The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization devoted to a world of healthier lives for all, announced the 2022 Blair Woman of Impact nominees.
Younger generations of women, Gen Z and Millennials, are less likely to be aware that cardiovascular disease is their greatest health threat. That’s why it’s important for all women to take charge of their heart health and encourage others to do the same. Each year, a select group of individuals are nominated by their peers to become a Woman of Impact because of their passion and drive to increase awareness and make a difference both in their community, and for the Go Red for Women movement. This year the nominees are:
- Kelly Campagna, RN, business development director, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona
- Taci Geller, community liaison, Grane Hospice
- Kerry Gority, real estate agent, John Hill Real Estate
- Angela Guyer, BSN, RN, stroke program unit director and stroke coordinator, UPMC Altoona
- Amy Kowalski, MSN, RN, CSN, DNP-S, instructor in nursing, Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, Penn State Altoona
- Chelsi Tedeschi, owner, Blair School of Martial Arts
Beginning on National Wear Red Day, Feb. 4, 2022, these six women will lead an 8-week initiative to transform the health of women in Blair County. The nominees will recruit champions from their networks to form an impact team and together have a direct impact on women’s health and the Go Red for Women movement. Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s signature movement to encouraged heart health awareness and harnesses the energy, passion and power of women to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease.
During each week of the initiative, nominees participate in a variety of activities designed to drive mission impact and create a culture of health and health equity, locally. Nominees will help raise awareness of the no. 1 killer of women – cardiovascular disease, engage women in research, train community members in CPR, organize local events and more.
In addition to performing impact activities, nominees and their impact teams will set a goal and work together to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Each activity and dollar raised gains the nominee ‘impact points’.
On World Health Day, April 7, 2022, the nominee whose team makes the largest impact and had the highest number of impact points will be named the Blair Woman of Impact award winner. The winner and all of the nominees will be recognized for their efforts during the 2022 Blair Go Red for Women event set for Thursday, May 26 at the Blair County Convention Center.
“These women are already inspiring leaders in their community and we are grateful that they are choosing to use their influence to motivate others in the community to take action to improve their health and raise funds to improve the health of women everywhere,” said Tommi Burchfield, strategic partnership manager at Personal Care Medical Associates and chair of the 2022 Blair Go Red for Women campaign. “As part of the inaugural Women of Impact class last year that raised over $37,000, I’m really looking forward to see what this year’s group of nominees can achieve and how many women they can influence through the lifesaving Go Red for Women movement.”
Cardiovascular disease claims more women’s lives each year in the U.S. than all forms of cancer combined. While the majority of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease continues to be a woman’s greatest health threat, taking the life of one in every three women.