Monthly Archives: November 2014


Thank You!

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I would like to say thank you. The talent of the volunteers and staff who support this affiliate is remarkable. I am honored to be a part of this 10-state team. There are countless families who will give a silent word of thanks as they sit down at the table this weekend [...]

Boot Camp pays off in many ways

Thanks to great collaboration by our dynamic Quality and Systems Improvement team, Stroke Coordinator Boot Camp was a huge success in San Francisco last week. Some 158 medical professionals enlisted representing all 10 of our Western States. John Maa, M.D., Chair, University of California, Office of the President Tobacco Related Disease Research Program, inspired attendees with his opening remarks and [...]

Be #unselfie, Join #GivingTuesday

After thanks have been given, the turkey has settled and your family has returned home – retail madness will commence. Overzealous campers are lining up out front of their favorite retail stores and soon enough Black Friday will be here. For those who prefer to avoid crowded malls, Cyber Monday, an online shopping phenomenon, has you covered. Just a few [...]

California tobacco tax – smoke rising in the distance

When California’s Prop 29 failed in 2012, we knew we’d be back for another battle at some point. Volunteers, staff and other health advocates were back at it again today – with great resolve. In conjunction with the Great American Smokeout, they gathered at the Capitol in Sacramento to announce a renewed push for a $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes. Dr. Diane [...]

Sun and golf – in November?

Parts of the affiliate may well be digging out of the snow – but thanks to the diverse geography of our ten states, there is sun and golf this time of year, too. In fact, the weather was perfect and attendance nearly doubled attendance over last year at Saving Strokes in Orange County, CA, this week. There were 24 survivors, [...]

Leadership and Sessions!

Greetings from chilly Chicago, IL, where the Western States Affiliate Board of Directors held its fall meeting in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions. It was an eventful meeting where we had the privilege of recognizing top Heart Walk leaders of our longtime supporter (over 30 years!) Union Bank. Not only does the bank support our work through [...]

Why I give.

Our annual Employee Giving Campaign is underway. We each have our own reasons for giving. Are you inspired by the courage of a loved one battling heart disease or recovering from a stroke? Are you hoping to improve the health of your community? Why do you give? Beyond the campaign’s financial goal and our hope for 100 percent participation – [...]

Oregon steps up… For Every Kid

Last week in Portland, OR, community advocates from across the metro region were joined by Milwaukie Mayor Jeremy Ferguson, public health leaders, and parents as they announced a new effort to improve the health and safety for kids in the tri-county area. Metro-area kids who most need opportunities for physical activity often don’t have the necessary safe infrastructure—sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike [...]

Monterey County launches Community Health Worker program

In Salinas, CA, a new program is underway to increase access to health and wellness in the Latino Community. Through the developing health leaders in the community (often called promotores), more people will learn health-healthy living skills. The American Heart Association developed an interactive Community Health Worker program in 2010 in order to cultivate and empower volunteers. In May 2014, [...]

Phoenix Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon

More than 100 women attended the Phoenix Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon in preparation of the 55th Annual Phoenix Heart Ball. The event, scheduled for November 22, enjoys an exceptional reputation. Mrs. Barry Goldwater chaired the first Heart Ball in 1959 and it has since become the longest-running and most prestigious annual charitable activity in the Valley of the Sun. Over the [...]