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Help us ensure everyone in Ohio has the opportunity to live longer, healthier lives.

Cleveland Ends Targeting


In Cleveland, we are leading the fight against big tobacco’s predatory marketing of flavored products. For decades, the industry has targeted communities of color with menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars developed to mask the harsh taste of tobacco, allowing more frequent use and resulting in higher addiction rates.

Fighting Disparities in Healthcare through HBCU Scholar Program

Dayton HBCU

In an effort to address disparities in healthcare, the American Heart Association, with the support of CareSource, sponsored five undergraduate students through the Scholars Program at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Franklin County Hypertension Network

Franklin County

The Central Ohio American Heart Association, in collaboration with Franklin County Public Health, launched the Franklin County Hypertension Network in 2018. Since then, this collective group of over 30 community-based and health care organizations have worked together to address high blood pressure by providing resources and funding in support of evidence-based strategies to improve blood pressure control across the community.


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

Central Ohio Heart Walk

Location: McFerson Commons Park

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2024 - 09:30 AM


Wayne County Heart Walk

Location: Kinney Fields

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2024 - 05:00 PM


Stark County Heart Walk

Location: Hall of Fame Village, Play Action Plaza

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2024 - 09:15 AM


Greater Dayton Heart Walk

Location: Day Air Ballpark

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


Greater Cleveland Heart Walk

Location: Flats East Bank

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2024 - 10:00 AM


In Your Community

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

Throughout the state of Ohio, 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 Ohio citizens build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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


Board Chair
Kevin Jones
Community Volunteer

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

Leadership Development Chair
Tim Steigerwald
Messer Construction


Costa Andreou, MD
The Christ Hospital Health Network

Gary Blank
St. Elizabeth healthcare 

Steve Berke
Community Volunteer

Mark Carter
Cintas Corporation

Sue Erhart
Great American Insurance Group

Terri Hanlon-Bremer

Beverly A Grant
Community Volunteer

Deborah Hayes
The Christ Hospital Health Network

Michelle Hudgens
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Nadine Kasparian, PhD
Cincinnati Childrens Hospital medical Center 

Colleen Lindholz
Kroger Health

JoAnne Noyes
Noyes Knee Institute

Sam Privitera

Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Creighton Wright, MD
Community Volunteer

Mike Uhl

Midwest Board Members

Delores Hargrove-Young
d.e. Foxx & Associates

John Mongelluzzo
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Board Chair
Rob Durham
HKM Direct Marketing Communications

Board President, Healthy Kids Meals Physician Champion
Janine Arruda, MD, FAAP
University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

Immediate Past Board Chair
Nick Liberatore, MBA
Parker Hannifin, Aerospace Group

Immediate Past Board President
K. Kelly Hancock, DNP, RN, NE-BC, FAAN
Cleveland Clinic

Vice Chair, Ohio Advocacy Coordinating Committee, Honorary Lifetime Member
Fred DeGrandis, JD
NorthCoast Healthcare LLC

Leadership Development Co-Chair
Lee Ann Howard
Howard & O'Brien Associates

Leadership Development Co-Chair
Giving Societies Ambassador

Thomas Hablitzel
The Sherwin-Williams Company

Young Professionals Board Chair
Cory Cottrill

Midwest Region Board Liaison, Healthy Kids Meals, Physician Champion
Bradley Marino, MD, MPP, MSCE, MBA
Cleveland Clinic Children's

Anti-Tobacco Physician Champion
Charles Modlin, MD, MBA
The MetroHealth System

National Marketing Communications Committee
Sam Prewitt
Radio One

Executive Director
Valerie Hillow Gates


Lindsay Domingo

Lorraine Dodero
The Sam J. Frankino Foundation & The Corinne L. Dodero Foundation for Arts & Sciences

Jim Farley
The J.P. Farley Corporation

Thomas Ferkovic, RPM, MS
Medic Management Group

Neal Grode

Jeremy Halford
GrafTech International

Domonic Hopson, MPH, FACHE
Neighborhood Family Practice

Carrie Jankowski, MBA
Allen Hospital, Mercy Health

Claude Jones, DO
Care Alliance Health Center

Meera Kondapaneni, MD, FACC, FSCAI
The MetroHealth System

Michael Loeffler
Delta Dental of Ohio

Frances Mills, ABD, MA
Cleveland Department of Public Health

Phyllis Nsiah-Kumi, MD, MPH
US Military Entrance Processing Command

Theresa Polachek, APR
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Monique Robinson, MD, PHD, FACC, FHFSA
University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute

Mouris Saghir, PhD
Quest Diagnostics

Beth Sak
The Sherwin-Williams Company

Rob Schimmelpfennig
HAVE, Inc.

