A relentless force for longer, healthier lives in our community.
CPR saves lives and Steve Munatones is here to prove it
When Steve suffered a cardiac arrest his son Skyler found him lying unresponsive on the bathroom floor and immediately began performing life-saving CPR until paramedics arrived. He literally saved his father’s life.
Training the next Generation of Heartsavers™ in Kern County
The American Heart Association donated 15 CPR in Schools Training Kits™ to the Kern High School District to train students on CPR, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and choking relief as part of the school’s health curriculum.
New initiative aims to promote healthy blood pressure in Southern California
Four blood pressure self-monitoring kiosks are being placed in four under-resourced communities in Los Angeles and Orange counties to provide residents easier access to check, change and control their blood pressure.
Gratitude is good medicine
A regular gratitude practice can lead to better mood, better sleep, lower blood pressure and improved immune function.Tips to make gratitude a daily habit
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Events in Your Area
Orange County Heart & Stroke Ball
Location: Ritz Carlton, Dana Point
Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023 - 05:00 PMRegister
San Diego Heart & Stroke Walk
Location: Balboa Park
Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023 - 06:30 AMRegister
Kern County Heart and Stroke Walk
Location: California State University, Bakersfield
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023 - 09:00 AMRegister
Greater Los Angeles Heart & Stroke Walk
Location: Rose Bowl Stadium
Date: Sunday, October 22, 2023 - 08:00 AMRegister
Central Valley Heart and Stroke Walk
Location: Tesoro Viejo
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023 - 08:00 AMRegister
In Your Community
Libraries with Heart – Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure
As a champion of health equity, the American Heart Association is addressing the drivers of health disparities — including barriers to access to quality healthcare —by launching the Libraries with Heart initiative with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health CalFresh Healthy Living Program and the Ontario City Library.
This initiative provides self-monitoring blood pressure kits for library check-out, as well as information on blood pressure, nutrition, physical activity, and local resources in both English and Spanish. This allows Ontario Library card holders to access free blood pressure monitor kits that support taking their blood pressure accurately at home, knowing and understanding their blood pressure numbers, access to resources on how to control and manage their blood pressure and connection to clinical care.
Libraries with Heart participants can scan a QR code or go to a link to access a step-by-step self-monitoring blood pressure video (English/Spanish) and link directly to heart-healthy tips, educational materials at the library and insight into finding local resources, including health centers.
The American Heart Association in Kern County is working with community collaborators to make an impact in four key areas: supporting residents managing high blood pressure, working to ensure our community has access to the healthy and nutritious foods that sustain health, ensuring everyone knows the lifesaving skill of CPR and raising awareness of the No. 1 killer of new moms – heart disease.
By bringing together organizations, sponsors, companies and community partners across Kern County, we will save and improve lives. Equity is always at the center of our work, and it will continue to guide all that we do. Thank you for your continued support.
The American Heart Association believes every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life.
With your continued support, we are working to advance cardiovascular health for all by identifying and removing barriers to health, focused on:
- Improving nutrition security. Los Angeles County is home to the largest number of food-insecure people in the country, affecting 1 in 5 individuals. Food and nutrition insecurity is linked to chronic disease, including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. We're advocating for policies that increase access to healthy food and water, collaborating with clinics and community organizations to establish nutrition security screening and referrals for high need individuals, and providing nutrition education to prevent cardiovascular disease and promote health.
- Reducing uncontrolled high blood pressure. Out of the 2 million people with uncontrolled high blood pressure in LA County, over two-thirds are impacted by structural inequities that limit their access to health care. We're working with health centers and clinics to increase access to care and improve hypertension control by training staff, assisting with the adoption of system changes, and engaging patients in blood pressure self-monitoring. We're also establishing community-based blood pressure screenings and clinical care referrals for at-risk individuals.
- Ending tobacco use and nicotine addiction. Big Tobacco has a long history of targeting youth and Black neighborhoods with minty menthol and candy flavored products. As a result, 80% of youth who have ever used any tobacco product started with flavors and 85% of Black smokers use menthols. We're protecting youth and communities of color from a lifetime of nicotine addiction by advocating for policies restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products in all Los Angeles cities and jurisdictions, as well as ensuring strong enforcement of tobacco retail laws.
As a local catalyst for collective impact, innovative ideas and partnerships, and scientifically driven content, the San Diego/SW Riverside County American Heart Association’s three greatest community impact focuses lie within:
- Controlling high blood pressure to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke. One in three San Diego & SW Riverside adults has been diagnosed with high blood pressure; even more are unaware they have this silent risk factor. We are strengthening clinical systems and practices relating to chronic disease management with strategic trainings and partnerships with clinics serving our most vulnerable populations. We are coming alongside communities to strengthen health literacy and increase at-home blood pressure monitoring.
- Increasing equitable nutrition security. Nearly one in four people in Riverside & San Diego County are experiencing food insecurity, which has lasting effects on mental health and chronic disease. We are working with community stakeholders and healthcare providers to bridge gaps in food insecurity screenings, advocating for SNAP funding and incentives, pushing for increased drinking water and meal options in schools, and exploring innovative solutions with communities in food deserts.
