Oregon & SW Washington

Help us ensure that everyone in Oregon has the opportunity to live a longer, healthier life.

A Culture of Health in Oregon & SW Washington

We're working to create a world free of heart disease and stroke - a world where everyone can live your healthiest life. We know that true health is influenced by the places you live, learn, play and pray. Our work in Oregon & SW Washington includes working with local industries to improve the health of workers, increasing access to healthy food in our community, teaming up with city and state leaders to promote health policies, and providing our kids with more opportunities to be active in school.

Congratulations to the EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ – Oregon & SW Washington grant recipients!

Six local innovators vied for $120K in grant funding to support businesses that break down barriers to health at the EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Oregon & SW Washington finale. 

The Accelerator supported women entrepreneurs working to increase health equity in Oregon and Southwest Washington communities. Watch the event here!

Oregon EYSBA 2021 Finalists

Improving blood pressure management with hypertensive patients in Vancouver, WA

The American Heart Association's ambulatory initiative, Target:BP is making an impact in SW Washington, where the Vancouver Clinic is using AHA guidelines, educational resources, and donated blood pressure monitoring cuffs to help improve blood pressure measurements for 190,000 patients across Clark County. Uncontrolled high blood pressure (or hypertension) is dubbed the silent killer and is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Helping adults control high blood pressure is key to our mission of helping people live longer, healthier lives.

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Did you know that South Asians account for 25% of the world’s population but 60% of the world’s burden of heart disease?

The AHA hosted a webinar, Dil Ki Baat: Matters of the Heart, focusing on heart health in the South Asian Community. Dr. Nandita Gupta, AHA Oregon & SW Washington Board Member and OHSU Health-Hillsboro Medical Center’s Director of Cardiovascular Service Line was joined by Dr. Ami Bhatt, Head of Outpatient Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and AHA Board Member in Boston. They discussed heart disease challenges facing the South Asian population, and steps we can take to mitigate risks for this growing and vibrant community.

Heart Failure and the Importance of Feeding Your Body, Mind and Soul. 
 

The American Heart Association and local Sponsor Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have joined forces to educate our community around Heart Failure.

Together we hosted a virtual workshop featuring a heart-healthy cooking demonstration, mindfulness exercises, practical information for managing heart failure and a Q&A with our panelists.

Make your Plan - The Importance of Designating a Healthcare Proxy

If a healthcare emergency happened, and you couldn't speak for yourself, do you have someone prepared to advocate for you that knows your wishes?

The American Heart Association and sponsor Regence BlueCross BlueShield hosted an engaging discussion featuring physician, patient, and caregiver perspectives and discussed how having these conversations now can make a world of difference for your care later.

Supporting those with Heart Failure

Although it can be difficult living with a chronic condition like heart failure, people can continue to enjoy full lives as they address their symptoms. We are working with OHSU to provide heart failure resources – such as self-monitoring tools, ways to recognize the signs, tips on lifestyle changes, and questions to ask providers – all in an effort to help people manage the condition.

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Changing the Culture of an Industry Through Hard Hats with Heart

Just like any professional athlete, industrial workers’ bodies are their most valuable asset. We are working with the local construction industry to help identify and manage key health risk factors, and support the industry with tools and resources to improve health of its professional trade workers.

Promoting Healthy Hearts From the Start

A healthy diet supports a healthy heart. We’re working to increase access to healthy foods and beverages to increase the health of our community. AHA is partnering with local businesses to ensure employees have healthy food options at the office. Working side-by-side with organizations in our community, the AHA is addressing food insecurity specifically in Clackamas County.

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Advocating for Health Policies

We will only beat heart disease and stroke if we work together. From tobacco control and prevention to safe routes to school and healthy food access, we advocate for policies that prevent cardiovascular diseases, improve the quality of and access to care, increase research funding and protect youth from nicotine addiction. 

Contact Us

4380 SW Macadam Avenue #480
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 820-5300

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