• Community Unity in Action: Keepin’ it Real Healthy
      The American Heart Association works collaboratively with organizations and community leaders across Virginia to improve the health of all. AHA is an organizational member of Richmond based Community Unity in Action (CUIA) – a collective comprised of more than 20 non-profits with five focus areas to advance food justice within the Food Justice […]
    • Webinar panelists four-paneEmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based Workshop Highlights Powerful Partnerships, Kicks-Off Grant Application Period
      The power of partnerships built on trust, dignity and respect was a key theme during March 17th’s EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based Workshop Zoom webinar, hosted by the American Heart Association (AHA), Eastern States region. “When you see value in people, it affirms that value that is in you,” said Dr. Abraham […]
    • The American Heart Association Launches Funding Initiative Aimed at Supporting Communities through Local Faith Institutions
      Faith-based organizations and places of worship have played an important role during the COVID-19 crisis in our country. These organizations and their volunteers and staff have been on the frontline, mitigating the impact of COVID-19 and providing communities with much needed guidance and support. That is why the American Heart Association’s Eastern […]
    • Blakely’s Story – One Parent’s Story of fighting a Congenital Heart Defect
      Melanie Withers is a Heart Mom who wants to continue to share Blakely’s story, not only to keep her story alive but to help other Heart Parents who are facing similar battles. If you are reading this, consider yourself privileged. Privileged to even hear the story of my sweet Blakely Elizabeth. She was feisty, she was loving, she was her mother’s […]
    • Devon Brzezynski – A story of Congenital Heart Defect survival
      Devon has been named a Go Red for Women “Real Woman” spokesperson for our Go Red for Women national campaign. She is in the first class ever selected for Congenital Heart Defect Survivors. This is her story. I was born with an atrioventricular septal defect and a mitral valve defect. My parents were given two choices when I was born: […]
    • Simple Cooking With Heart Teaches Skills and Healthy Habits
      Throughout December, the American Heart Association, Richmond Public Schools Engagement Office, and Chef Ray Britt brought together students from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School at the Market at 25th to ignite a passion for cooking. Through hands-on cooking experience, students increase their knowledge and healthy cooking habits, empowering them […]
    • AHA President: The best way forward requires bridging disciplines, people, places
      The challenges facing our world are many – from timely concerns such as the coronavirus pandemic and the renewed emphasis it has placed on the need to dismantle structural racism to the ongoing challenges of treating and beating the top two killers around the globe: heart disease and stroke. As president of the American Heart Association, Dr. Mitch […]
    • Chef Jason Creates Generational Change Through Healthy Eating
      Healthy eating starts with healthy food choices, and eating together with your family has been proven to have many benefits beyond a better diet. You don’t need to be a chef to create nutritious, heart-healthy meals your family will love. Throughout May and June, Chef Jason Muckle with CHEW (Cooking for Health Education and Wellness) converted the […]
    • American Heart Association Advocates Affect Sustainable Change for the Health of All Virginians
      Because of the dedication of AHA supporters and volunteers statewide, it was a landmark year of public policy achievements for cardiovascular health in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These successes demonstrate that constituents have the power to make significant change when they join in the fight against heart disease and stroke. “As a stroke survivor […]
    • The AHA Launches 2nd Webinar in a Series Discussing Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
      Long before the pandemic, systemic challenges have contributed to disparities that impede some people from living long, healthy lives. Your ZIP code should not determine how long you live, but it does. Social factors, which are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources, as well as immigration status, occupation, and language preference, […]
    • ICYMI: Eastern States Launched a Webinar Series on the Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
      On May 15, the Eastern States Community Impact team launched the first webinar of a series designed to discuss the impact of COVID-19 in communities of color. The webinar was offered to health equity leaders nationwide and was attended by approximately 1,035 participants. During the webinar, implications of COVID-19 from the perspective of economics, […]
    • The AHA Convenes Health Equity Leaders to Discuss Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
      Long before the coronavirus impacted how we live, work, and play, systemic challenges contributed to disparities that impede some people from living long, healthy lives. Your ZIP code should not determine how long you live, but it does. Social factors, which are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources, have been mostly responsible for […]
    • Tackling Teen Vaping in Henrico
      The American Heart Association is deeply concerned about the public health crisis facing our country. Our top priority regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) is the health and well-being of all individuals and their families today and in the future, in every community, everywhere. Millions of people are counting on us for science-based information, health […]
    • American Heart Association and Bon Secours Mercy Health screen community members over 4 months to help lower blood pressure
      The American Heart Association and local top Heart Walk sponsor, Bon Secours Mercy Health are helping Hampton Roads residents take ownership of their cardiovascular health through hypertension management. On Thursday, February 27th, Bon Secours Mercy Health provided blood pressure screenings for the employees at the City of Suffolk as a kickoff to a […]
    • Roanoke Heart Ball has Record-Breaking Year!
