Four local leaders are joining the national American Heart Association’s Leaders of Impact campaign in an effort to combat health inequities in the Southern Coast. Studies show a 78-year life expectancy gap in zip codes across Chatham County and according to the American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, this can be caused by social determinants of health and other barriers to achieving health equity for all communities — factors that include structural racism and access to quality healthcare.
The Leaders of Impact initiative engages community leaders across 150 cities to take part in a seven-week challenge to improve health by raising awareness and funds to support the life-saving work of the American Heart Association.
Southern Coast nominees were selected to take part in Leaders of Impact because of their passion and drive to make a difference. This year’s nominees are:
- Wanda Hobson, Riverview Health
- Jason Bagget, Corcoran Group Realty
- Dr. Ryan O’Kelly, Savannah Vascular Institute
- Stephanie Jurczak, Encompass Health
Beginning on World Heart Day, Sept. 29, nominees will work to raise funds while engaging their networks in opportunities to directly impact the health of the Southern Coast communities. Funds raised will support the American Heart Association’s 2024 Impact Goal which aims to advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to equitable health care access and quality. Currently, the American Heart Association is working with local stakeholders and community members to address barriers and inequities around CPR, blood pressure and education.
“We are thrilled to have these leaders join us in our relentless efforts for a world of longer, healthier lives” said Ansley Howze, executive director for the American Heart Association. “Cardiovascular disease remains a top killer in Savannah. That’s why it’s critical for us to engage volunteers who are passionate about making a lasting impact on their community”.
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