CHERRY BROOK, NS (February 14, 2020) – The Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation, alongside representatives from TD Bank Group, the Health Association of African Canadians, Nova Scotia Health Authority, the Black Cultural Centre, East Preston Day Care and Family Resource Centre and community members, launched the DGH African Nova Scotian Heart Health Outreach Program at the Black Cultural Centre today.
The program has been made possible thanks to a generous $125,000 gift from TD Bank Group, part of the Foundation’s Above and Beyond Capital Campaign.
“What a perfect time to announce this exciting initiative with our dedicated community partners ̶ during African Heritage Month and Heart Health Month, and on Valentine’s Day,” says Stephen Harding, President and CEO of the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation.
“We’d like to thank TD for their outstanding gift in support of a new program which will allow our healthcare team to improve health outcomes for African Nova Scotian patients coming to the Dartmouth General.”
Through the TD Ready Commitment, the bank's global corporate citizenship platform, TD is proud to help address health inequities through the new DGH African Nova Scotian Heart Health Outreach Program. Leaders at Dartmouth General are concerned that African Nova Scotians from the communities of East and North Preston, Cherry Brook and Lake Loon are not seeking diagnosis and treatment of cardiac conditions at the hospital, in the same volume as other populations.
“Not only will this program enhance access to healthcare at our hospital, it will make an impact in the health outcomes for the entire community,” says Dr. Chadwick Williams.
“As a physician at Dartmouth General, and a member of the Preston community, I am so thankful to TD for making this program possible, and for the community representatives who are coming together to ensure its success.”
Working with the Health Association of African Canadians (HAAC) and Nova Scotia Health Authority, the program will allow the hospital to establish a critical baseline understanding of cardiac health issues experienced by these communities. It will also support the implementation of new and innovative approaches to addressing barriers faced by high-risk and marginalized populations, with the goal of improving health outcomes.
“We're pleased to support the hospital and local African Nova Scotian communities to help create a brand new heart health program that will benefit more patients in the HRM," says Tina Murphy, Community Banking & External Events, Regional Delivery Excellence – Atlantic Region, TD Canada Trust.
“A key driver of our corporate citizenship platform, the TD Ready Commitment, is to support community partners, such as the Dartmouth General Hospital and the Health Association of African Canadians, who are driving innovative healthcare solutions to help create more equitable outcomes for everyone. We’re proud to be a part of that."
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