      The 2020 Roanoke Heart Ball was not only a lovely event with great attendance, great food, lots of fun and plenty of excitement, but it also became the highest-grossing Heart Ball in event history! Thanks to a perfect storm – great attendance, incredible sponsors and so many generous donations made that night – the 2020 Roanoke Heart Ball […]
    • Doctor Reviewing blood pressureThe American Heart Association Partners with Central Virginia Health Services to Improve Chronic Disease Control
      Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are community-based health care providers located in urban, suburban and rural communities that provide care in underserved areas.  FQHCs serve a critical role in the health care safety net by providing comprehensive primary and preventative care regardless of an individuals’ ability to pay. The American Heart […]
    • American Heart Association Delivers “Healing Heart” Cards to Cardiac Patients on Valentine’s Day
      When faced with challenges recovering from heart disease or stroke, it’s important to have emotional support. That’s why volunteers, staff and heart attack survivors visited the advanced heart failure floor of Norfolk Sentara Heart Hospital and the cardiac rehabilitation program at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare in Hampton Roads to deliver […]
    • Patients, consumers, and health policy experts advocate at Virginia State Capitol for access to high-quality health insurance coverage, pre-existing conditions protections for all Virginians
       Healthy Market VA, a coalition of organizations representing thousands of Virginians with chronic diseases, small business owners, and older adults spoke out on Tuesday, January 28 at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond to ensure that preserving life-saving patient protections and strengthening Virginia’s health insurance marketplace are top […]
    • The American Heart Association and Health Organizations Respond to Governor Northam’s 2021 Budget Tobacco Tax Increase
      “The American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Medical Society of Virginia, and appreciate the Governor including an increase in funding for tobacco cessation and prevention programs, seeking funding for reinsurance, and including a tobacco tax in his proposed 2021 budget. However, the proposed […]
    • Creating a Healthier Community Space – How Danville, Virginia learned from New Orleans, Louisiana
      When Ashley Ege, Senior Director of Development for Greater Virginia, became a member of the Danville Virginia Health Collaborative she never expected the group would send her down to the “Big Easy,” yet that’s exactly where she found herself recently. “Eighteen months ago I took on the co-chair position of the Healthy Spaces Action team, which is a […]
    • Lynchburg Heart Walk Executive Breakfast Event hosts region’s first Teen Vaping Panel
      The vaping crisis impacting our youth is growing each year. New studies from the American Heart Association show that 1 in 4 high school students is vaping and we know that the number of teen e-cigarette usage has doubled nationally over the past year. To combat the impact, the Association has launched its #QuitLying campaign, calling Big Vape to task […]
    • Building an Army of Life Savers in the Latino Community in Richmond, VA
      The American Heart Association in Richmond recently teamed up with La Casa de la Salud (LCS) to improve the rate of bystander CPR among the area’s growing Hispanic and Latino community. LCS is a local non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, well-being and access to resources for this at-risk population. “Latinos and Hispanics are at […]
    • Public Health Organizations Respond to Virginia Governor’s Comments on E-Cigarettes
      The American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids,, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and Tobacco Free Alliance of Virginia urge the Governor to take immediate action to restrict the sale of all flavored tobacco products including menthol cigarettes; and levy a $1.80 comparable tax on […]
    • Working to end LGBTQ health disparities in the Commonwealth of Virginia
      Black Pride RVA was held the weekend of July 18th-21st. The goal for the weekend of events was to educate, embrace and celebrate the unique lived experiences of the black LGBTQ community of greater Richmond, Virginia and across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The AHA is increasing our outreach and engagement with the LGBTQ community to support improving […]
    • Protect your heart in the heat, Virginia
      With a heat advisory in place over Central Virginia this week, the American Heart Association urges you to take precautions to protect your heart.  With temperatures forecast in the upper 90s, and heat index even higher, it’s important to know that extreme heat can be hard on the heart.As the temperature rises, so can your risk for suffering health […]
    • Complete Streets Funding in City of Richmond Promotes Safety and Health
      The City of Richmond in Virginia allocated $15 million in their budget to make transportation in the city safer for pedestrians and bicyclists through implementing Complete Streets policies.  “Complete Streets” is a term describing a community that has safe and convenient travel for everyone and for all modes of transportation. Complete streets have […]
