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SPOTLIGHT: American Heart Association

Staff Report //March 16, 2020//

SPOTLIGHT: American Heart Association

Staff Report //March 16, 2020//

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Mission Statement:

To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

2019 Top achievements:

Our local American Heart Association positively affects the Lowcountry community in many ways. They are present in each restaurant where you can breathe clean, smoke-free air. They are also present in every hospital where doctors save countless lives with technology developed from research funded by our organization. For almost thirty years, the American Heart Association has funded more than $4 billion of in research here in Charleston. Right now, MUSC Health researchers are exploring strategies to improve early injury and promote long term tolerance after a cardiac transplant, learning more about stroke recovery, and researching ventricular septal defects, which is a common congenital heart defect.

There are hundreds of local worksites that have American Heart-inspired walking paths, food and beverage guidelines, and employee wellness initiatives. The AHA has been dedicated to changing laws in the Palmetto State so our citizens can live a healthier life.

This past year, we trained more than 31,000 people in hands-only CPR in the Lowcountry, and we are working hand-in-hand this year with Blackbaud to increase the accessibility of potentially lifesaving training, including hands-only CPR. We are also dedicated to improving the lives of our children. More than 5,100 students in the Lowcountry participated in our Kids Heart Challenge, which supports our youth’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

Our Get with the Guidelines quality improvement programs have impacted cardiovascular disease care for thousands of patients in Charleston. These programs provide local hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines to ensure the best care for patients.  

2020 Goals:

We want to expand our financial support, grow our volunteer base, engage our community in creating a healthier environment, improve our educational programs, train more people in hands-only CPR, shed light on the social influencers of health, and change laws that will create a healthier community. 

Fundraising events:

Lowcountry Heart Walk
February 29, 2020 • Brittlebank Park 

Charleston Heart Ball
May 1, 2020 • Gaillard Center

Go Red For Women Luncheon 
June 2020 

Corporate giving opportunities:

The American Heart Association accepts donations throughout the entire year. You can fund our lifesaving mission by supporting customized sponsorships that are centered around social media, blood pressure, CPR initiatives, workplace wellness programs and many more. You can also sponsor our heart-healthy events: the Lowcountry Heart Walk, Lowcountry Hard Hats With Heart, Charleston Heart Ball and the Go Red For Women luncheon. Please call 843-480-4910 or email [email protected] to find more ways on getting involved in building a healthy community.


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