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Legacy Leaders pay if forward

Paying it forward… Our Legacy Leader program pairs students working toward a degree in the healthcare field with an AHA program that they can facilitate as a volunteer leader. University of Hawaii nursing students recently conducted an eight-week program on AHA heart health topics at the Honolulu Community Action Program preschool. The team worked to teach the preschoolers about eating [...]

Guest Blogger Kristyn King: Listen to your body

Kristyn King is a wife, mother and heart transplant recipient living in Southern California. She is also an American Heart Association volunteer, helping whenever she can to educate and empower women to take control of their health. Every heart survivor has a story to tell. Mine has a lesson along with it… In August 19, 2014, I had two massive [...]

By |April 13th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|5 Comments

Saving Strokes on par in Tucson

Great work out of our Tucson Division with over 40 golfers, volunteers and staff coming together for therapy, sunshine and fun. Saving Strokes is our popular rehabilitation through golf program, and has become a favorite among Tucson volunteers. Golf is a wonderful alternative therapy for stroke survivors. Local sponsors HealthSouth Rehab Hospital and HealthSouth Rehab Institute were thrilled with participant feedback and results – and are [...]

Guest blogger Kathy Young: #HeartsWithPride reflects diversity and inclusion

Kathy Young (pictured on the left, below) is the Western States Affiliate Vice President of our Sun Coast Youth Market team. She is also the President of the American Heart Association's "Hearts With Pride" LGBTQ employee resource group. Kathy recounts her recent experience representing the American Heart Association at a Phoenix Pride event. Bringing together many voices is key to our [...]

Guest Blogger: Gloria Gallardo — improving care for all

Gloria Gallardo is a California State University, Fullerton student. While working on a National Association of Hispanic Nurses program to reduce childhood and adolescent obesity, she met representatives from the American Heart Association. She soon became an intern and an integral part of the Association’s Legacy Leaders program. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as an intern for the American Heart [...]

Special Guest Blogger: Dr. Lucas Restrepo

Guest Blogger, Lucas Restrepo, MD, is the Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is also a co-inventor of several cooling devices for neuroprotection and helped develop a blood test for Alzheimer’s Disease. He is also passionate about heart disease and stroke prevention and decreasing the health disparities gap, and is a [...]

By |March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volunteer family receives special recognition

Valentines day may have come and gone -- but this sweet story is too good not to share! The San Diego Gulls professional hockey team took advantage of the red-themed day to celebrate the American Heart Association, Go Red For Women and super volunteer and survivor Kenzi Jankowski. Kenzi and her brother Tanner were featured in the pre-game “drop the puck” ceremony, [...]

Montana STEMI Conference and Resuscitation Academy

Mission:Lifeline Montana partnered with Cardiac Ready Communities to host the third Annual Montana STEMI Conference and Resuscitation Academy. Over the course of two days, more than 330 health care providers came together to learn the latest guidelines and science and share best practices on providing the best care for acute heart attack and cardiac arrest patients. Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney [...]

Advocacy Victory in the Silicon Valley

Another great triumph for our Silicon Valley Division and Advocacy Teams! The region recently received a “Bicycle/Pedestrian” policy goal win with the passage of Measure B in Santa Clara County, California. Over the next 30 years, Measure B will generate an estimated $6.3 billion through a sales tax increase. It will allocate funds to extend the BART commuter train, provide support [...]

Hawaii works FAST on stroke!

The Hawaii Division collaborated with the Hawaii Department of Health and The Queen’s Medical Center to design, print and place F-A-S-T stroke awareness signs on public buses on the island of Oahu (which includes the major city of Honolulu). The duration of pro-bono placement of signs on buses is usually limited to one month per year. The owner of the company [...]