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2024 Hampton Roads Go Red for Women Co-Chairs Announced
Amber Price, DNP, CNM, MSN, RN, President, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and Alexis Swann, President, TowneBank Peninsula and Williamsburg, will serve.
One in One Hundred
Christina Luntzer was stunned when she learned that one in one hundred babies are born with a heart defect. She never imagined that her own child would bring that statistic to life.
43 hospitals in Virginia Recognized
The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® initiative promotes up-to-date, research-based guidelines to ensure all patients have access to lifesaving care.
Utibe Bassey of Dominion Energy to Chair Richmond Heart Ball
As plans are underway for the 2024 Richmond Heart Ball, Utibe Bassey, Dominion Energy Vice President of Customer Experience, has been named chair of this year’s community-wide campaign. The Heart Ball celebrates progress made through the dedication and passion of all who support the American Heart Association’s Heart of Richmond, a year-round effort aimed at investing in saving and improving lives in Greater Richmond and the Tri-Cities.Learn more about Utibe Bassey
Check it Out: Blood Pressure in Richmond and Petersburg Libraries
Have you heard about the latest addition to the shelves at the library? The American Heart Association is adding blood pressure monitoring stations and loaner devices to libraries across the Greater Richmond and Tri-Cities centered on equity, placing resources in areas with the highest prevalence of hypertension and barriers to care.Learn more about the Libraries
Virginia Beach Resident Named Newest Executive for American Heart Association
Virginia Beach resident Kelly Grose has been named the executive vice president for the Eastern States Region of the American Heart Association, which includes the 13 states from Maine to Virginia and the District of Columbia. For the last four years, Grose has served as the associate executive vice president for the Eastern States Region, involved in all aspects of region management. In her new role as executive vice president, she will oversee the region’s health initiatives, revenue and operations.Meet our new Executive Vice President
Richmond Leaders Join Local Initiative to Drive Equitable Health for All
Where someone lives should not dictate how long they live. Five Richmond leaders are joining the American Heart Association’s Leaders of Impact campaign to combat health inequities in RVA. Studies show a near 20-year life expectancy gap in zip codes across Greater Richmond and the Tri-Cities. For example, in Richmond City’s Gilpin Court, life expectancy is 67 years compared to 85 years in Westover Hills. According to the American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, this can be caused by social determinants of health and other barriers to achieving health equity for all communities — factors that include structural racism and access to quality healthcare.Read more about the Leaders of Impact
Hampton Roads Students Selected Amongst Hundreds to Serve as Youth Heart Ambassadors
Fifteen students from coast to coast are joining the American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, to champion their peers to live heart healthy. Representing a diversity of backgrounds and experiences, these youth selected as national volunteer Youth Heart Ambassadors for the association’s in-school programs, Kids Heart Challenge™ and American Heart Challenge™ will share how heart disease and stroke have impacted their lives while encouraging others to establish healthy habits to better mental and physical well-being.Meet the Students
Walgreens Supports Heart and Brain Health Through the American Heart Association’s Life Is Why Campaign
This June, over 1000 Walgreens locations across West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Washington, DC and South Carolina will provide shoppers the opportunity to donate in a quick and easy way to support the mission of the American Heart Association. The company is doing so in honor of Brooklyn Graves, the first child of Area Healthcare Manager Area 105 at Walgreens, Kristen Graves. Graves has shared her family’s story to raise awareness of congenital heart defects, the need for continued research funding as well as supportive resources the American Heart Association offers.Read more about Brooklyn’s Story
2024 Heart of Hampton Roads Co-Chairs Named
As plans are underway for the 2024 Hampton Roads Heart Ball, Cathie Vick, Chief Development & Public Affairs Officer, The Port of Virginia and Ashford Denman, Vice President of Cardiovascular Services, Sentara Health have been named co-chairs of this year’s community-wide campaign. The Heart Ball celebrates progress made through the dedication and passion of all who support the American Heart Association’s Heart of Hampton Roads, a year-round effort aimed at investing in and saving and improving lives in Hampton Roads.Learn more about the Co-Chairs
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Events in Your Area
Lynchburg Heart Walk
Location: Percival's Island
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024 - 10:00 AMRegister
Richmond Heart Ball
Location: Main Street Station
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 06:00 PMRegister
Hampton Roads Heart Ball
Location: Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Date: Friday, May 17, 2024 - 06:00 PMRegister
In Your Community
The American Heart Association is committed to driving equitable health impact in Virginia through five key priority areas: women, COVID-19, 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 Virginia residents while saving and improving countless lives.
Throughout Virginia, we’ve seen our community impact work grow, including efforts around creating avenues for greater access to care, healthy food access and education, sharing Hands-Only CPR kits with clinicians to improve awareness for families, blood pressure screenings and education, and tobacco and e-cigarette education and prevention.
People are counting on us as never before. The American Heart Association, along with our supporters, will drive change, and will be relentless. Thank you for your continued support.
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 Virginia and its communities are focused on five major policy areas. These are: Tobacco Free, Quality Systems of Care, Healthy Eating, Active Living, and Access to Care.
VP, Economic Equity Small Business Loan Officer
Virginia Community Capital, Inc.
Dr. Chris Snyder
Chief of Pediatric Cardiology
Children's Hospital of Richmond
Dr. Phillip Duncan
Chief Executive Officer
Thomson Consulting, LLC
Chief of Health Impact
VCU Health System
Vice President/General Manager
Dr. Amy Cashwell
Henrico County Public Schools
Regional Manager, Outreach & Compliance
Dr. Anika Hines
Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Policy
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Molina Healthcare of Virginia
Dr. Jennifer Jordan
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering & Pauley Heart Center
VCU Health System
Managing Partner, Richmond Office
Senior Pastor and Chief Dreamer
St. Paul’s Baptist Church
Dr. John Wittman
Dr. Ethlyn McQueen-Gibson
Adjunct Associate Nursing Faculty
Norfolk State University
Dr. Dena Krishnan
Cardiac Rehab and Cardio-Oncology
Leadership Development Chair:
Corporate Vice President Business Operations
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
Vice President of Cardiovascular Services
Dr. Anca Dobrian
Vice-Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Dr. Kia Dunbar-Harris
Vice President, Clinical Care Services
Chesapeake Regional Healthcare
Frankye Myers, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Senior Vice President
Chief Nursing Officer
Riverside Health System
Circle of Red Member
Dr. Olivia Newby
The Healthy Living Center
Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center
American Heart Association
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