Transformational Stories

Yazoo Housing Authority

EmPowered To Serve is an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association movement working with multicultural partners to create a culture of health within diverse communities. Yazoo City Housing Authority in Mississippi recently introduced the program to help residents take small steps that can lead to big changes in healthy living behaviors. Watch this video from the Yazoo City Housing Authority and experience the impact!

Transformational Leader

Karen Larimer, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAHA
Dr. Karen Larimer is an Assistant Clinical Professor at DePaul University’s School of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois. Her research interests include community based participatory research in cardiovascular disease risk reduction and social and physical determinants of cardiovascular health and disease. Dr. Larimer’s dissertation was a community assessment of cardiovascular health and risk in people of Mexican descent in Berwyn, Illinois. She has been involved with the American Heart Association since 2003, where she has chaired several multicultural committees and programs, such as Check, Change, Control/ Search Your Heart/Go Red Por Tu Corazon, as well as bridged relationships with community organizations, such as Catholic Charities and the Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association, to the mission of the American Heart Association.

Dr. Larimer will serve as the Metropolitan Chicago American Heart Association board president, the first nurse to hold this prestigious position and continue ensuring the underserved and diverse communities in Metro Chicago receive empowering, important and innovative resources from the American Heart Association.

Hip-hop Artist Dee-1

Hip-hop artist Dee-1’s story might surprise you. Although he didn’t consider himself a performer, he turned to music during what he says was the “roughest time of my life.”  His music focuses on health and topics he says are, “… issues that we shouldn’t keep quiet about, because they affect us.” To learn more about the man behind the music, click here to read Dee-1’s story on blog.heart.org.

Changing the Conversation

Watch SVP Health Strategies, Bruce Inverso in his video debut!
“Systems change is everything. Place matters. Education matters. Food access matters. One-to-one behavior change won’t cut it. It’s about empowering people to drive change.”
—Bruce Inverso, SVP Health Strategies and Power Ambassador

 

Contact: Mara Silverio (mara.silverio@heart.org).

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