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North Carolina Medicaid expansion bill signed into law


March 27, 2023, marked an historic day for North Carolina as the Legislature ended a nearly decade-long push for Medicaid expansion. It is also an example of a remarkable bipartisan effort in the Tar Heel state that will ensure hundreds of thousands of residents will now be able to have affordable and adequate healthcare.

As Governor Cooper signed the legislation, organizations across the state celebrated this monumental policy as a game-changer for the health of North Carolinians. The American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, is committed to ensuring health care is adequate, accessible, and affordable for everyone living in the United States.

“North Carolina has made the historic decision to expand Medicaid coverage and ensure more families impacted by heart disease, stroke and other serious health conditions have access to health care,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive of the American Heart Association. “Forty states and the District of Columbia have now prioritized the health of their residents by expanding Medicaid, and we continue to urge the remaining states to follow suit so more people can access needed care to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease.”

Virtual Conversation on Youth Vaping Epidemic

Youth Vaping Epidemic

American Heart Association hosted hundreds to hear from featured panelists from across the country on April 27, for a virtual discussion about the youth vaping epidemic. Medical professionals, representatives from Parents Against Vaping & E-cigarettes (PAVE), and school system leaders discussed environmental and other health factors influencing this public health crisis.

Recreation Center in High Point Gets Cooking with Heart

Recreation Center

Participants from the Ahoy Walking group at Morehead Recreation Center in High Point are wrapping up their six-week healthy cooking curriculum with the American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart program. Made possible by The Earl and Kathryn Congdon Family Foundation, these free classes taking place throughout High Point are teaching families how to cook and eat healthier, while also providing free meals for four after each class.

Urban Ministries of Wake County promotes health and wellness


Nearly 50% of American adults have high blood pressure, and many don’t even know they have it. To lower hypertension rates among individuals in their community, Urban Ministries of Wake County utilized support from the American Heart Association of the Triangle to purchase 100 blood pressure devices and educate patients on how to monitor blood pressure at home.

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Events in Your Area

Greater Charlotte Heart Walk

Location: First Ward Park

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023 - 07:30 AM


Twin Counties Heart Walk

Location: Courthouse Square

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023 - 09:00 AM


Triad Heart Walk

Location: Triad Park - Kernersville

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2023 - 10:00 AM


Triangle Heart Walk

Location: PNC Arena

Date: Sunday, October 8, 2023 - 11:00 AM


Greenville NC Heart Walk

Location: East Carolina University Student Center

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023 - 09:00 AM


Cape Fear Heart Walk

Location: University of North Carolina Wilmington

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023 - 09:00 AM


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.

Neal Blinde

Capital One

Sidney Fletcher, M.D.

Novant Health

Leadership Development Chair
Nancy Mcnelis

Summit Leadership Partners

Gary Michel

Community Volunteer

Sherry Saxonhouse, M.D.

Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute,
Atrium Health

Board Members

Le Roy Davis

Mike Desmond
Grant Thornton

Jamie Ergle
Cushman & Wakefield

Stacy Gray

Sanjeev Gulati, M.D.
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute,
Atrium Health

Shaina Hall

Karla Jones, M.A., Ed.D.
Queens University of Charlotte

Chuck Munn
Harris Teeter

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

Niki Curci Scott
Community Volunteer

Raynard Washington, Ph.D.
Mecklenburg County

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
Kim & Leon Topalian


Greater Charlotte Go Red For Women
Sheila Jordan


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

Mariane Carna
Novant Health

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

Ruth Fisher
Cone Health System

Valerie Grimm
CVS Health

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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