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Phoenix, Let’s Focus on Mental Health

Setbacks in life are inevitable. Learning to deal with them will change your life – and your health.

Educating young women in Tucson about STEM careers

Phoebe Chalk-Wadsworth
Volunteer Phoebe Chalk-Wadsworth was interviewed by News 4 Tucson, KVOA at STEM Goes Red held in Arizona’s Tech Parks.

Chicken and Black Bean Tostadas with Avocado Cream

Chicken and Black Bean Tostada with Avocado Cream

The toasted tortillas provide a crispy base for this delicious Mexican dinner. 

Noticias en españo

Noticias en español

La tasa de mortalidad materna entre mujeres latinas subió bruscamente en el 2020, y la mayoría de los decesos fueron por problemas cardiovasculares.


In the past 100 years, the American Heart Association and its community of supporters have accomplished an astonishing amount in the fight against heart disease and stroke. However, our journey is far from over. As we enter our second century of work together, we’re more dedicated than ever to finding and funding the next big scientific breakthrough in cardiovascular research.
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Events in Your Area

West Valley Heart Walk

Location: Goodyear Civic Square

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2024 - 09:00 AM


In Your Community

Emergencies leave us feeling helpless, but they don't have to. In an effort to ensure that more people are prepared during a crisis, Senate Bill 1137 was passed in 2016 with a three-year phase in approach. The bill states that by the 2019-2020 school year, every student in a public or charter high school in Arizona would be required to learn Hands-Only CPR at least once in their high school journey.

Arizona is now the 32nd state to pass Hands-Only CPR as a high school graduation requirement, helping to create a new generation of lifesavers. This fall, the American Heart Association Phoenix Division visited North Canyon High School, delivered CPR in Schools Training kits and equipped 25 students with the two steps to save a life. Donated by the Paradise Valley Multi-Specialty Surgery Center, the kits feature the latest science and teach AED use and choking relief.

When a person has a cardiac arrest, immediate CPR can double or triple their chance of survival. By teaching today’s youth the lifesaving skill of Hands-Only CPR, we’re putting more heart heroes in the Phoenix community.

Phoenix community impact

The American Heart Association in Southern Arizona worked with Wanda F. Moore, chair of the Sarver Heart Center Minority Outreach committee, on a Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure (SMBP) Train the Trainer program. Wanda recruited thirteen faith-based organizations and groups to implement the first round of the SMBP program for 6 months starting April 21, 2021. The second round of the program started in February 2022 with another group of community partners and churches. The program would last four months.

Association staff worked with Wanda to provide training and materials such as blood pressure cuffs. Through a grant, the Association also provided a part-time coordinator to support Moore and other volunteers. These volunteers are trained to become community trainers, able to assist members in each faith-based organization to monitor their blood pressure correctly and consistently accord to the American Heart Association guidelines.

By providing valuable resources and education, passionate volunteers like Wanda Moore, her committee and the American Heart Association are working relentlessly to close health gaps in Southern Arizona.

Southern Arizona Community Impact

Advocacy has had a mission-critical role in the Association's work for more than 40 years. Our legislative and regulatory priorities help to mitigate risk factors and protect survivors in communities across the country. We support the enactment of evidence-based public policies that lead to longer, healthier lives.

Our efforts in Arizona and its communities are focused on five major policy areas. These are: Tobacco Free, Quality Systems of Care, Healthy Eating, Active Living, and Access to Care.

Tobacco products are creating a whole new generation of smokers by targeting our youth. In fact, 1 in 5 Arizona high school students are vaping.

Approximately, 115,000 Arizona kids alive now will ultimately die prematurely from smoking if current trends continue.

In 2020, the Arizona Advocacy team once again defeated Big Tobacco by blocking another attempt to ban cities and towns from regulating tobacco products; including e-cigarettes. Arizona is one of a handful of states that does not have a tobacco retail license, so there is no way to know where tobacco retail products are being sold and most importantly, there is no way to ensure that retailers are not selling to those under the age of 21. We are leading the way, along with many other health organizations, education collaborators and local communities in establishing real and effective tobacco retail licensure in Arizona.

Help us continue to make Arizona a healthier place to live, work, play and pray. Join our network of You’re the Cure advocates.


Ingrid E. Haas, MD
– President

Community Volunteer/Retired Physician
College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Term: 2020-2026

Trista Loops
– Chair

Plan Chief Financial Officer
Term: 2020-2026

Rachel Bond, MD, FAAC
– President - Elect

Dignity Health, Arizona
System Director, Women's Heart Health
Term: 2019-2028

Pedro Cons
Adelante Healthcare
Term: 2022-2026

Oana Dumitrascu, MD, MSc
Mayo Clinic
Vascular Neurology Senior Associate Consultant,
Associate Professor of Neurology
Term: 2021-2025

Reshmaal Gomes, MD, FACC, MRCP
Phoenix Heart LLC
Term: 2020-2026

Isauro "Izzy" Gonzales
IEG Consulting
Small Business Consulting
Term: 2022-2026

Tom Grote
Term: 2023-2025

Heather Kane
CEO, UnitedHealthCare of AZ and NM
Term: 2020-2026

Nancy Lipman
Chicanos Por La Causa
Executive Vice President, Compliance, Risk & Human Resources
Term: 2024-2026

Lori A. Mallory
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Vice President, Transformation
Term: 202-2026

Kevin J. Mendivil, PhD
Tempe Union High School District
Term: 2021-2025

Jeff Meshey
Desert Financial Credit Union
President and CEO
Term: 2022-2028

Christopher Nickle
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Executive Vice President
Term: 2021-2025

Greg Taylor – Board Chair
Arizona Complete Health

Dr. Reza Movahed - Board President
Cardio Care

Dr. Eric Cornidez - Board President Elect
Pain Institute of Southern Arizona

Dr. Joseph Alpert
Sarver Heart Center

Stefanie Boe
Bayer Crop Sciences

Debora Bornmann
Cornerstone Specialty Hospital

Sarah Frost
Banner Health

Dr. Nooshin Hashemzadeh
La Vie Derma

Alex Levin
Levin Risk Management

Peter Loya
Tech Parks Arizona

Suzanna Pangburn
Edwards Lifesciences

Anthony Schaefer
Long Realty

Dee Anne Thomas
Arizona Lotus Corp

Dr. Gabriel Trujillo
Tucson Unified School District

Monica Vargas
Carondelet Health Network

Anthony Ventress
Sunquest Information Systems

Contact Us


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Tempe, AZ 85281 

Phone: (602) 414-5353


2959 N Swan Road
Tucson, AZ 85712

Phone: (520) 917-7520

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