A relentless force for longer, healthier lives in Tennessee


Getting to the Heart of Stroke™ Initiative


This Nashville initiative, supported by HCA Healthcare and the HCA Healthcare Foundation, focuses on preventing, treating and beating stroke. By providing consumer and health care professional education nationwide, we are deepening the collaboration between neurology and cardiology and empowering communities to reduce stroke risks and improve health outcomes.

Creating Sustainable Impact in Knoxville

Wesley House

The Knoxville team worked with Wesley House, a local non-profit serving one of the most historically under-resourced communities in the city, to meet some of the community’s health needs and inspire sustainable heart-healthy interventions for their food pantry. We provided a cold storage unit to increase Wesley House’s distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with connecting them to Cherokee Health Systems’ mobile clinic to provide blood pressure monitoring equipment, educational resources, and training for their staff.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders with Homemade Potato Chips


Tennessee is home to barbecue! Here is a great American, Simple Cooking with Heart dish to make on a game day, a weekend or when you have a little extra time.

Take Damar Hamlin’s #3forHeart™ CPR Challenge ❤️

Join Damar in taking 3 simple steps to support CPR education and training, research and other lifesaving programs. You can help save lives today.

Damar Hamlin

Events in Your Area

Chattanooga Heart Ball

Location: The Chattanoogan Hotel

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023 - 05:30 PM

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Knoxville Heart Ball

Location: Mill & Mine

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023 - 06:00 PM

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Middle Tennessee Heart Gala

Location: Four Seasons Hotel Nashville

Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 06:00 PM

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Mid-South Heart Ball

Location: The Peabody Memphis

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023 - 06:00 PM

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West Tennessee Go Red for Women

Location: Carl Perkins Civic Center

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 06:00 PM

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Middle Tennessee Go Red for Women Luncheon

Location: Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 11:00 AM

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Knoxville Go Red for Women Luncheon

Location: The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 10:30 AM

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Mid-South Heart Walk

Location: FedExForum

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023 - 07:30 AM


In Your Community

The American Heart Association is committed to driving equitable health impact in Tennessee through local initiatives that encourage and support our next generation - like working with local clinics and community partners to check blood pressure, reducing tobacco vaping use, and increasing access to heart healthy food. 

In 2021, we reached more than 850,000 people with our sustainable community changes. We worked with all area health systems on quality care, provided resources and engaged students at school, and funded more than $13 million in research and scholarships. In addition, we raise funds locally through events such as our annual Heart Walks, Go Red for Women Luncheons and Heart Balls in Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Memphis which gives donors and volunteers the opportunity to see, celebrate and be inspired by the stories that fuel our lifesaving mission.

Community Impact

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.

Our efforts in Tennessee and its communities are focused on six major policy areas. These are: Tobacco Free, Health Equity, Quality Systems of Care, Healthy Eating, Active Living, and Access to Care. 

Renee Ford
Elliott Davis

Dr. Alison L. Bailey
Centennial Heart at Parkridge

Gregg T. Gentry
Erlanger Health System

Corinne Henderson
Henderson + Gardner, PLLC

Chris Hopkins
Apogee Wealth Partners

Dr. Shewanee Howard-Baptiste
AHA Leadership Development Chair,
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Dr. Quincy Jenkins
Chattanooga State Community College

Dr. Mary Lambert
City of Chattanooga

Twila Layne

Dr. Chris LeSar
AHA Immediate Past President,

Vascular Institute of Chattanooga

Dr. Harish Manyam
Erlanger Health System

Glenn Morris
AHA Immediate Past Chair,

M&M Industries

D. Channing Muller
DCM Communications

Thomas H. Ozburn
FACHE, Parkridge Health System

Pastor Ernest Reid
Second Missionary Baptist Church

Scott Rowe, PT
Encompass Health

Dr. Brian Wiseman
The University of Tennessee Medical Center

Ken Parent
Pilot Company

Andy Beam
Pinnacle Financial Partners

Tony Benton, Chair-Elect
Tennova Healthcare

Brett Foster
Knox County Schools

Eddie Jett
MBI Companies

Luke Johnson
Covenant Health

Charles F. Lomax, Jr.
City of Knoxville

Dr. Sumeet Sharma, President-Elect
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Cheryl Smith
CPR Choice

Marsha Spence, PhD, MPH, RDN, LDN
The University of Tennessee  

Michael Wiechart


Daniel Munoz, M.D.

Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Center

Leadership Development Chair
Eric Evans

Surgery Partners

Immediate Past Chair
Ken Misch


Incoming President
Herman Williams, M.D.

BDO Consulting

Greg Allen

Scott Cihak
TriStar Centennial Medical Center

Terry Hardesty

Saletta Holloway, Ed. D
Meharry Medical College

Alfred Lumsdaine
Ardent Health

Thomas Nantais
Vanderbilt Adult Ambulatory Operations

Pal Narayanan

Evelio Rodriguez, M.D.
Ascension Saint Thomas Heart

Margaret Rush, M.D.
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Saurabh Sinha

Fahad Tahir
Ascension Saint Thomas

Joseph Webb, D.Sc., FACHE
Nashville Healthcare Center

A. Brian Wilcox, Jr., M.D.
Ascension Saint Thomas

John C. Witt, M.D.
Skyline Neuroscience Associates

Karey L. Witty

Beth Workman
United Derm Partners

Dr. John Jefferies
UT Methodist

Doug McGowen
City of Memphis 

Dr. Andrei Alexandrov

Jenny Bartlett-Prescott
Church Health

Valerie Bearup
Morris Marketing Group

Andy Davis
Turner Construction Company

Dr. Cassandra Howard
Methodist Germantown Hospital

Dr. John Jefferies
UT Methodist

Dr. Asish Joshi
University of Memphis

Paaj Kurapati
University of Memphis

Roxanne McGonigal
Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Doug McGowen
City of Memphis

Angela Moss
First Horizon Bank

Robyn Sharp
International Paper

Jim Sweeney
Path AI Diagnositics

Dr. Michelle Taylor
Shelby Co Health Dept

Manoucheka Thermitus
Regional One Health

Dr. Benjamin “Rush” Waller
UTHSC/Le Bonheur

Brian Yoakum
Evans Petree PC

Marques Young
Edward Jones

Contact Us


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Chattanooga, TN 37403



4708 Papermill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37909



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Memphis, TN 38117



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Nashville, TN 37203


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Heart and Stroke News

Find science-based stories about heart and brain health and inspiring survivor profiles from American Heart Association News.