Did you know 30% of Houstonians have high blood pressure?
Do you know where you stand?
In America, 116.4 million adults have high blood pressure - and too many have no idea. Left undiagnosed, the condition can lead to heart attack or stroke. Help stop the “Silent Killer” by getting checked and making a generous gift to help a loved one in need.
Montgomery County Happenings
February is National Heart Month. Be sure to #WearRedAndGive on Friday, February 5th! Learn more about how you can get involved at the link below.
Meet Our New SVP and Executive Director
The AHA is proud to announce the new SVP and Executive Director of the Greater Houston Division, Mel Edwards. With more than two decades of experience in nonprofits, Edwards is looking forward to working alongside her new team to advance the mission and its continued efforts toward transforming communities with boots on the ground programs and a focus on issue-based fundraising.
Stu Brightman, Chairman of the Board
Brightman is the retired President and CEO of TETRA Technologies and will serve a two-year term as Chairman of the Board alongside incoming Board President, Jim Parisi, President, CHI St. Luke's The Woodlands, Lakeside, and Springwoods Village Hospitals. Their terms coincide with the penultimate year of the Association's 100th Birthday and the 2024 Impact Goal(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window) to advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.
Montgomery County Heart Ball Honoree: Christin Allphin
Christin Allphin took up the torch as Montgomery County Board Chair in 2019 and continues to serve on the board of directors as Immediate Past Chair. She has leveraged her extensive network in support of the American Heart Association's community impact work in Montgomery County and beyond, while building relationships with community partners like Meals on Wheels. Allphin's big heart and even bigger impact make her the perfect honoree for the 2022 Montgomery County Heart Ball.
"He is literally our pride and joy"
Kayla and Carl Griffin were ecstatic when their seemingly perfectly healthy baby boy was born near Dallas on June 4, 2016. But not even 24 hours later, they knew something was wrong with Carl Thomas. After rounds of observations with several doctors, CT was finally diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a defect in which the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped.
Join the fight to end heart disease and stroke by attending a Montgomery County event!
Social determinants of health (SDOH) such as food insecurity, are inextricably linked to disease risk and health. In Houston, about 678,000 residents live within a food desert. Zip code is a better predictor of health than one’s genetic code. In Harris County, the range of life expectancy is 23.4 years. Some neighborhoods have better access to parks, secure family and social support, access to fresh fruits and vegetables - all of which offer the opportunity for good health. And yet we have a solution. We recently secured a $1M gift toward community impact strategies in Houston's most vulnerable communities. This generous gift supports the full mission of the AHA as we build healthier foodscapes. Our vision includes farmers’ markets, mobile markets, SNAP benefit engagement, clinical protocols for prescribing fruits and vegetables through Food Rx, nutrition education for hypertension, faith-based engagement, and much more.
Heart disease and stroke are the #1 and #5 killers of all Americans and will cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. Join women from 150 cities across the country taking a stand for women’s health. Help us lead the way for the next generation of Go Red for Women ambassadors and empower more women to take charge of their health. Your Houston Go Red leaders are searching for nominees who have a passion for the work of the American Heart Association and our mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. A Woman of Impact possesses a large personal and/or professional network and is eager to engage their networks in supporting the mission and work of the AHA. Women of Impact are an integral part of the Houston Go Red for Women movement and will be celebrated for their overall impact throughout the 8-week campaign. All nominees will partner with AHA staff to set a fundraising goal,
The American Heart Association is working with researchers, medical experts, community leaders, businesses, families and more to reduce the impact of the coronavirus. If you need current, science-based information about the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re here available to help via live chat or call our Customer Service at 1-800-242-8721.
Tobacco and Vaping
We have launched a bold, triple-threat strategy to combat the e-cigarette use epidemic with research, advocacy, and youth activation. In the Greater Houston area, the AHA is tackling this epidemic head-on by working with schools to hold community dialogues and equip students to take a stand.
Ready to quit vaping? Text HEART to 88709 to get free advice, tip, and inspiration for quitting.
Advocate. Invest. Volunteer.
Saving lives starts with YOU. We will only beat heart disease and stroke if we work together. Through public policy advocacy, we can affect necessary and sustainable policy, system, and environmental change. Monetary gifts fund innovation research for more effective treatments.
We also depend on the time and talent of volunteers to help us create a healthier world, free of heart disease and stroke.