Quidel and the AHA join forces to advance education and awareness of heart disease in San Diego County 

June 28, 2022 – QuidelOrtho announces that its subsidiary, Quidel Corporation, is collaborating with the American Heart Association to improve the health of San Diego residents and deconstruct barriers to equitable health in our communities. Quidel will invest funding totaling $750,000 and support over the next three years as the American Heart Association approaches their centennial anniversary in 2024. 

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States and about 2,150 Americans die each day from it. Stroke, the No. 5 killer in the U.S. and a leading cause of severe disability, claims the lives of nearly 219,000 Americans each year. Together, the American Heart Association and Quidel Corporation will work to create collective, transformational change inspired by engaging local businesses, their employees, the community, and youth in year-round initiatives that are designed to improve their physical health and emotional wellbeing. 

As part of the collaboration, Quidel will invest funding and support for several campaigns and initiatives led by AHA San Diego Division. They will include: 

  • Live Fierce: Live Fierce is the American Heart Association’s bold approach to driving equitable health impact in the communities we serve. The Live Fierce campaign invites supporters to come alongside the AHA in meaningful ways that will positively affect the landscape of heart disease and stroke. 
  • Doctor, It’s Been Too Long: The pandemic has caused many people to delay their health care appointments, which can lead to serious health issues in the future. AHA is conducting a campaign focused on reassuring people that visiting the doctor regularly is both safe and essential. 
  • Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to increase women’s heart health awareness and to improve the lives of women globally. Through Go Red for Women, the AHA is working in communities around the world, so women not only understand their greatest health threat but take action to lower their risk. 
  • STEM Goes Red is the American Heart Association’s initiative to empower young women to create the next great medical breakthroughs in cardiovascular disease while guarding their own heart health.  
  • Heart Walk: Through the annual Heart Walk, friends, families, coworkers, and neighbors walk together to demonstrate their commitment to their health and to honor or remember loved ones with heart disease or stroke.  

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