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A relentless force for longer, healthier lives in our community.


Monitoring Your Blood Pressure


The American Heart Association is encouraging Georgians to monitor their blood pressure regularly and know their numbers and what they mean.

Addressing Nutrition Security

Addressing Nutrition

Poor nutrition can lead to poor health. Nearly 1 in 8 Georgians, with more than 13% of those living in Metro Atlanta, are nutrition insecure.

Apples with Almond-Apricot Sauce

Apples with Almond-=Apricot Sauce

Enjoy the warmer weather with this sweet treat! This savory blend of spring fruits is perfect for a snack or dessert.

Medical Breakthrough Match!

Make your gift now to DOUBLE your impact to support unfunded research that could lead to the  next lifesaving breakthrough against heart disease, and support prevention education and more.

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Events in Your Area

Greater Atlanta Heart Walk

Location: Atlantic Station

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023 - 08:00 AM


Greater Atlanta Hard Hats with Heart

Location: Pour Taproom

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2023 - 04:00 PM


In Your Community

The American Heart Association is committed to driving equitable health impact in Georgia through five key priority areas: women, COVID-19, 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 Georgia citizens while saving and improving countless lives.

Throughout the state of Georgia, 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.

Georgians are counting on us as never before. The American Heart Association, along with our supporters, will drive change, and will be relentless. Thank you for your continued support.

Community Impact

For over 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 Georgia citizens build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Our efforts in Georgia and its communities are focused on six major policy areas which include: Tobacco Free, Access to Care, and Health Equity and CPR.


Board Chair
Phillip Coule, M.D.
Augusta University

Board President
Jose Cardenas, M.D.
Aiken Regional Medical Center

Leadership Development Chair
Jay Murray


Vishal Arora, M.D.
Augusta University

Shankar Balan
Palmetto Industries International, Inc.

Brenda Brown
Patterson-Brown & Associates

Jim Clifford
North Augusta City Administration

Malinda Cobb
Richmond County School District

Yabin Dong, M.D.
Augusta University

Jennifer Hart
Aiken County Public School District

Penny Jackson
Columbia County School District

Debbie Layman
Layman Farms

Shauntia Lewis
City of Augusta

Stuart MacVean
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

Donna Martin
Burke County Public School District

Pamela Moore

Matthew Merrifield
Aiken Regional Medical Center

Dean Seehusen, M.D.
Augusta University

Beth Reese
Southern Company

Scott Webb
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Marcus Brown, M.D.
Northside Heart


Jeff Bearden
Forsyth County Schools

Stephanie Blank
Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students

Jeff Buzzelli
Comcast Business

Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.
TWD, Inc.

Kathleen Eidbo
Genuine Parts Company

Divya Gupta
Emory Healthcare

Veronica Maldonado-Torres'
VMT Consulting

DeRetta Rhodes
Atlanta Braves

2023 Event Chairs

Atlanta Go Red for Women

Keisha Olinger

Atlanta Heart Ball

DeRetta Rhodes
Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Heart Walk

Robert Bunch
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia

Atlanta Hard Hats with Heart

Justin Kanitz
Burns & McDonnell

Rita Treadwell
Greenberg Traurig, LLP


Elaine Archie-Booker
Morehouse School of Medicine

Leslie Becker
32nd Street Media, LLC

Gregory Bolden
National African American Tobacco Prevention Network

Shanti Das
Silence the Shame, Inc.

Latresh Davenport
Georgia Department of Human Services

Angelica Geter, DrPH, MPH
Black Women's Health Imperative

Gina Lundberg
Emory’s Heart & Vascular Center

Laurie Reid
Atlanta Black Nurses Association

Heather Mills
NCR Corporation

Will Sellers
Wholesome Wave Georgia

Shirley Anne Smith
Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation

Rachel Sprecher
Atlanta Public Schools

The American Heart Association is committed to driving equitable health impact in Georgia through five key priority areas: women, COVID-19, 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, we can improve the health and well-being of metro Atlanta, while saving and improving countless lives. Here is an overview of our impact for 2021-2022:

Be a Supporter with Heart

Join the American Heart Association as a volunteer! Our volunteers are our biggest advocates that educate our community, power our local events, and raise critical funds that save lives.

Whether you are looking to volunteer as an individual or as a company/organization, whatever your capabilities are, we can find a volunteer opportunity that’s right for you.

Looking for ways to engage your employees in compelling and impactful volunteer experiences? Our corporate volunteer activities are designed to drive equitable health impact in our communities and support the mission and priorities of the American Heart Association to improve nutrition security, Hands-Only CPR usage, blood pressure awareness and mental well-being.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering and serving your community through the American Heart Association. Volunteers are our most valuable asset and are critical to our mission to save lives from heart disease and stroke.

Learn more about local volunteer opportunities by emailing [email protected].

Contact Us


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(803) 341-9592

Greater Georgia (Athens, Central Georgia, Columbus and Hall County) 

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(800) 257-6941

Metro Atlanta

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Atlanta, GA 30328

(678) 224-2000

Southern Coast

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Bluffton, SC 29910

(843) 480-4906

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Heart and Stroke News

Find science-based stories about heart and brain health and inspiring survivor profiles from American Heart Association News.