Join the Urban Health Accelerator – Historically Black College (HCBU) Legacy Kick Off Session!

The Empowered To Serve Summit and Urban Health Accelerator expands the work of American Heart Association in local communities as we seek to address social issues impacting the ability of individuals to attain the healthiest life possible. Thanks to the Barbara Houston Urban Health Accelerator HBCU Legacy Grants, made possible through the support of Mr. John Houston, III, the American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate will pilot a new accelerator designed to engage HBCUs, offering: Access to web-based training, coaching, and mentoring from AHA staff and volunteers. Invitation to attend the February 28, 2019 Leadership Summit for enhanced coaching, more resources, and [...]

Tony Foreman of Foreman Wolf named as the American Heart Association’s 2019 Heart Ball Chair

Congenital Heart Defects (CHD), problems with the heart’s structure that are present at birth, are the most common birth defects in the United States and the number one cause of infant deaths. Nearly 40,000 babies are born each year with a CHD. In 1965, Baltimore’s Tony Foreman was 1 in 100 babies born with a CHD and is one of the nearly 2 million adults living with CHD today in the United States. This is one reason Foreman is taking the lead as chair of the 34th annual Baltimore Heart Ball. "I was born in 1965 with a variety of [...]

Baltimore turns stroke awareness into street art

Even though stroke is the number 2 killer worldwide, 80% of strokes are preventable by knowing the warning signs and getting immediate help.  As more and more people are learning the warning signs, we are seeing and increase in survival rates.  As the third leading cause of death in Baltimore, our local American Heart Association - Baltimore team developed a unique awareness campaign to educate the community.  Through art education in an urban alley where all graffiti and street art are welcomed, survivors, healthcare providers, and the community were invited to paint, draw and create graffiti art to share the [...]

Mid-Atlantic’s Little Hats, Big Hearts

Volunteers around the country are helping raise awareness of of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country by knitting and crocheting little red hats to be given out through the American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts. The Mid-Atlantic Affiliate is proud to be continuing the program in 2019.  For more information about the program in your state see the contact below: Maryland - Faye Brooks, faye.brooks@heart.org Washington, D.C. - Shannon Klosterman, shannon.klosterman@heart.org Virginia - Audry Dubon, audry.dubon@heart.org North Carolina - Kacie Kennedy, kacie.kennedy@heart.org Upstate South [...]

A legacy that is saving lives in Baltimore, MD

There are discrepancies between black and white neighborhoods in responses to cardiac arrest. People who live in predominantly black communities are less likely to get CPR or defibrillation from a bystander, and that means African-Americans have a worse survival rate when it comes to cardiac arrest. The American Heart Association estimates that more than 80 percent of the 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests that happen each year happen at home. And African-Americans are twice as likely to experience cardiac arrest in the house, compared to their white counterparts, and are twice as likely to die from it. The American Heart [...]

Target: BP Highlighted Resources

We are excited to begin highlighting resources for improving clinical care around blood pressure and cholesterol from around our networks each month.  Continue to check back for more updates and the latest news.   Action Needed: Submit Comments by 11/7 We must show the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that the medical community supports ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) for the diagnosis of hypertension by leaving a comment today. The AHA and AMA asked CMS to provide Medicare coverage ABPM for the purposes of hypertension diagnosis.  Last week, CMS officially agreed to consider our request and has opened [...]

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