- Preventing and reducing the use of tobacco products. By graduation, one in six California students reports recent use of a tobacco product, and that number is rising. We are collaborating with cross-sectional stakeholders to eliminate youth access and use of tobacco products through concerted education and policy efforts in schools and communities. We are reducing the intended effects of targeted marketing to LGBTQ+, Black & Hispanic communities and youth, and tackling the cascading effects of nicotine addiction.
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 California 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.
Thanks to advocacy efforts, in November of 2022 Californians voted to end the sale of flavored tobacco products – including menthol cigarettes. Study after study shows the reason most young people start using e-cigarettes – and why they get hooked – is because they are sold in the candy, fruit and mint flavors kids like. California will now have the nation's strongest protections against the tobacco industry’s business model that markets deadly tobacco products to kids, especially those who live in Black and brown communities.
Join our network of You’re the Cure advocates to continue to improve the health of all Californians.
Jared Salvo, MD, President
Central Cardiology Medical Center
Kurt Vote, Chair
Wanger Jones Helsley PC
William F. Baker, MD, FACP
Didra Cantu, MPA-HCM
Director of Quality and Risk,
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bakersfield
Bonnie Her, MD
Family Medicine Physician,
Community Medical Providers
Vice President Medi Cal Lead,
Dignity Health Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
Lisa Kreber, Ph D., CBIS
Director of Operations,
Adventist Health Bakersfield
Felice Lin, MD
University Cardiovascular Center
VP of Operations,
Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital
Paul Quinn, CPA, CFF
Ryan, Christie, Quinn & Horn, LLP
Sarabjeet Singh, MD
Vivian Torio, DO
Adult and Family Medicine,
Rachel Yankey, MD
Saint Agnes Center Physicians
Mike Myers - OIC Board Chairman
Regional President, Southern California, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc
Pranav M. Patel, MD, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI - OIC Board President
Chief, Division of Cardiology, Professor of Medicine & Biomedical Engineering, Director Cardiac Catheterization Lab, University of California, Irvine
Angela Grinstead Ahmad – Past Chairwoman
General Counsel, Inari Medical, Inc.
Jacqueline Eubany, MD, FACC, FHRS - Past President
Electrophysiologist, Cardiovascular Wellness Institute
John D. Baker, MD
Board Certified in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology, President Healthy Heart Cardiology Inc.
Vice President, CNI College
VP Sales and Client, Management, COO Southern California/Nevada, Cigna
CEO & Founder, Beeya
CEO, RC Medical LLC
Co-Managing Shareholder - OC Office, Chair - West Coast Real Estate, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
President, Mountain View Services, Inc
Vice President and Chief, Compliance Officer, Inland Empire Health Plan
Manager, Health Sciences Health Education, Wellness, & School Safety, Orange County Department of Education
Partner in Mergers & Acquisitions, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Senior Vice President, Brown & Brown
Kim Saruwatari, MPH
Director of Public Health, Riverside University Health System - Public Health
Mohammad Shafie, MD, PhD
Neurology & Vascular Neurology Specialist, UCI Health
President: Richard Shemin, MD
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery,
UCLA Health System Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Chair of Robert and Kelly Day Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery; Chief of Cardiac Surgery UCLA Medical Center and David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine
Chair: Paul Watkins
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Northridge Hospital Medical Center, CommonSpirit Health
Leadership Development Chair: Ed Romano
Members at Large
Chief Operating Officer,
Chief Medical Officer,
Jamey B. Edwards
Chief Operating Officer,
Carolyn Kaloostian, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Geriatrics
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Smitha Ravipudi, MPH,
USC Care; CEO, Ambulatory Care Services, Keck Medicine of USC
Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity,
David Sato, MD
Providence Specialty Medical Group
Kathryn Shirley, CPA, MBT
World Management Solutions, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer & Founder,
VP of Gas Acquisition,
Juli Moran, MBA - Chair
Managing Director, San Diego Office, Deloitte
Ramón Hernandez, DrPH, MPH – President
Section Chief, Community Health, UC San Diego, School of Medicine
Yameeka J. Williams, MSHA, MBA, FACHE - Immediate Past-Chair
Assistant Medical Center Administrator, Kaiser Permanente
Robert Stein, MD, FACC, FAHA - Immediate Past-President
Cardiologist, Graybill Medical Group
Matthew Zubiller - Leadership Development Chair
Nancy Greengold, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer, Sharp Grossmont Hospital
Natalie Hawryluk, PhD
Senior Director, Drug Discovery & Early Development, Edgewise Therapeutics
Andrew Ho, MD, FACC
Cardiologist, Temecula Center for Cardiac Care
Steven Hooker, PhD
Dean, College of Health & Human Services, San Diego State University
Tommy Le, MBA, MPH
COO & Interim CEO, Select Specialty Hospitals-San Diego
Joe Lo Duca, MBA, MPH
Vice President, Cardiovascular Service Line, Sharp HealthCare
Linda Naviaux Niggli
Retired Senior Executive, Luxury Fashion Industry
Ajay Srivastava, MD
Advanced Heart Failure Cardiologist, Scripps Health
Ernesto Villanueva, EdD
Senior Executive, Education Sector
David Zumaya, MS
Founder, My San Diego