing access to screening, identification, and control of risk factors; advocacy and policy activities; and resource development and dissemination.

Award Criteria:

Applicants should focus on one specific initiative rather than an organization's entire scope of work.

Applications must be submitted in English.

Award criteria are:

  • Focus on prevention: Build awareness or support action that promotes heart health rather than the use of medical technology.
  • Community-based: Work on a grassroots level rather than academically, institutionally, or clinically.
  • Prove to be nnovative and creative.
  • Responsive to local health needs and relevant to local culture.
  • Demonstrate success: Evaluation data is welcome but not required.
  • Evidence of success may include number of events, number of people reached, media attention, participant testimonials, policy changes, etc.
  • Cost-effective and realistically affordable within the local setting; utilize available resources and support.
  • Sustainable: Integrated into the community; not dependent on a single person's efforts or support.
  • Adaptable/adoptable: Replicable in other settings or able to be scaled up to a regional or national level.
  • In operation for a minimum of one year.
  • Research projects or proposals for planned projects are not eligible.
  • Funds will be provided directly to the organization or individual with primary responsibility for the initiative.

    Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.

    Deadline: 30th April.

    For more award information and application, see: Louise Lown Heart Hero Award Website

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