Eight appointed to the National Council of Leaders for a Resilient Generation

American Heart Association national volunteers charged with supporting youth health

DALLAS, September 23, 2022 — Eight volunteer thought leaders, philanthropists and executives will work to address pressing issues related to the social determinants of health on behalf of the American Heart Association. These individuals will come together as part of the Association’s National Council of Leaders for a Resilient Generation and seek to champion sustainable solutions to ensure that children everywhere can live long and healthy lives, regardless of where they grow up. The council is in charge of transformational impact which raises funds to improve the health of young people in their local communities.

The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, brought the council together to address community solutions to combat key barriers to youth health, including mental well-being , nutritional insecurity, increased physical activity, and an end to tobacco and vaping. . Council members will serve a three-year term, participate in stakeholder meetings and provide corporate support to bring the work to life.

“Each of these leaders embodies the spirit of the American Heart Association’s mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives,” said Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH, FAHA, volunteer president of the American Heart Association. Heart Association. “Your willingness to volunteer your time and talents to support our youth and equitable health is vital as we work to ensure that children everywhere, regardless of race, ethnicity, or zip code, have the opportunity to be healthy”.

The council will complement the work of other American Heart Association youth initiatives, such as the schools programs, Kids Heart Challenge and American Heart Challenge, and the American Heart Association Superintendent Council. Each of these areas of work brings volunteers with different backgrounds and perspectives to singularly focus on improving health and wellness within their local youth communities and are committed to efforts that will help children achieve healthier, happier lives. and longer.

Members of the National Council of Leaders for a Resilient Generation of 2022 include:

  • Bobbe Bridge, philanthropist in Seattle, Washington
  • Ramon Castillo of Costco in Seattle, Washington
  • William Clayton of Reliant Energy in Houston, Texas
  • Lorraine Dodero of the Sam J. Frankino Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Matt Flesock of UCLA Health in Los Angeles, California
  • Justin Henderson of Adventist Health Glendale in Glendale, California
  • Tara Myers of Earl Swensson Associates in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Paul Watkins of Dignity Health Northridge in Los Angeles, California

The American Heart Association’s work to save and improve the lives of all children is based on the organization’s vision that all children, regardless of gender, race, location, or economic status, should be able to reach their full potential. Efforts are being made across the country, including through this council, to improve the places where children live, learn and play, because only about half of American children (54%) meet 3 or 4 of the criteria for ideal cardiovascular health. And less than 1% meet all 8 criteria.

Funds raised by Leaders for a Resilient Generation participants will support the Association’s transformational work to improve the health of families across America. To learn more about other American Heart Association youth programs or to make a donation, visit heart.org/schools.

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The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of work saving lives, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trusted source that empowers people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund groundbreaking research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share resources and information that save lives. Connect with us at heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.


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Linzy Cotaya: 504-872-3446, linzy.cotaya@heart.org

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