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North Carolina

More North Carolinians can get healthcare beginning December 1


For almost a decade, the American Heart Association has tirelessly championed accessible health care for all North Carolinians. On March 27, 2023, the North Carolina Legislature made history by approving Medicaid expansion, marking a remarkable bipartisan milestone. This monumental decision will extend affordable health care to hundreds of thousands. Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, praised this crucial step and urged other states to follow suit. Starting December 1, 2023, NC Medicaid will transform the lives of over 600,000 residents, making it the most significant health care investment in decades.

Healthy For Life Training Community Cooking Demo

Healthy For Life Training Adds Spice to Community Cooking Demo

AHA recently hosted a Healthy for Life Train-the-Trainer session with community organizations excited to provide nutrition education to their networks. Healthy for Life is an evidence-based community nutrition and well-being program that empowers people to make healthy food, nutrition and lifestyle choices.

NC resident shares her heart story on a national stage

Stephanie Bowden

Stephanie Bowden, a North Carolina resident, is a part of the American Heart Association’s National 2024 Class of Real Women Survivors. From being diagnosed at 11 with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy to losing her mother to heart disease in 2022 to living her life as a survivor with her husband and hoping to start a family of her own, Stephanie dedicates her journey to helping others know that there is hope for people fighting heart disease, even when they are impacted at a young age.

Annual STEM Goes Red Event held in Raleigh

Annual STEM Goes Red

The American Heart Association hosted its annual STEM Goes Red event in Raleigh recently to bring careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life for young women. Over 100 local middle school girls participated in engaging breakout sessions and connected with inspiring professionals to learn about jobs across STEM fields.

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To celebrate our 100-year anniversary, we have a gift for you! Join our FREE, exclusive program to get an email each week for the next 100 days providing you with valuable health tips on eating better, moving more, and improving overall wellbeing.

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Events in Your Area

Greenville NC Heart Ball

Location: Greenville Convention Center

Date: Friday, March 8, 2024 - 06:00 PM


Triangle Heart Ball

Location: Raleigh Convention Center

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2024 - 06:00 PM

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Greater Charlotte Go Red for Women Luncheon Experience

Location: Hilton Charlotte Uptown

Date: Friday, April 12, 2024 - 10:30 AM


Triad Heart Ball

Location: Legacy Stables and Events

Date: Friday, April 26, 2024 - 06:30 PM


Triangle Go Red for Women Evening in Red

Location: Raleigh Convention Center

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024 - 06:00 PM


In Your Community

The American Heart Association is committed to driving equitable health impact in North Carolina 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 North Carolina citizens while saving and improving countless lives.

Throughout the state of North Carolina, 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.

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.

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

Health Care

Simple Cooking with Heart

Classes in the Triad

The American Heart Association is focusing on nutrition security and nutrition education throughout the Triad. Thanks to Healthy Blue, the Simple Cooking with Heart curriculum is teaching families in our community how to cook and eat healthy on a shoestring budget. Courtesy of The Earl & Kathryn Congdon Family Foundation, the American Heart Association's Simple Cooking with Heart program is working with community-based programs in High Point to provide healthy cooking classes and connect families with food and cooking supplies. Triad community-based programs may request to host a Simple Cooking with Heart series of healthy cooking classes. To learn how you can cook healthy for your family, register to attend a series of free healthy cooking classes.

Please complete this interest form to register for a complimentary Simple Cooking with Heart series of classes or to request to host a series of healthy cooking classes.

For more ideas for healthy recipes you can try at home, visit

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Are you doing your part to keep the Queen City healthy? Healthy Charlotte, a popular coalition of leaders and organizations dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our city, is back in action and we need your help! Learn about the “refresh” of this important initiative and how you can get involved in improving your health and the health of your friends, family and workforce.

Gary Michel

Community Volunteer

Sherry Saxonhouse, M.D.

Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, Atrium Health

Leadership Development Chair
Stacy Gray

Weisiger Group

Board Members

Sandy Charles, MD
Novant Health

Denise Coleman
Norsan Media

Le Roy Davis

Mike Desmond
Grant Thornton

Erika Duncan
Bank of America

Jamie Ergle
Cushman & Wakefield 

Shaina Hall

Lynn Hansen
Crowder Constructors

Ty Jeffers
SPX Flow

David Legrand
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Chuck Munn
Harris Teeter

Nancy McNelis

Amy Roberts

Jerry A. Saunders, M.D., Ph.D
Amity Medical Group

Dan Soto
Ally Financial

Raynard Washington, Ph.D.
Mecklenburg County

Angela Yochem

2022 – 2023 Campaign Chairs

Greater Charlotte Heart Challenge
Dan Soto

Ally Financial

Brian Weisker
Natural Gas Business Unit Duke Energy

Heart Of Charlotte / Heart Ball
Melany Arjona & Vicente Reynal

Ingersoll Rand

Go Red For Women
Kimberly Moore-Wright


Janice Dupre
Lowe’s Corporation, Inc.


Vern Hawkins

Syngenta North America Crop Protection

Cynthia Williams Brown, Ph.D.

Winston-Salem State University

Leadership Development Chair
David Daggett

Daggett Shuler, Attorneys at Law

Board Members

Suzie Burrow
Allegacy Federal Credit Union

Alison Ashe-Card
Duke University School of Law 

Debra Diz, Ph.D.
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist,
Hypertension & Vascular Research

Ruth Fisher
Cone Health System 

Sandy & Lafayette Jones
SMSi Urban Call Marketing,
SMSi Healthy Living Solutions, Inc.

Brad Roehrenbeck

Sherita Eastmon Sutton, MPH, MSW, CHESM.D., MPH
Forsyth County Department of Public Health

Iulia Vann, M.D., MPH
Guilford County

P. Kevin Williamson
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Linda Wilson, Ph.D.
Guilford County School District

2023 – 2024 Campaign Chairs

Heart of the Triad / Triad Heart Ball:
Dr. James Hoekstra

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
High Point Medical Center

Triad Go Red For Women Co-Chair
Mousumi M. Andersen, M.D

Novant Health

Triad Go Red For Women Co-Chair
Ashley M. Perrott, M.D.

Novant Health

Triad Heart Walk Co-Chair
Rob Braiman

Cogent Analytics

Triad Heart Walk Co-Chair
Dr. Goldie Byrd, Ph.D.
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Tiffany Gholston

Gholston Consulting Group LLC

Immediate Past Chairperson
Terri L. Phillips, M.D.

Merz Aesthetics

Christopher Kelly, M.D, MS, FACC.

North Carolina Heart & Vascular

Leadership Development Chairperson
Kristen Soler

Advance Auto Parts

Board Members

Peter Benton
Worldwide Clinical Trials

Jason Christie
Triangle Business Journal

Buzz Crosby
Martin Marietta

Wayne Feng, M.D., FAHA
Duke Health

Corrine Greco
Community Volunteer

Deana Labriola
Fox Rothschild, LLP

Bob Myer

Neha Pagidipati, M.D., MPH
Duke Heart/Duke Clinical Research Institute

Jeff Pfeifer

Anuradha Rao-Patel, M.D.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Trevor Upham, M.D.
WakeMed Heart & Vascular

2023-2024 Campaign Chairpersons

2024 Triangle Go Red for Women Chairperson
Joy Clark​

Worldwide Clinical Trials​

2024 Triangle Heart Challenge Chairperson
Mark Morelli ​


2023 Triangle Heart Walk Chairperson
Christine Vannais​

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