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Southern New England Heart Walk Chair Appointed

Southern New England Heart Walk Chair

Senior Vice President and Chief Wealth Client Services Officer of Washington Trust, Kim McCarthy joins mission to save lives from heart disease and stroke.

Hard Hats with Heart Shines Light on Construction Industry

Hard Hats with Heart

We're teaming up with Southern New England construction companies to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke, which disproportionately affect those working in the construction sector.

Sun Dried Tomato and Kale Frittata

Sun Dried Tomato and Kale Frittata

Whip up this tasty frittata for breakfast or brunch. Plus, the leftovers can be stored for packed lunches or easy weeknight dinners. Delicious, nutritious, and convenient – score!

Help Others Survive Heart Disease & Stroke

You’re invited to be part of the next big breakthrough. Thanks to the power of supporters like you in our first 100 years, we’ve changed the way the world thinks about heart disease and stroke with advancements like the pacemaker and artificial heart valve. Donate now to get 2X MATCHED and help discover the next breakthrough in a new century of lifesaving.
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Events in Your Area

Southern New England Hard Hats with Heart

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel - Warwick

Date: Monday, September 9, 2024 - 08:00 AM


Southern New England Heart Ball

Location: Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick

Date: Friday, September 20, 2024 - 06:00 PM


In Your Community

The American Heart Association is committed to driving equitable health impact across Rhode Island through key priority areas including improving blood pressure, tobacco/vaping cessation, nutrition security, health equity and women’s health. Equity is always at the center of our work because we believe that everybody deserves the same opportunity for a long, healthy life.

Through our focus on these key impact areas, along with collaboration from local organizations, sponsors, businesses, and community leaders, we are working to improve the health and well-being of all Rhode Island residents while saving and improving countless lives around the world.

Our impact continues to grow, including efforts to create avenues for greater access to quality care, healthy food access, CPR education, blood pressure management and education, and efforts to stop the use of tobacco.

People are counting on us as never before. The American Heart Association, and our supporters, will drive change as a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Follow the Eastern States blog to learn more about the community impact efforts throughout our communities.

For more information on how you can get involved in our community impact work, email [email protected].


We all have the power to make a difference.

By advocating for public policies that build healthier communities, we can all make a difference in people's lives. See how, alongside our volunteers and partners, we've been opening doors to equitable health for more than 40 years.

Our efforts across Rhode Island emphasize an equity-first, community-based approach to foster heart healthy environments focused on addressing social determinants of health. Examples of our impactful advocacy campaigns include restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products, ensuring T-CPR funding for 911 call takers, making kids’ meals at restaurants healthier, expanding Medicaid post-partum coverage, ensuring water is more accessible in schools, and much more.

Each day, we work together to advocate for heart-healthy and stroke-smart communities through legislative and regulatory policies in our cities, states and across the country, and we hope you’ll join us.

To get involved in our local policy work in Rhode Island, email [email protected].

Rhode Island

Join the American Heart Association as a volunteer! Our volunteers power our local events, educate our community, raise critical funds that save lives and are our biggest advocates.

Are you looking for ways to engage your employees in compelling and impactful volunteer experiences! Our corporate volunteer activities are designed to drive equitable health impact in our communities and support the mission and priorities of the AHA to improve mental well-being nutrition security, rates of Hands-Only CPR use and blood pressure awareness.

Learn more about local volunteer opportunities by emailing [email protected].

For sponsorship opportunities, email [email protected].

Board Chair:
Captain John H. Potvin, BS, NRP, EMS-I/C

Director, Division of Emergency Medical Services
East Providence Fire Department

Board President:
Ruth Dapaah-Afriyie, Pharm.D., MBA, BCACP, IHcL, C.D.O.E., CV.D.O.E.

Manager of Clinical Ambulatory Pharmacy Services

Leadership Development Chair:
Amy Walsh

Executive Director, Commercial Banking
JP Morgan Chase

Edward McGookin, MD, MHCDS, FAAP

Coastal Medical

Ronald J. Arigo
Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources
AAA Northeast

Reverend K. Percy Ballah
Providence Impact Center

Charles Beale, MD
Interventional Cardiologist
Hawthorn Medical Associates

Peter Cummings, Ed.D
Narraganset Public Schools

Tara DeMoura
Senior Vice President, Employer Segment
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Lisa Ruth Domagalski, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Southern New England Healthcare for Women

Deanna Fidler
Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer, People, Strategy and Technology
FM Global

Kelly D. Holder, Ph.D
Chief Wellness Officer
Brown University

Ben Lichtenfels, MD
Primary Care Physician

Jessica J. McCarthy
Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations
Care New England

Kyle J McInnis Sc.D
Senior Advisor to the President for Strategy and Planning,
Inaugural Dean for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Providence College

Vani Rajasagi
Client Executive
NTT Data - Health Plan and Life Sciences

Sam Slade
Managing Director
Hilb Group

Amy C. Vitale, Esq.
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer
The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company

Contact Us

For Mail Only

American Heart Association
1 State Street, Suite 200
Providence, RI 02908

Executive Director: Michelle Clark

Phone: (401) 228-2320

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Heart and Stroke News

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