    • Roanoke Go Red for Women Luncheon helps local women and families build healthy lives
      The American Heart Association and F&S Building Innovations encouraged Roanoke Go Red for Women Luncheon guests to support the health and well-being of individuals served by the Bedford Pregnancy Center and Street Ransom by donating personal care items. The two local charities and the American Heart Association share a common goal of helping […]
    • Inaugural CycleNation Event in Richmond, VA Raises Funds and Awareness
      The energy and spirits were high at the inaugural Richmond CycleNation event on May 30th.  CycleNation empowers participants to use bikes to get brain and heart-healthy – all while raising funds for community programs that will prevent stroke and heart disease. Co-workers, friends and family rang cow bells and cheered on teams at this relay style […]
    • Playground Refresh Creates Healthy Environment for At-Risk Youth in Richmond, VA
      The American Heart Association in Richmond recently teamed up with Bank of America and United Way to restore old and install new playground equipment in Mosby Court, one of four public housing communities in Richmond’s East End.  The project also includes the installation of an early learning path.  New playground equipment and the early learning path […]
    • Stroke Event Raises Awareness Among High Risk Community in Richmond, VA
      Over 600 Richmonders were informed and entertained at the 6th annual Power to End Stroke® Jazz Night held on May 23rd at the Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.  Guests attended a variety of workshops on topics like medication management, healthy cooking and managing risk factors. They even experienced what it felt like to have a stroke […]
    • American Heart Association Partners with New Grocery Store in Richmond Food Desert
      Filling a void for a full-service grocery in Richmond’s East End, the highly anticipated The Market @ 25th opened its doors to happy customers on April 29th. The Market @ 25th will increase access to fresh, healthy foods while also serving as a community hub for area residents.  The store also houses Hope Pharmacy, a locally owned and operated […]
    • Chef Partners in Richmond, VA Unite to Bring Healthy Cooking Classes to the Community
      On Friday, March 22, 2019 the American Heart Association (AHA) in Richmond, VA brought together several partners with a passion for cooking to achieve a common goal:  to empower others to live healthier by learning how to cook nutritious, yet budget-friendly, meals at home. Representatives from five local organizations were trained as “chef partners” […]
    • Richmond’s Top Chefs Compete in Annual Chef’s Challenge
      Richmond, VA – (March 19, 2019) – Spring is almost here which means the 27th Annual Richmond Heart Ball is right around the corner. As we look forward to the big day, we are excited to celebrate healthy eating as a part of National Nutrition Month by challenging Richmond’s top chefs to create heart healthy hors d’oeuvres and desserts as a part of the […]
    • Postpartum Cardiomyopathy Survivor Reflects on her 22 year-long Journey
      In March of 1997, Beth Williamson Ayers gave birth to her son, Owen. Healthy and happy after a smooth pregnancy and delivery, Beth returned home with her son and visiting family members. Five days later, however, while spending time with her sister, Beth began experiencing shortness of breath. Immediately, her sister called Beth’s OB-GYN to explain the […]
    • Five HBCUs Advance in the American Heart Association Urban Health Accelerator-HBCU Healthy Communities Challenge
      Community environments play an important role in health outcomes. People living just 5 miles apart can in some cases have a difference in life expectancy of more than 20 years due to factors such as economic stability, education, societal influences and health care.  Through the American Heart Association’s 2019 EmPOWERED to Serve Urban Health […]
    • Kroger Supports American Heart Association Life is Why We Give Campaign
      Every 40 seconds, someone in America has a stroke or a heart attack. Less than one third of high school students get the recommended amount of daily physical activity and 30 million people in the United States have no easy access to healthy food . The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain […]
    • Custom Ink Supports the American Heart Association in Life is Why We Give Campaign
      Every 40 seconds, someone in America has a stroke or a heart attack. Less than one third of high school students get the recommended amount of daily physical activity and 30 million people in the United States have no easy access to healthy food . The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain […]
    • Coach Frank Beamer and Teen Athlete from Virginia to be Honored at Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Awards Ceremony
      The American Heart Association (AHA) is hosting the 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards tonight at the Post Oak Hotel in Houston, Texas.  Two special Virginians will be honored during the ceremony and dinner:  Coach Frank Beamer and standout teen athlete and heart survivor, Johnny Oates, from Chester, Virginia. Frank Beamer will be in attendance and receive […]
    • Stroke Survivor’s Mom Saves Her Life By Knowing F.A.S.T.
