The HeartBrothers Foundation hosted its Semi-Annual Corporate Sponsorship meeting, presenting its accomplishments over the last six months and outlining goals moving forward. HeartBrothers’ top 2022 sponsors include TransMedics, CareDx, Cytokinetics, Novartis, and Abbott.
Health equity was a major focus of the meeting. Participants watched a Channel 10 news story featuring HeartBrother Kyree Miller talking about the high-rate of heart failure in minority communities and the disparities in care.
“It’s a huge, huge issue,” said HeartBrothers Co-Founder Patrick Sullivan. Sullivan explained that more than 66% of HeartBrothers’ financial grants went to people of color, and 93% went to individuals with annual income below $50,000.
HeartBrothers speakers outlined other recent accomplishments, including consistent high occupancy at the HeartBrothers House, which offers low-cost, luxury housing for heart failure patients and families during treatment. “We have almost no vacancies and receive rave reviews,” Sullivan said.
Other highlights from the last several months include the HeartBrothers' popular, monthly Patient Support Group, year-round educational webinars, and the launch of its new website, which streamlined the navigation and added a plethora of photos of HeartBrothers' community members and events. The new site also features key links to HBF's most visited pages, including the ABOUT page, which explains the HeartBrothers Foundation's mission and origin story. The RESOURCES page hosts links to important resources for patients and families, and the HEARTBROTHERS HOUSE page, which showcases a mini virtual tour of its gorgeous accommodations.
The HeartBrothers recounted their just-finished a 40 Days of Giving initiative with Hewlett Packard which greatly expanded HBF's exposure.
Looking ahead, Sullivan spoke about launching a robust outdoor and digital awareness campaign to increase knowledge about heart failure and transplantation.
The HeartBrothers Foundation is available to heart failure patients and families everywhere, offering educational webinars, a patient support group, emotional support, financial assistance to underserved heart failure families, and many other resources. The HeartBrothers House is located in Boston’s Back Bay, easily accessible to Boston's major heart failure centers. www.heartbrothers.org