The WSA Exchange

For healthy hearts and minds

The WSA Exchange

Welcome to the The WSA Exchange, for healthy hearts and minds. Kathy Rogers, American Heart Association Western States Affiliate Executive Vice President will share stories from across the affiliate.

UC San Diego research looks at Latina risk factors

In March, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Research Network named the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), as one of five research centers that will make up part of the American Heart Association’s Strategically Focused Research Network. The group will be dedicated to preventing, treating and beating heart disease and stroke in women. UCSD’s study focuses on the relationship between sedentary behavior and cardiovascular risk factors for Latina women, who face a disproportionately high risk of heart disease.

blog AllisonUCSD’s Strategically Focused Women’s Cardiovascular Health Research Center Director and head of the study, Matthew Allison, M.D., MPH, (pictured left) spoke about the innovation of this project, “One of the things we are trying to do with the study is to see what is driving increased sedentary behavior in Mexican American women that has not been studied to this point. The focus of the clinical science project is to learn if an intervention to reduce sitting time is effective and determine if can get women to change their behavior. Hopefully we’ll learn whether the changes, if they do occur, are associated with beneficial cardiovascular risk factors like reductions in blood pressure, changes is blood glucose to reduce risk for diabetes.“blog Casteneda

If they are successful in linking increased activity to lowering the cardiovascular disease risks, they are also interested determining which activities are the most popular and have the lowest drop-out rate so that they can recommend to a larger Latina audience.

Sheila Casteneda, Ph.D., (pictured right) one of the project’s principal investigators is especially interested in this branch of the study: “It is always my goal in research to find things that we can change that are cost effective and in real-time – things that are actually winnable and doable for women and that can actually positively influence their lives.”

By |June 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sidewalk CPR — Los Angeles style!

blog LA CPRIn celebration of CPR week the Los Angeles office trained passers-by in Hands Only CPR. Yohana Nava, Administrative Coordinator for Business Operations, organized the event. Kathy Cecchin, Rob Fowler, Alisha Castro, Monika Wiggins, and Amber Moyers assisted volunteers Trisha Bodaghi, Nour and Yousef Hassan to give on-the-spot training to 33 people during lunch on Thursday, June 2. Everyone that stopped for training received a CPR Stayin’ Alive “bling” necklace and a sticker to celebrate and advertise their new skill. Great teamwork LA!



By |June 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2015-2016 Western States Affiliate Award Winners

I am excited to announce the winners of the Western States Affiliate Awards for 2015-2016. After going through all of the nominations, I can share that the winners were selected from a field of outstanding candidates. It was so hard to just select a few! The awards were presented last week at the Board Reception and Awards dinner.

Affiliate Premier Awards: highest awards given by the Affiliate to recognize outstanding achievement by a corporate partner and to honor individuals for their outstanding achievement and most distinguished commitment to the mission of the American Heart Association during the year and over time.

Health Strategies Awards: for outstanding achievement in the different fields promoting or positioning the outreach of the American Heart Association and its efforts to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke.


Congratulations to all the winners!

By |June 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Celebrating Pride in Los Angeles

LA pride

The recent tragedy in Orlando makes this post even more meaningful to the Western States Affiliate. Over the weekend, the American Heart Association participated for the first time in the Los Angeles Pride Festival held in the City of West Hollywood.

Ticker joined the festivities and took pictures with festival goers as we distributed educational materials. Our participation is a result of a growing partnership with the City of West Hollywood and part of our efforts to reach LA’s LGBT community with our lifesaving message.

My sincere condolences to the victims and families impacted by the shooting in Orlando.


By |June 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments