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‘We are incredibly grateful’: A Wichita child’s story of survival

Molly Tittsworth

A Wichita family is paying it forward by sharing their daughter, Molly’s story of survival after being born with a complex congenital heart defect.

Interest in CPR Soars


After Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin received life-saving CPR on the football field, many have pledged to learn CPR.

Second opinion helped Kansas City nurse practitioner

Ashley Breaux

As a nurse practitioner who is passionate about helping patients make better lifestyle choices, Ashley Breaux admits she may be a bit more anxious about her own health than most people. So when her chest started to hurt two years ago, Breaux – then 34 – was mystified and concerned.

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

Kansas City Heart Walk

Location: Kansas City Power & Light District

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2023 - 08:00 AM


In Your Community

The American Heart Association is committed to driving equitable health impact in Kansas through five key priority areas: women, COVID-19, tobacco and vaping, patients and healthy living. Equity is 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 all Kansans while saving and improving lives.


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 Kansans build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Our efforts in Kansas communities are focused on ensuring access to health care coverage through Medicaid Expansion, protecting comprehensive insurance and equitable enforcement of tobacco retail licensure.


Board Chair
Shawn Jiwanlal
Simmons Bank

Board President
Vallerie Gleason, MBA, RN
Newton Medical Center

Leadership Development Chair
Alex Melugin, MBA
Phoenix Home Care & Hospice

Midwest Regional Board Chair
Pat Gearhart
Simmons Bank


Laura Barnes

Nicole Castleberry
Wesley Health Care

Don D. Gribble
Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P.

Clayton Kaiser
Foulston Siefkin L.L.P.

Brian Pate, MD
KU School of Medicine- Wichita

Christopher Rea
Foundation Properties

Debbie Reilly, BSN, RN
Kansas Heart Hospital

Board Chair
Tom O’Grady

Board President
Heath Wilt, MD


Dave Barber
JE Dunn Construction

Scott Hall
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Steven Kaster, MD
Chen Med

Keri Mathew
Central Bank of the Midwest

Rhea Pimentel, MD
University of Kansas Health System

Marvin Szneler
community member

Mindy Brissey
MRB Strategies, LLC

Tim Castaneda
Amazon Web Services

Carla Duryee
C. Duryee Consulting

Dipika Aggarwal, MD
University of Kansas Medical Center

Anezi Uzendu, MD
Saint Luke’s Health System, Mid-America Heart Institute

Matt Sogard
HCA Midwest Health - Overland Park Regional Medical Center

Contact Us


8918 W 21st N #248
Wichita, KS 67205

Phone: 316-768-3830

Media Requests: (501) 690-2382

Kansas City

5800 Foxridge Drive #108,
Mission, KS 66202

Phone: (316) 768-3830

Media Requests: (515) 250-8392

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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.