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Hispanic Serving Institution Scholars program in Miami

Hispanic Serving Institution Scholars program in Miami

The American Heart Association Scholars at Hispanic Serving Institution (HSIs) program serves as a pipeline for diverse researchers and health care professionals by providing undergraduate students with academic and career-enriching resources, including scholarships and mentoring. Only seven states in the country are engaging in this initiative, one of which is Florida: in Miami.

Bring Nutrition to the Plate in Palm Beach

Bringing Nutrition to the Plate

We all know nutrition is critical not just for heart health, but for the health of our entire bodies! That’s why we’re working directly with food pantries to make sure their clients, who represent some of our historically under-resourced communities members, have access to fruits, veggies and low-sodium options. Our Palm Beach team granted funds to 10 local pantries to help them increase cold storage capacity, launch summer and mobile food programs, and offer nutrition education to clients, so we can all lead longer, healthier lives.

Teaming up to launch East Winter Garden Market in Orlando

Teaming up to launch East Winter Garden Market

In collaboration with a network of community partners and with funding from the Florida Blue Foundation, the American Heart Association in Orlando launched the East Winter Garden Market, directly benefitting over 250 families battling food insecurity. This monthly resource serves East Winter Garden, an under-resourced community in the heart of a food desert whose residents experience health disparities.

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Events in Your Area

Tampa Bay Go Red for Women Luncheon

Location: Armature Works

Date: Friday, February 10, 2023 - 10:30 AM

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Gainesville Heart Ball

Location: Hilton University of Florida Conference Center

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023 - 06:00 PM

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Palm Beach Heart Ball

Location: The Breakers

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 06:00 PM

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Orlando Go Red for Women Luncheon

Location: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Date: Friday, February 24, 2023 - 11:00 AM

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Brevard County Heart Walk

Location: The Avenue Viera

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023 - 08:00 AM

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Marion Go Red for Women

Location: Circle Square Cultural Center

Date: Friday, March 3, 2023 - 06:00 PM

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Heart of First Coast Heart Ball

Location: Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 - 06:30 PM

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Broward Heart Walk

Location: Nova Southeastern University

Date: Sunday, March 12, 2023 - 08:00 AM

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Heart of Southwest Florida Heart Ball

Location: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023 - 05:30 PM

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Tampa Bay Heart Ball

Location: Tampa Marriott Water St.

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 06:00 PM

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South Florida Heart Ball

Location: JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 06:00 PM

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Palm Beach County Go Red for Women Luncheon

Location: Pelican Club

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 11:00 AM

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Charlotte County Heart Walk

Location: Laishley Park

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023 - 08:00 AM

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First Coast Heart Walk

Location: Jacksonville Fairgrounds

Date: Friday, September 8, 2023 - 08:00 AM

In Your Community

The American Heart Association is committed to driving equitable health impact in Florida through five key priority areas: women, readiness, tobacco and vaping, patients, and healthy living. Equity is always at the center of our work, and it will continue to guide all that we do.

Through our focus on these key impact areas, and with collaboration among local organizations, sponsors, businesses, and others that serve the community, we are working to improve the health and well-being of Florida citizens while saving and improving countless lives.

Throughout the state of Florida, we’ve seen our community impact work grow, including efforts around creating avenues for greater access to care, expanding healthy food access and education, building a network of first responders through CPR kits in schools, supporting blood pressure screenings and education, and educating on the dangers of tobacco and vaping.

People are counting on us as never before. We at the American Heart Association, along with our supporters, will drive change, and we will be relentless.

Community

For more than 40 years, Advocacy has had a mission-critical role in the American Heart Association's work. 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.

Public policy advocacy is an essential strategy used by the Association to affect necessary and sustainable policy, system and environmental changes that help Florida citizens build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Our efforts in Florida and its communities are focused on the following policy areas: Tobacco and Vaping, Access to Care, Medicaid Expansion, and Hypertension Prevention and Control.

Board Chairperson
Heather Havericak

Broward Health Medical Center / Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital

Board President
Marcus St. John, M.D. FACC, FSCAI

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute Baptist Health South Florida

Leadership Development Chair
Kristen Daniels

HCA Healthcare – East Florida Division

John Stetson
Society Ambassador
John & Tarra Stetson Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Members

Pamela Africk
BestPractices USA, Inc.