      Sylvia May recalls the day clearly. At 21-years-old, she woke up on a typical Friday morning and headed to her job with the Air Force working on fighter planes. Her day began with an inconvenient headache; however, this was the first sign of an impending stroke. Throughout the work day, Sylvia’s headache persisted. Along with this, she began hearing a […]
    • Local Health Systems in Richmond, VA Earn National Recognition for Commitment to Improve High Blood Pressure
      The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) recognized Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists, VCU Health System and Central Virginia Health Services as leaders in their national initiative, called Target: BP,  to get people’s blood pressure under control and reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes […]
    • Dennis Popp’s Story
      I never imagined the toll heart disease would have on my life.  I had a stroke in 2000, a heart attack in 2004 and was in complete heart failure in 2013.  Medical advances have helped to keep me alive for years, but it was a heart transplant in 2017 that has given me new life.  At age 45, I never thought that I would live to see my grandchildren […]
    • Why learning Hands-Only CPR is the best gift you can give your loved ones
      If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. About 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home and as one study reports, the holiday season is prime time for them to occur as cardiac arrest deaths are 33% higher in December and […]
    • Local toddler selected as national ambassador for Kids Heart Challenge
      Richmond, VA – Three year old, Finn Blumenthal, will serve as a national ambassador for American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge! Since 2016, Finn and his mom, Kelly, have helped local schools raise funds for the American Heart Association. This year, the American Heart Association chose Finn to be a national ambassador for the […]
    • Urban Health Accelerator – Historically Black Colleges (HCBU) Legacy Grant Opportunity
      The Empowered To Serve 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. The Barbara Houston Urban Health Accelerator HBCU Legacy Grants: Made possible through the support of Mr. John Houston, III, […]
    • 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 […]
    • AHA Recognizes Companies in Forbes Magazine
      Imagine a healthier community for all, where heart diseases and stroke are no longer our leading killers, and every member of every community is able to achieve well-being supported by the places they live, learn, work, play, pray and heal. At the American Heart Association, we are dedicated to promoting health and well-being for all and have made it […]
    • Celebrating Pride Month in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate
      The American Heart Association is celebrating LGBTQ Pride month this June by sharing resources and participating in different events across the country. Teri Arnold, Marketing and Communications Director for the Hampton Roads, Virginia region and Communications Officer for AHA’s Hearts With Pride Employee Resource Group, recently told her heart attack […]
    • Target:BP Data Submission Closes
      About 103 million adults (nearly half) in the United States have high blood pressure. Research shows that high blood pressure is a contributing factor to major health conditions including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health concerns. Research also shows that 45.9% of those with high blood pressure are not controlled, […]
    • Celebrate National CPR and AED Awareness Week
      National CPR and AED Awareness Week – June 1– 7, 2018 – aims to raise awareness and increase the number of people who perform CPR in cardiac arrest emergencies. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. About 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. When a person has a cardiac […]
    • Advance Auto Parts joins area companies to raise life-saving funds
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, has enlisted the support of corporations in raising funds for the cause. When consumers visit Advance Auto Parts from May 16 – June 16, they will have the opportunity to give to the American Heart Association via the […]
    • Mid-Atlantic Heart and Stroke Summit – Call For 2019 Presenters
      The Mid-Atlantic Heart and Stroke Quality Summit is a week-long event that includes educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Cardiac Arrest, Atrial Fibrillation, and Stroke. In addition, the Summit provides day and evening events to network and celebrate achievements with peers from across the region, featuring […]
    • Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Hosts Quality Heart and Stroke Summit
      The American Heart Association – Mid-Atlantic Affiliate hosted the 2nd Annual Heart & Stroke Quality Summit in Raleigh, NC, April 23 – 27, bringing together healthcare professionals from across the region to learn from top-quality care heart and stroke experts. Online presentation slides and photos are available for viewing. […]
    • Kroger Raises $93,311 for the American Heart Association
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, thanks Kroger Stores for their support of Life is Why We Give. After a successful campaign in its 122 stores across the Mid-Atlantic, Kroger raised $93,311 for the American Heart Association. “The American Heart […]
    • Move More. Live More.
