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2024 Hampton Roads Go Red for Women Co-Chairs Announced

HR GRFW Co-Chairs

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.

Join 100 Ways In 100 Days

To celebrate our 100-year anniversary, we have a gift for you! Join our FREE, exclusive program to get an email each week for the next 100 days providing you with valuable health tips on eating better, moving more, and improving overall wellbeing.

Make 2024 your best year yet! Join now.

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Events in Your Area

Richmond Heart Ball

Location: Main Street Station

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 06:00 PM


Hampton Roads Heart Ball

Location: Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Date: Friday, May 17, 2024 - 06:00 PM


Danville Heart Walk

Location: Anglers Park

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2024 - 10:00 AM


Roanoke Heart Walk

Location: River's Edge Park South

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2024 - 10:00 AM


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.


Chandra Hurst
VP, Economic Equity Small Business Loan Officer
Virginia Community Capital, Inc.

Dr. Chris Snyder
Chief of Pediatric Cardiology
Children's Hospital of Richmond

Gary Wallace
Managing Partner

Dr. Phillip Duncan
VCU Health

Zack Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Partner MD

Gary Thomson
Managing Partner
Thomson Consulting, LLC

Rod Powell 
Encore Insured

Sheryl Garland
Chief of Health Impact
VCU Health System

Jim Bailey
Williams Mullen

Sweeny Bansal
Vice President/General Manager

Dr. Amy Cashwell
Henrico County Public Schools

Xiomara Encarnacion
Regional Manager, Outreach & Compliance
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Dr. Anika Hines
Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Policy
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Darrin Johnson
Plan President
Molina Healthcare of Virginia

Dr. Jennifer Jordan
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering & Pauley Heart Center
VCU Health System

Brooks Smith
Managing Partner, Richmond Office
Troutman Pepper

Lance Watson
Senior Pastor and Chief Dreamer
St. Paul’s Baptist Church

Vivian White
Encompass Health

Dr. John Wittman
HCA Virginia

Dr. Ethlyn McQueen-Gibson
Adjunct Associate Nursing Faculty
Norfolk State University

Dr. Dena Krishnan

Cardiac Rehab and Cardio-Oncology
Bon Secours

Leadership Development Chair:
Nick Thomas
Corporate Vice President Business Operations
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Ashford Denman
Vice President of Cardiovascular Services
Sentara Health

Dr. Anca Dobrian
Vice-Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Dr. Kia Dunbar-Harris
Vice President, Clinical Care Services
Sentara Health

Reese Jackson
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
Executive Director
The Healthy Living Center

Aaron Thompson
Executive Director
Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center

Contact Us

American Heart Association

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4217 Park Place Ct.
Glen Allen, VA 23060

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Heart and Stroke News

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