Alex Almazan
Almazan Law

April Andrews-Singh RN, ALM, JD
Pediatric Associates

Negar Asdaghi, M.D., MSc, FRCPC
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Carlos Castresana
USI Insurance Services

David Crumley
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Frank Fernandez
Blue Prints 4 Safety

Lawrence Franchetti
One Beat Medical

Jacqueline Guzman
City of Sunrise

Farzanna S. Haffizulla, M.D., FACP FAMWA
Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Francesco Iacona
Schiller Americas Inc.

Andrea Iglesias
Urban Health Partnerships

Dionne Polite
AARP

Jose Romano
Baptist Health South Florida

Dr. Scott Ross
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros
Baptist Health Medical Group

Svetlana B. Shugh, MD, FAAP
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Heart Institute

Caitlin Stella, MPH
Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and Pediatric Services

Valerie Wanza, Ph.D.
Broward County Public Schools

Isis Zambrana
Immediate Past President

Jackson Health System

Greater Miami - Ft. Lauderdale Event Chairs

David Donaldson
Mercy Hospital
2022 Miami-Dade Heart Walk Chair

Alex Espinosa
Cleveland Clinic Florida
2023 Broward Heart Walk Chair

Shane Strum
Broward Health
2023 South Florida Heart Ball Chair

Juliet Murphy Roulhac
Florida Power & Light
2023 South Florida Go Red for Women Chair


Board Chairperson
Elana Schrader, MD
Guidewell/Florida Blue

Board President
Fred Kusumoto, MD

Mayo Clinic of Florida

Members

Ricardo A. Hanel, MD, PhD
Baptist Health System

Douglas M. Baer
Brooks Rehabilitation Center

Mark Bennett
Bank of America

Tom Van Berkel
The Main Street America Group

Christina Clohecy
Newfold Digital

Kara Hill
FIS

Yazan Khatib
First Coast Cardiovascular Institute

Dana Kriznar, PhD
Duval County Public Schools

Mark Lamping
Jacksonville Jaguars

Charu Raheja, PhD
TriageLogic

June Scarlett
White Plains Hospital

Christine “Chris” Smith
Baptist Health System

David M. Szymanski, PhD
UNF MedNexus

Bradley Talbert, FACHE
HCA-Florida Memorial

Russ Thomas
Chief Executive Office
Availity
2023 Jacksonville Heart Walk Chair

Elizabeth Thompson
Intuitive Quest, LLC

Scott Wooten, FACHE
Past Board Chairperson
S Morris Wooten LLC

Jacksonville Event Chairs

Bruce Lowthers
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Paysafe
2023 First Coast Heart Ball

Christina Clohecy
Chief Financial Officer
NewFold Digital
2023 First Coast Go Red for Women


Board Charperson
Jon Reitz

Walgreens

Board President
Linus Wodi, MD

AdventHealth 

Immediate Past Chair
Jayne Willis

University of Central Florida

Immediate Past President
Ankur Garg, MD

Orlando Neurosurgery

Trey Abshier
HCA Healthcare Florida

Gul Dadlani, MD
Nemours Children’s Health

David Dominato
WKMG News 6

Vanessa Garner
CVS

Brad Hillmon 
AdventHealth 
2023 Greater Orlando Heart Walk Chair

Jake Kirchner
HCA Healthcare Florida

Dr. Swathy Kolli
Orlando Health Heart Institute

Giorgina Pinedo-Rolon
GIO Communications

Samuel Stamps
C & S Companies

Maria Vazquez, PhD
Orange County Public Schools

Orlando Event Chairs 

Kimberly Brown
AdventHealth
2023 Orlando Go Red for Women Chair

Dr. Marshall Cress and Dr. Arnaldo Velez
Orlando Health
2023 Orlando Heart Ball Chairs


Board Chairperson
Grasford W. Smith

Akerman LLP

Board President
Fontaine Timmer, DNP

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Immediate Past Board President
Anita Wilborn, MD

Tenet Physician Services

Leadership Development Chair
Roger Duncan, MD

Palms West Hospital

Members

Teresita Casanova, MD
Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches

John A. Domenico
Bank of America – Private Bank

Hilda Gonzalez
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Michele Jacobs
Economic Council of Palm Beach County

Gina Melby
HCA Florida JFK Hospital

Dawn Nichols
NextEra Energy, Inc.

