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Local North Carolinians head to nation’s capital to advocate for stronger chain of survival

American Heart Association advocates from across the country were in Washington, D.C. May 22nd and 23rd to ask Congress to support legislation that would improve the chain of survival in elementary and secondary schools. The advocates, including cardiac arrest survivors, families who have lost a loved one and health care providers, are part of the American Heart Association’s national grassroots network,

During their meetings on Capitol Hill, fellow advocates for NC shared their personal stories and urge elected officials to swiftly pass the Cardiomyopathy Health Education, Awareness, Research and Training in the Schools Act or HEARTS Act (H.R. 6829) and the Access to AEDs Act (S. 1024), the former of which was approved unanimously by the House Energy and Commerce Committee in March.

The group emphasized the need for comprehensive legislation, such as the HEARTS Act and Access to AEDs Act, to support CPR and AED training in K-12 schools, enable the purchase of AEDs for use in schools, foster new and existing community partnerships to promote the importance of defibrillation in schools and create cardiac emergency response plans, which can help reduce death from cardiac arrest in school settings.

Cardiovascular Emergency Response Plans

Cardiovascular Emergency Response Plans

The Greater Charlotte Community Impact Team has been busy engaging regional school systems and companies with resources to build Cardiovascular Emergency Response Plans. Irini McCarthy represented the AHA at the Iredell SHAC (School Health Advisory Committee) and shared our focus on building a Nation of Lifesavers. With input from the AHA, Iredell School System recently completed a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP) for five school district buildings, as well as tailored a plan for each of the 40 schools.

Bringing nutrition & change to High Point

Bringing nutrition & change to High Point

The American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart program, made possible by The Earl & Kathryn Congdon Family Foundation, completed eight different six-class series of healthy cooking classes at five different locations in food insecure areas of High Point. One hundred and nine participants graduated from classes, receiving skills, tools and healthy meals to share with their families. High Point youth also received 4000 servings of fruits and vegetables in collaboration with Simple Cooking with Heart, the Power of Produce program and High Point Mobile Library.

Driving health equity in the workforce

Driving health equity in the workforce

Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, the American Heart Association recently hosted the inaugural Triangle Health Equity in the Workforce Leadership Summit. The Summit is part of an initiative, in collaboration with Deloitte Health Equity Institute and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Foundation, to leverage the expertise of business leaders and the latest research to advance health equity in the workforce.


In the past 100 years, the American Heart Association and its community of supporters have accomplished an astonishing amount in the fight against heart disease and stroke. However, our journey is far from over. As we enter our second century of work together, we’re more dedicated than ever to finding and funding the next big scientific breakthrough in cardiovascular research.
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Events in Your Area

Triangle Heart Walk

Location: PNC Arena

Date: Sunday, September 8, 2024 - 12:00 AM


Greater Charlotte Heart Walk

Location: Romare Bearden Park

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2024 - 07:30 AM


Twin Counties Heart Walk

Location: Tarboro Courthouse Square

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2024 - 10:00 AM


Triad Heart Walk

Location: Triad Park - Kernersville

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2024 - 10:00 AM


Greenville NC Heart Walk

Location: East Carolina University

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2024 - 10:00 AM


Cape Fear Heart Walk

Location: University of North Carolina Wilmington

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2024 - 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

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The American Heart Association's Hair, Heart & Health program is expanding to barbershops and beauty salons in Caswell County.

For the past three years, this program has collaborated with salons and barbershops throughout the Triad, making health conversations in the barber’s chair even more possible. At participating salons and shops, staff have been trained, blood pressure checks are being encouraged, and stylists and barbers are engaging their clients with accurate, heart health information to help reduce risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

According to the American Heart Association, over half of Black adults have high blood pressure, with high blood pressure developing earlier in Black Americans and often being more severe. Black Americans also have a higher prevalence of stroke and the highest death rate from stroke. Increased prevalence of high blood pressure, increased overweight and obesity rates, and increased prevalence of diabetes, makes the focus of this awareness, education and preventative program so vital.

“Barbershops are pillars in the neighborhood and imperative to the education of our people. We encourage our neighbors to come in, sit and talk about everything related to having a healthy family,” shared Derek Brooks, Owner of Gentleman’s Grooming Lounge in Winston-Salem.

“For the past few years, I have been focused on living a more health conscious lifestyle for myself and my family. I am intentional about my heart-healthy lifestyle and share any helpful information I can to bring forth awareness. I converse with so many clients from different walks of life, but the one thing we all have in common is the desire to live a long, heart-healthy life. If any of my knowledge and experiences can help the next person, I'm ready to share it,” said Jermaine Foster, Owner of Supreme Legacy Barbershop in Winston-Salem.

For barbershops and salons in Caswell County that are interested in participating in the Hair, Heart & Health program, contact: Jennifer Graziano, Senior Community Impact Director at [email protected].

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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.


Brad Roehrenbeck

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Past Chairman
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
Piedmont Federal Bank

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.

Stephen Powell, M.D.
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
Forsyth County Emergency Services

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

Iulia Vann, M.D., MPH
Guilford County

P. Kevin Williamson

2024 - 2025 Campaign Chairs

Heart of the Triad / Triad Heart Ball Chair
Matthew Belford, M.D.

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Triad Heart Challenge Chair
Preston Hammock

Cone Health

Triad Executives with Heart Chair
Robert Braiman

Cogent Analytics

Triad Go Red for Women Chair
Sowmya Lakshminarayanan, M.D.

Novant Health

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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