A relentless force for longer, healthier lives in North Carolina.
Keeping the beat with blood pressure stations at Hickory libraries
Patrons of the Hickory Public Libraries can check out more than just books these days. Through a collaboration between the City of Hickory, a community sponsor, the American Heart Association established blood pressure monitoring stations at Ridgeview and Patrick Beaver Memorial Library branches. Patrons of the libraries can check-out the blood pressure cuffs, educational resources and have access to clinical referrals should they need them.
Health equity grant ensures targeted research funding in Chapel Hill & Greensboro
The American Heart Association is funding a $2.3 million grant at North Carolina A&T University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to help improve pregnancy outcomes in Black women, reducing a critical health disparity.
Lifesaving equipment and training to local church in the Triangle
The American Heart Association (AHA) in the Triangle area continues to provide Hands-only CPR and AED training to community organizations. The congregation at Wakefield Missionary Baptist Church, led by Reverend Israel Stacker, recently learned the lifesaving skill and added an AED to the campus as a result of an AHA mini-grant the church received. With the funds, the church purchased CPR kits and an outdoor AED. The next step in their work is to implement a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan.
Providing Healthy Food Access to Wingate Community
Wingate University, the town of Wingate and N.C. Cooperative Extension with seed funding from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and support from the American Heart Association (AHA) made it possible for a new pop-up market that accepts SNAP and the University dining plan to provide healthy food access for students and residents and support local farmers in Union County. The opening day celebrations included fresh salads created from AHA recipes.Farmer’s Market offers produce with a side of education
American Heart Association's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Scholars from NC attend Scientific Sessions in Chicago
Six students from North Carolina A&T University, Winston-Salem State University and North Carolina Central University have been selected to participate in the American Heart Association's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Scholars Program. As part of the program, they were able to attend Scientific Session in Chicago with professionals, scientists and physicians from around the world.For more information on the program visit
Featured Recipe – Pork Chops with Balsamic Peach Glaze
Do you love pork chops? This Simple Cooking with Heart American/Southern recipe is a fantastic meal that gives a hefty boost to your veggie and fruit intake for the day.Try Pork Chops with Balsamic Peach Glaze
Events in Your Area
Triad Go Red for Women Luncheon
Location: High Point Country Club
Date: Friday, February 3, 2023 - 11:30 AMLearn More
Greater Charlotte Heart Ball
Location: NASCAR Hall of Fame Crown Ballroom, Charlotte
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023 - 06:00 PMLearn More
Catawba Valley Heart Ball
Location: The Crossing at Hollar Mill
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023 - 06:00 PMLearn More
Triad Red Dress Tea
Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Greensboro Airport
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2023 - 02:00 PMLearn More
Triangle Heart Ball
Location: Raleigh Convention Center
Date: Friday, March 3, 2023 - 06:00 PMLearn More
Iredell Heart Ball
Location: Statesville Civic Center
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 06:00 PMLearn More
Triad Heart Ball
Location: Legacy Stables & Events
Date: Friday, April 21, 2023 - 06:30 PMLearn More
Charlotte Go Red for Women Luncheon
Location: Hilton Charlotte Uptown
Date: Friday, May 12, 2023 - 10:30 AMLearn More
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.
Trusted Spaces, Healthy Babies is a multi-agency collaborative in Guilford County focused on maternal health and cardiovascular health for reducing infant mortality, and early childhood development prenatally to age three for increasing school readiness and life success. Infant mortality is the death of an infant before his or her first birthday. Eighty percent of brain growth occurs in children in the first three years of life.
The American Heart Association, Every Baby Guilford, March of Dimes, and The Guilford Basics with Ready for School Ready for Life are proud co-recipients of a grant from The Cemala Foundation focused on cardiovascular health and maternal health to reduce infant mortality in Guilford County. Trusted Spaces, Healthy Babies is being implemented in up to 13 barbershops and beauty salons with health messages for new and expecting moms and dads to be delivered through trusted voices of barbers and stylists. Mothers will also be able to access health and parenting resources, including blood pressure monitors, scales, book nooks, and more.