Shana D. Peterson Sheptak
PNC Bank

Erica Whitfield
School District of Palm Beach County

Palm Beach Event Chairs

Laurie Silvers
Hollywood.com and Media Entrepreneur
2023 Palm Beach Heart Ball Chairperson

Ashley Vertuno
HCA Florida JFK North
2023 Palm Beach County Go Red for Women Chairperson

Brian Maciak
TBC Corporation & Big O Tires
2023 Palm Beach County Heart Walk Chairman

Wilhemina Lewis, MD
Florida Community Health Centers, Inc.
Health Equity Council Chairperson


Board Chairperson
PJ Bimonte
Arthrex

Board President
Eric Eason, MD.
Lee Health

Members

Pam Calligaro
Philanthropist

Commander Jamie Cunningham
CCSO

Michelle Fitzgerald
Encompass Health

Jason Grabowski
B&I Contractors

Jon Kling
NCH

Phil Loiacano
Busey Wealth Management

Shadreka McIntosh
Sozo Pharmacy

Ben Siegel
LCPA

Stephanie Wardein
Lee Health

Southwest Florida Event Chairs
Tyler Kitson
Communities, Kitson & Partners
2023 Southwest FL Heart Ball Chair

Rebekah Barney
The Alzada Company
2023 Southwest FL Go Red for Women Co-Chair

Deborah Antoine
2023 Southwest FL Go Red for Women Co-Chair


Board Chairperson
Kye Mitchell

Kforce

Board President
Lucila Ramiro, MD

Community Leader

Leadership Development Chair
Artemis Emslie

Cadence Rx

Health Equity Committee Chair
Dr. Kevin Sneed

University of South Florida

Bruce Bergherm
AdventHealth West Florida

Ravi Chari, MD
HCA West Division

Addison Davis
Hillsborough County Public Schools

Tash Elwyn
Raymond James & Associates

Kimberly Guy
St. Joseph’s Hospital, BayCare Health System

Connor Lewis
Ryan Companies

Guilherme Oliveira, MD
University of South Florida, Tampa General Hospital

Danny Persau
MidFlorida Armored

Debbie Rinde-Hoffman, MD
Tampa General Medical Group

Robert Sanchez, MD
HCA Physician Services Group

Chuck Sykes
Skykes

Jim Thompson, MD
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Trey Traviesa
Fort Brooke Merchant Partners

Tampa Event Chairs

Amanda Stevens
Raymond James Bank
2023 Tampa Go Red for Women Chair

Danny Persaud
MidFlorida Armored & ATM Services
2023 Tampa Heart Ball Chair

Archie Collins
TECO
2023 Tampa Heart Walk Chair


Live Fierce City Champions

We’re calling on everyone everywhere to help us address the continuing threat of heart disease and stroke by helping our communities to Live Fierce! Live Fierce is the American Heart Association’s bold approach to driving equitable health impact in our communities.

Live Fierce

Contact Us

Greater Miami/Fort Lauderdale

4000 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 170N
Hollywood, FL 33021

954-364-5000

Jacksonville (First Coast)

7751 Baymeadows Rd East, Suite 106E/F
Jacksonville, FL 32256

904-903-5205

Orlando

Mail-Only
5224 W State Road 46 #403
Sanford, FL 32771-9230

407-481-6300

Palm Beach

2300 Centrepark W Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

800-257-6941

Southwest Florida

9200 Estero Park Commons Boulevard, Suite. 7
Estero, FL 33928

239-495-4914

Tampa Bay

11207 Blue Heron Boulevard North
St. Petersburg, FL 33716

727-563-8000

Florida Communities (Alachua County, Brevard County, Charlotte County, Marion County, Polk County, Suncoast, Volusia County)

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4708 Papermill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37909

North Florida Communities (Northwest Florida, Okaloosa County, Tallahassee)

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10 Veterans Memorial
Metairie, LA 70005

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