Mehdi Shishehbor, DO, MPH, PhD
University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute

Anthony Siracusa

George Sullivan
Equity Trust Company

Greg Teed

Midwest Board Members

Bradley Marino, MD, MPP, MSCE, MBA
Cleveland Clinic Children's

Cathy O’Malley Kearney, JD

Board Chair
Devray Kirkland
Cardinal Health

Board President
Laura Gravelin, MD, FHRS
Mount Carmel Heart & Vascular Specialists

Joshua J. Joseph, MD, MPH, FAHA, ASCI
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Leadership Development Chair
Angelo Mazzocco


Jenny Barnes
Quantum Health

Donald Beckman
Fifth Third Commercial Bank

Chris Boynton

Rob Cercek
OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital

Lamont Clay, MD
OhioHealth Pickerington Methodist Hospital

Mark Conselyea
The Ohio State University

Ursula Cottone
Huntington Bank

Vidu Garg, MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Peter George, MD, MBA

Catherine Krawczeski, MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Linda Lynch
Greif Inc.

Joe Mazzola
Franklin County Public Health

Nahush Mokadam, MD
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

Michael J Moran
Mount Carmel Health System

Tim Schiffer
Grange Insurance

Frank Willson

Midwest Board President
William (B.J.) Hicks II, MD
OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital

Board Chair
Matthew Wendel
Shook Construction

Board President
Derek Mayberry
Premier Health


Carrie Baker

Kim Freeman, MPH, MCHES
Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County

Bryan Greene
Champlin Architecture

Maleka James
Dayton Children's Hospital

Katy Jacomet

Jessica Jones
Universal One Credit Union

Alina Joseph
Kettering Health

Capt. Sarah Marshall
City of Dayton Fire Department 

Kimberly Rex, MHA
Wright State Physicians

John Theobald
Day-Air Credit Union


Dr. Harvey Hahn
Kettering Health

Michelle Lovely
The Dayton Foundation

Lawrence Prochaska, PhD
Wright State University (retired)

Dr. Vijai Tivakaran
Kettering Health

Board Chair
Sandra Reid
The Davey Tree Expert Company

Board President
Dr. David Custodio
Summa Health System

Brian Adams
UH Portage Medical Center

Past Board Chair
Christopher Richardson
CHC Addiction

Past Board President
Dr. Justin Dunn
Summa Health


Andre Campbell
United Way Summit County

Dr. Christina Dacsenzo, PharmD, RPh
Family Drug & Village Pharmacies

Beka Eisenbarth
H-P Products

Gregory Ensley
Farmers Bank

Dr. Ellen Glickman
Kent State University

Amador Gonzalez
Hasenstab Architects

Zach Goodson
Dominion Energy Ohio

Dr. Anjan Gupta
University Hospitals Portage County

Jim Hewitt
GPD Group

Jim LaRocca
Westfield Bank

Dr. Nicolette Powe
Youngstown State University

Tamiyka Rose
City of Akron

Joseph Salman
First National Bank

Lorrie Shaffer
Huntington Bank

Marlene Toot
Community Volunteer


Cynthia Annen

Rachel Barber

David Blasko

Barb Frustaci
Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital

Dr. Jeff Hallam
Kent State University

Dr. Nancy Landgraff
Youngstown State University

Buffy Phillips
Community Volunteer

Carol Risaliti
Beacon Pharmacy

Jody Victor

Jody Wolf
Community Volunteer

Board Chair
Vincent DiPofi
SSOE Group

Board President
Dr. Syed Zaidi
ProMedica Vascular Neurology

Chair Elect
Emma Helvey
Mosser Group

Shawnterra Glasgow, DHSc, MPH, M. Ed.
Health Partners of Western Ohio


Gregory Braylock

Dr. Brian Dolsey

Shawnterra Glasglow
Health Partners of Western Ohio

Stu Goldberg
Eastman & Smith

Emma Helvey
Mosser Construction

Shannon Jones
Lucas County Health Dept

Peggy Lucio
Encompass Health

Nick Malone
Owens Corning

David Manley
Toledo Public Schools

Scott Osborn

Juli Seiwert
William Vaughan Company

Jennifer Weddington
Sigma Technologies

Rhonda Young
First Solar

Contact Us

Cincinnati, Ohio

By Appointment Only:
9820 Kenwood Rd, Ste. 104
Blue Ash, OH 45242

Phone: (513) 699-4220

Cleveland, Ohio

By Appointment Only:
1375 E. 9th Street, Suite 600
Cleveland, OH 44114

Phone: (216) 791-7500

Columbus, Ohio

By Appointment Only:
1650 Lake Shore Dr, Suite 350
Columbus, OH 43204

Phone: (614) 848-6676

Dayton, Ohio

By Appointment Only:
1313 W. Dorothy Lane
Kettering, OH 45409

Phone: (937) 401-4860

Northeast Ohio

By Appointment Only:
1575 Corporate Woods Parkway, Suite 150
Uniontown, OH 44685

Phone: (330) 396-5800

Toledo, Ohio

Mail Only:
1650 Lake Shore Dr, Suite 350
Columbus, OH 43204

(419) 740-6015

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