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Now Accepting Applications for 2024 Scholarships

Stem Scholarships

Applications for the 2024 STEM Goes Red Scholarship are now being accepted! The STEM Goes Red scholarship program was created in 2021 in honor of the late Carol Barr, who lost her life in 2020 due to complications from mitral valve prolapse, to help bridge the gap between Eastern Kentucky students' interests in pursuing careers in STEM fields and achieving their dreams.

Kids Heart Challenge Ambassador Announced

Alexis KHC

After collapsing at school at the age of 13, Alexis was diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome and received an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator and pacemaker. She has since become involved as a volunteer with the American Heart Association and recently accepted the role of Kentucky Youth Ambassador for the Kids and American Heart Challenge!

Protecting Youth from the Dangers of Nicotine

Youth Nicotine

Nearly 25% of Kentucky youth who use nicotine admit to purchasing vape pens and other products in stores. A law like Tobacco 21, which prohibits retailers from selling nicotine products to anyone under 21, is only as good as its enforcement – and Kentucky is one of only ten remaining states that doesn’t have a comprehensive Tobacco 21 Enforcement Program.

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You’re invited to be part of the next big breakthrough. Thanks to the power of supporters like you in our first 100 years, we’ve changed the way the world thinks about heart disease and stroke with advancements like the pacemaker and artificial heart valve. Donate now to get 4X MATCHED and help discover the next breakthrough in a new century of lifesaving.
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The American Heart Association is committed to driving equitable health impact in Kentucky 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 Kentucky citizens while saving and improving countless lives.

Throughout the state of Kentucky, 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. Thank you for your continued support.


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 Kentucky citizens build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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

Board President
Clint Kaho 
Baptist Health La Grange

Board Chair
John Walsh
UofL Health - Jewish Hospital

Leadership Development Chair
Joe Fuller
LifePoint Health


Nathan Bellinger

Thomas Carver

Ruth Devore
Delta Dental of Kentucky

Dr. Toni Ganzel
University of Louisville

Dr. Sandra Guerra

Krista Hensel
UnitedHealth Group

Anne Marie Holas-Dryps
Norton Heart and Vascular Institute

Rob Jay
Scion Health

Dr. Swannie Jett
Park DuValle Community Health Center Inc.

Tonya Johnson
Fifth Third Bank

Dr. Bradley Keller
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute

Dan Oliver
Dan-O’s Seasoning

Dr. Chirag Patel
WellCare, Centene of Kentucky

Jason Radford
Oldham County Schools

Tonii Rizzo

Tom Stephens
Kentucky Association of Health Plans

Jaamil Wade
Johnson & Johnson

Dr. Derek Weyhrauch
Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute – Kentucky

Board President
Susan Carmical
Appalachian Regional Healthcare

Board Chair
Karen Harbin
Commonwealth Credit Union


Kelly Ball Broadbent
Stoll Keenan Ogden PLLC

Justin Campbell
UK HealthCare

Lesley Catron
Central Bank

John Cioci

Janet Craig
Stites & Harbison

Josie Curtis
RJ Corman

Artie Ford
Whitaker Bank

Dr. Jacqueline Frazer

Tom Gerrald

G.D. Hieronymus
Community Volunteer

Dr. Anthony Houston
CHI Saint Joseph Health

Timothy Johnson
United Way of the Bluegrass

Dr. Rick McClure
UK HealthCare

Carol Russell
Community Volunteer

Dr. Callie Rzasa
UK HealthCare

Kim Thuringer

Chief Jason Wells
Lexington Fire Department

Cliff Wilson
Georgetown Community Hospital

Cecelia Yeary
Baptist Health Lexington

Board President
Evie Alessandrini, MD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Board Chair
Kevin C. Jones
Community Volunteer

Leadership Development Chair
Tim Steigerwald
Messer Construction


Costa Andreou, MD
The Christ Hospital Health Network

Gary Blank
St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Mark A. Caesar
Truist Financial

Mark Carter
Cintas Corporation

Sue Erhart
Great American Insurance Company

Terri Hanlon-Bremer

Deborah Hayes
The Christ Hospital Health Network

Joseph Hricovsky
Huntington Bank

Michelle E. Hudgens
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Nadine Kasparian, PhD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Colleen Lindholz
Kroger Health

Deepthi Mosali, MD
St. Elizabeth Healthcare

JoAnne Noyes

Noyes Knee Institute 
Sam Privitera

Sam Privitera

Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Creighton Wright, MD
Community Volunteer

Midwest Board Members

Steve Berke

DP Suresh, MD

Contact Us

Kentuckiana Office

By Appointment Only:
240 Whittington Parkway
Louisville, KY 40222

Phone: (502) 587-8641

Central and Eastern Kentucky Office

By Appointment Only:
354 Waller Avenue, Suite 110
Lexington, KY 40504

Phone: (859) 317-6880

Greater Cincinnati Office

By Appointment Only:
9825 Kenwood Road, Ste. 104
Blue Ash, OH 45242

Phone: (513) 699-4240

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Heart and Stroke News

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