      This April, Healthy For Good is encouraging Americans to Move More. Live More. by being physically active. The National Walking Day celebration has been expanded to a month-long activation. It’s all part of the Healthy For Good movement, which inspires lasting change through small, simple steps in four key areas: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be […]
    • You and You’re the Cure. The Power Couple.
      The American Heart Association’s You’re the Cure advocacy network is a valuable tool that you can use to make a real difference in your community and state. How does it work? We connect you with opportunities to engage with your lawmakers on issues that are important to you and your health – and we are here to inform you about the […]
    • 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit
      Registration is now open for the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit.  The MAA Quality and Systems Improvement team will host this week-long event April 23-27, 2018 in Raleigh, NC.  The Summit will include educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Atrial Fibrillation, Resuscitation and Stroke. The […]
    • Eat Smart & Add Color in March!
      We all know it is important to eat healthy and exercise. But, it’s keeping these habits that you might find challenging. This is why we celebrate and raise awareness about nutrition in the month of March, National Nutrition Month. Recent CDC data show adults continue to consume too few fruits and vegetables. Overall, 12.2 percent met fruit intake […]
    • Scientific Sessions
      The American Heart Association 2017 Scientific Sessions were held on November 11–15 in Anaheim, California. This incredible, five-day event attracted thousands of doctors, scientists, researchers, investigators, and other healthcare professionals from around the globe who came together to discuss new science to reduce the impact of cardiovascular […]
    • Save the Date! 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit
      Registration for the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit will open in early January. The conference is being held in Raleigh, NC during the week of April 23-27, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn Crabtree Valley Hotel. The Summit is a week-long event that will include educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary […]
    • AHA Highlights Impact2020 Sponsors in Forbes’ Centennial Issue
      The Centennial Issue of Forbes Magazine, which hits stands 9.28.17, features a full-page list of sponsors that have committed to the mission of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Mid-Atlantic Affiliate through the year 2020.  Highlighting these sponsors in this unique way is a small token of appreciation for their generous […]
    • Save the Date: 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Summit
      Save the Date! The Mid-Atlantic Quality Team will be hosting the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit in Raleigh, NC and are now accepting oral presenter submissions. The conference will be held during the week of April 23-27, 2018 and will include educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Cardiac […]
    • Hospitals Recognized in US News & World Report
      The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association is honored to recognize a record number of hospitals in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals. The awarded hospitals have exhibited unfaltering commitment to following guidelines shown to improve patient outcomes. See the nationwide […]
    • Federal Lobby Day
      On June 26-27, more than 330 American Heart Association volunteers and staff from 46 states trekked to Washington, D.C. as part of the biennial You’re the Cure on the Hill to advocate for the protection of health care coverage, federal research support, and key legislation that will benefit Americans with cardiovascular disease (CVD). Heart disease and […]
    • Patient Support Network is Here to Help
      Facing recovery after a stroke or heart disease diagnosis can be scary, but connecting with others going through similar journeys can help. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association offers a wide range of resources, materials and interactive tools to help you manage your condition and improve your cardiovascular health. The Support […]
    • Mid-Atlantic Heart and Stroke Quality Summit
      The Mid-Atlantic Quality Team hosted the Inaugural Heart & Stroke Quality Summit in Raleigh, NC during the week of April 24-28, 2017. Over 450 healthcare professionals participated in the week-long event that included educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Atrial Fibrillation, Resuscitation and Stroke. In […]
    • Get With The Guidelines®-AFIB, Available at No Cost for 2017
      The American Heart Association is extending the offer to participate in Get With The Guidelines®-AFIB, the newest addition to the American Heart Association’s quality improvement programs, at no cost for 2017. AHA will cover the hospital’s participation fee for the Get With The Guidelines®-AFIB Patient Management Tool (including the […]