Trusted Spaces, Healthy Babies aims to address the drivers of infant mortality while empowering mothers of Color in trusted community spaces. Programs such as Trusted Spaces, Healthy Babies supports mothers and fathers, and contributes to raising healthy, smart babies.
Participating Trusted Spaces, Healthy Babies barbershops & beauty salons:
- Hot Seat Studio Salon (Lead Barber)
- United Barbershop (Lead Barber)
- Glenwood Barr-ber Shop (Lead Barber)
- Shear Eminence Hair Salon
- Personal Treasures Salon and Beauty Supply
- Simple Designs Hair Studio
- Urban Renaissance By Prestige
- Legacy Stylez Barbershop
- Simply Blessed Barber and Beauty
- Cali Styles Barber and Nail Studio
- Glam Looks Beauty Bar
- Tight Cut Barber & Salon
The Triad Mobile Kitchen is traveling across the region to tackle nutrition insecurity, courtesy of Blue Cross NC. Over 10,000 families in under-resourced communities are learning healthy cooking skills and discovering local resources every year.
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.
Communities know their needs and often have ideas and solutions to improve the health of their community. The American Heart Association, with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, is working with and funding community leaders to implement their ideas through mini grants to promote heart health in the Triangle (Wake, Durham, and Orange counties), Triad (Guilford and Forsyth counties), and Charlotte (Mecklenburg, Gaston, and Union counties). Community partners are eligible for mini-grants ranging from $2,500 - $10,000 to support heart healthy policies and environments. Community members, including individuals, churches, senior centers, community health centers, housing authority, historically black colleges and universities, community colleges, city and county government, hospitals, employers, and others are welcome to apply.
Sidney Fletcher, M.D.
Leadership Development Chair
Summit Leadership Partners
Sherry Saxonhouse, M.D.
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute,
Niki Curci Scott
Le Roy Davis
Cushman & Wakefield
Sanjeev Gulati, M.D.
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute,
Karla Jones, M.A., Ed.D.
Queens University of Charlotte
Jerry A. Saunders, M.D., Ph.D
Amity Medical Group
Niki Curci Scott
Raynard Washington, Ph.D.
2022 – 2023 Campaign Chairs
Greater Charlotte Heart Challenge
Natural Gas Business Unit Duke Energy
Heart Of Charlotte / Heart Ball
Kim & Leon Topalian
Greater Charlotte Go Red For Women
Lowe’s Corporation, Inc.
Syngenta North America Crop Protection
Cynthia Brown, M.D.
Winston-Salem State University
Sheryl Booth, RT, (R) MHA
Cone Health System
Debra Diz, M.D.
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist,
Hypertension & Vascular Research
Retired, Century Products
Sandy & Lafayette Jones
SMSI Urban Call Marketing,
SMSI Healthy Living Solutions, Inc.
Fayetteville State University
Forsyth County Government
Iulia Vann, M.D., MPH
2022 – 2023 Campaign Chairs
Heart of the Triad / Triad Heart Ball:
Novant Health Rehabilitation Hospital,
An Affiliate Of Encompass Health
Triad Go Red For Women
Go-Forth Pest Control
Terri L. Phillips, M.D.
Manesh Patel, M.D.
Leadership Development Chair
Advance Auto Parts
Worldwide Clinical Trials
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Triangle Business Journal
UNC Health Care
Gholston Consulting Group LLC
Christopher Granger, M.D.
Duke University Medical Center
Christopher Kelly, M.D.
North Carolina Heart & Vascular
Fox Rothschild, LLP
C. Lynn Mason
Broadstep Behavioral Health
Wake County Public Schools
Skanska USA Building
Anuradha Rao-Patel, M.D.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Of North Carolina
Trevor Upham, M.D.
WakeMed Heart & Vascular
2022-2023 Campaign Chairs
2022 Triangle Heart Challenge Chair
Richard P. Shannon, M.D.
2022 Triangle Hard Hats With Heart Chair
Brasfield & Gorrie, Llc
2023 Triangle Heart Ball Chairs
President & Coo Attain Partners
2023 Triangle Hard Hats With Heart Chair
2023 Triangle Go Red For Women Chairs
2023 Triangle Heart Challenge Chair
Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies