To help increase awareness regarding women’s heart health, the American Heart Association (AHA) launched the Woman of Impact initiative. This new initiative was designed to educate women about the dangers of cardiovascular disease and bring the work of the AHA’s Go Red for Women movement to life.
Annually, a select group of passionate individuals are nominated to be a part of the Woman of Impact initiative. This amazing group works to increase awareness about a woman’s greatest health threat while raising critical lifesaving funds. Each of the nominees bring together their own network to form an impact team, set a goal, engage our community in the mission of the AHA by pursuing activities such as training others in CPR, advocating to our legislators, or participating in Research Goes Red, while exploring fundraising resources and ultimately having a direct impact on the heart health of the Denver community.
Our Inaugural nine-week Woman of Impact campaign ran from February 5 (National Wear Red Day) through April 7 and the results and reach were INCREDIBLE! Through this campaign:
- 1,000 people learned about the significance of CPR
- Over 20 community members became AHA Healthy for Life facilitators and inspired over 300 community members to live heart healthy lives
- 2,000 people were inspired by the movement and stepped up to make donations to the campaign resulting in almost $200,000 for the mission!
Congratulations to our runner up: elementary school teacher, Jenna Bell, and our winner from IMA Financial (who raised more than $50,000!) Ruth Rohs! In case you missed it, you can watch this short video announcing the winner and celebrating this inaugural class’ amazing impact!
Thank you to all the nominees! These women are changemakers, dedicated to making a lasting impact on the heart health of our community.
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.