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Caregiven Wins an American Heart Association Grant!

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The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart & brain health for all, awarded financial grants to three women entrepreneurs in its first EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator - Oregon & SW Washington on Sept. 30, 2021. The accelerator empowers and invests in women social entrepreneurs and women-led businesses that foster equitable access to good health. 

Candice Smith, Caregiven's Founder and CEO, was awarded second place and a $30,000 financial grant!

"This grant means so much to me, personally, and the Caregiven team, not only does the financial award enable us to make our product better and reach more caregivers, but the resonance of our story with the audience and the encouragement of the judges inspires us that we are on the right path; we are doing good and meaningful work."

Over the past four weeks, the six finalists participated in an MBA-style business training focused on developing their business stories. The program aims to educate all about social determinants of health and why the need for these types of projects are so crucial. 

Maya Page was awarded the first place $75,000 financial grant to support her project, the Carry App. Based in Portland, OR the Carry App offers movement and meditation for pregnant people and new parents to reduce stress and foster better health outcomes.

We are literally ecstatic! This is a huge accolade and will be used for new app features, recording sessions with incredible prenatal and postpartum teachers, and getting the word out about the Carry app,” said Page. 

The Fan Favorite award went to Tylia Johnson-Allen who was awarded $15,000 to support her project, Hands That Help. Located in Portland, Hands That Help works in the African American and BIPOC communities helping its clients connect to various accessible resources.

Winning this grant means more to our agency than words could explain,” said Johnson-Allen. “To have the support of our community means that they believe in us, in our work, and our commitment to them. This is only the beginning!

The panel of expert judges included Sam Yamoah, chief strategy and innovation officer at Cambia Health; Stephen L. Noble, M.D., FACS, cardiothoracic surgeon and lead medical advisor to Live Chair Health, a previous American Heart Association Accelerator winner; and Sally Bany, Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation co-founder and trustee.

The grant funding for the competition comes from the Lamfrom Charitable Foundation.

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