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Roslyn Savings Bank Foundation Grant Supports South Nassau’s HOST Program
– South Nassau Communities Hospital recently received a $10,000 grant from the Roslyn Savings Bank Foundation in support of the hospital’s HOST (Heart Outreach Study Tract) Program, which provides outreach, education, screening, and treatment services to improve cardiovascular health and enhance access to care for medically underserved individuals in southern Nassau County.
"The Roslyn Savings Foundation, recognizing the need to educate all of our neighbors about the dangers and especially the prevention of cardiovascular disease, is proud to support the HOST program," said Marian Conway, Executive Director.
Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. It is particularly prevalent in the communities served by South Nassau Communities Hospital, where 40% of residents are low-income and/ or minority individuals – a population that is disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has identified cardiovascular disease as one of six health areas in which racial and ethnic minorities experience serious disparities in health access and outcomes at all stages of life.
Community surveys show that both African-Americans and Latinos – regardless of socioeconomic status – are less knowledgeable about cardiovascular disease symptoms, risk factors, and methods of prevention. These factors are compounded by the fact that patients in poor and minority communities are frequently diagnosed at late stages of disease, thereby depriving them of the benefits of treatment advances in the management of cardiovascular disease.
“The Roslyn Savings Bank Foundation is recognized for its support of charitable programs and services that provide vital services and solutions for the range of issues and problems facing the region” said Sheila D’Nodal, MD, Vice President, Ambulatory Services. “We are grateful that Roslyn Savings Bank is partnering with South Nassau to ensure that the underserved have access to the education and healthcare services that are needed to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease."
Since its inception in 2007, the HOST Program has provided educational services to 565 members of the community and health assessment and screening services to 347 individuals, at no cost to program participants. Outreach and education is accomplished through partnerships, seminars and community-based health screenings. Community-based organizations and associations that are partners of HOST include the American Heart Association, the Hispanic Counseling Center, African-American Health Education and Development Foundation (AHEAD), and Hispanic Brotherhood of Rockville Centre. Health education seminars on cardiovascular disease risk factors, signs, and symptoms and behavior changes that can reduce these risks and current treatment options are held at popular community-based gathering places, including houses of worship, schools, libraries and senior centers.
Screening for conditions linked to cardiovascular disease is provided as part of a continuum of services, along with individual patient education and counseling by a clinician. Those who are identified as at elevated risk are referred for follow-up, either through the South Nassau Family Medicine Center, or with a physician of their own choosing.
About Roslyn Savings Foundation
The Roslyn Savings Foundation is proud to help to improve the quality of life for its neighbors on Long Island and Queens, with grants totaling almost $17 million dollars to date. The foundation provides invaluable support for an array of social needs – from health-related organizations to education, community services, and cultural activities. The Foundation achieves effectiveness by establishing personal relationships with not-for-profits. The time it spends answering questions and providing guidance results in stronger candidates for future funding not only from Roslyn Savings Foundation, but other foundations and businesses as well. Recently, the Foundation has focused on a few issues that are critical on Long Island, such as the nursing shortage, assisting first-time home buyers, and the environment. By concentrating grants in these areas the foundation hopes to make a significant impact. You can learn more about the foundation at http://www.roslynsavingsfoundation.org/index.htm.