Health—General & Rehabilitative

THE HEART2HEART FOUNDATION INC

Touching hearts. Saving lives.

aka The Heart2Heart Foundation

Rock Hill, SC

Mission

The mission of The Heart2Heart Foundation is to inspire and enable women and their loved ones to take action that prevents heart attack, stroke and premature death.

Notes from the Nonprofit

The Heart2Heart Foundation is a Community Partner with The Heart Truth@, Healthy Hearts Network, Survivors Have Heart and Irish Heart Disease Awareness. Membership affiliations include: Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), TogetherSC, York County Interagency Coalition, Impact York County, #YorkCountyGives / #GivingTuesday and Eat Smart Move More York County.

Ruling Year

2013

President/Founder

Mrs. Sheila J Caldwell

Main Address

PO Box 2991

Rock Hill, SC 29732 USA

Keywords

heart disease awareness, women's heart health, coronary prevention services

EIN

46-1239466

 Number

6564272515

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health Support Services (E60)

Heart and Circulatory System (G43)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans today yet most of us don't know we have it until we experience a cardiac event or, worse, our family learns of it upon our death. Most women and men who suffer a heart attack before the age of 65 don't survive the first one. Around 90% of American women already have at least one risk factor for heart disease. Since heart disease actually begins in chidhood, it is imperative that we increase awareness and educate families about prevention as the first step in the fight against this disease. While some risk factors cannot be changed, around 80% of them can be prevented or managed through good nutrition, exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking. Combining preventative education with basic and advance screenings, we can help people learn their risk for heart disease and how to win the fight against our #1 killer. A priority on heart health will lead to healthier communities.

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#RedHeartMamas

#HowsYourTicker Statewide Screening Campaign

Back2School Block Party

#TestNotGuess Campaign

Where we work

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our goal is simple and yet a very real challenge. We want to see fewer mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, friends and co-workers dying of a largely preventable disease. Somewhere in the US, a woman dies almost every minute of every day of heart disease yet most women still don't know THIS is her greatest health threat or how to recognize the signs. Our goal, simply put, is to SAVE LIVES!

Our strategies for reaching women with our message of prevention are unique. While we do utilize multi-media and social media campaigns to raise awareness about heart disease, much of our time is spent talking to women one-on-one. Whether we're distributing free heart health educational materials at a community event, talking with women at corporate health fairs, speaking for women's groups or meeting women at heart health screening events, our method is by extending the personal touch to reach women where they live and to listen to their concerns.

At present, we are a volunteer-led organization. We rely on our volunteers, community and healthcare partners to help us coordinate our awareness, educational and screening programs. We are also very adept at creating strategic partnerships with our events to help symbiotic organizations provide additional resources to the adults and children we serve in the community.

Our primary goal is to get more women, and men, screened early for heart disease. The testimonials we receive back from event and screening participants give us a gauge into the impact we're making as does the attendance at those programs. We are developing and will be implementing a new follow-up program with participants in the coming year.

One of the most common questions we get about The Heart2Heart Foundation is how we are different from other organizations focused on heart disease. The answer is actually quite simple. Our primary focus is on early detection and we keep the funds we raise in the communities we serve. ​After realizing there was no organization dedicated to addressing heart disease prevention in her community, heart attack survivor Sheila Caldwell felt that her mission was to help more women and men learn their risk for the disease and how to win the fight against our #1 killer. Sheila along with a group of women including co-founder Deb King created the concept of what would become The Heart2Heart Foundation. With an extensive background with international, national and local nonprofits Sheila and her husband, Bill, made the decision to incorporate the organization with South Carolina in November of 2012. ​Our focus comes down to three basic elements: ​1) AWARENESS - With only about half of the women in the US aware that heart disease is our greatest health threat, the foundation of our work in the community is to educate adults and youth about the disease but - more importantly - how positive lifestyle changes can prevent it! When you consider that about 80% of the risk factors that lead to heart disease can be prevented or managed, we have HOPE! We have the power to change this! ​2) ACTION - It's astonishing to think that most of us find out that we have heart disease only after we have a heart or, worse, our family learns of it when we die. Studies have shown that through prevention, early detection and timely interventions, about half of the 600,000+ adults we lose each year to heart disease could have been saved. We want to move women and men from awareness to action by helping them learn their individual risk and the steps to take next to prevent heart attack, stroke, and premature death. ​3) ADVOCACY - Women are a powerful force for change and we want to harness that power to save lives. It begins with each of us: understanding our own risk, learning and adopting lifestyle choices to improve our heart health and then sharing that with our family, friends and community. Even today, women's heart health is still under-researched, under-diagnosed and under-treated. We need women who will lend their voices to sharing this message! Since our launch in 2013, through the help of our incredible group of volunteers and program partners , we have shared our message of prevention and hope with more than 35,000 adults and youth. In addition almost 7,600 women and men have learned their personal risk for heart disease!

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

Organizational Demographics

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Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
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Female
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