Michael L. Weamer, CAE
Executive Vice President, American Heart Association
Michael L. Weamer, CAE, Executive Vice President of the American Heart Association – Founders Affiliate (Northeast Region). The Founders Affiliate is a $65 million organization dedicated to reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and stroke stroke in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Prior to joining AHA, Mr. Weamer was Executive Director of the National Society to Prevent Blindness, and Executive Director of the National Easter Seal Society, administering rehabilitation centers that provided physical, speech and occupational therapy for physically disabled children and adults as well as pre-school education programs.
Michael Weamer is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Journalism and Broadcasting. Michael served as a member of the Board of Directors and was Chairman of the New York Society of Association Executives. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Association Executive Award of the New York Society of Association Executives.
The American Heart Association (AHA) – Founders Affiliate shares the mission of the national AHA, namely to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke, with the geographic focus of its services being Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Key AHA Founders Affiliate Activities Related to Improving Minority/Multicultural Health
Power To End Stroke: Building a Movement
–Power To End Stroke is an education and awareness campaign that embraces and celebrates the culture, energy, creativity and lifestyles of Americans. It unites people to help make an impact on the high incidence of stroke within their communities and encourages individuals to take a “Pledge” to reduce their risk of a stroke. Each year, more than 20,000 African Americans within the areas of the Founders Affiliate “Take the Pledge” to reduce their risk of having a stroke, by eating better, exercising and understanding their risk. To take a pledge to prevent and overcome stroke and to learn more about Power To End Stroke, call the American Stroke Association at 1-888-4-STROKE or visit www.powertoendstroke.org
. Become an Ambassador for Power To End Stroke. An Ambassador is an influential person in the African-American community who helps spread the risk-reduction messages of Power To End Stroke to other members of the community. For more information, visit www.powertoendstroke.org
Get With The GuidelinesSM–Get with the Guidelines is an American Heart Association quality improvement program in which collaborate with hospital teams to improve care related to coronary artery disease and/or stroke. The AHA assists hospitals in building systems to translate what we know about heart disease & stroke secondary prevention (prevention to prevent a second heart attack and/or stroke) into what is done in clinical practice.
• There are three in-hospital modules of GWTG: theHeart Failure Module, Stroke Module and Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) module (this module is done in conjunction with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and is called ACTION-Registry-GWTG).GWTG Resuscitation is slated to be the next in-hospital module for GWTG which will address in-hospital sudden cardiac arrest.
• GWTG-Outpatient is a new branch of GWTG designed to address physician based office practices. This program is geared towards providers that use electronic medical records. The program is run out of National; however, your local GWTG contact can assist you.
The American Heart Association, Founders Affiliate is devoting special attention to collaborating with selected hospitals that serve communities with predominantly racial and ethnic populations. Learn more atamericanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines
Research and Science
• In 2008–09, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association allocated $160 million to research that helps improve the care of many patients suffering from heart disease and stroke. Of that, about $43.6 million was committed to research projects focused on these at-risk populations:
- African Americans
- Asian Americans
- Hispanic/Latino Americans
- Native Americans
• Each year the American Heart Association National Research Program allocates at least 6 percent of its budget to underrepresented minority scientists. The program also strives for ethnic and gender diversity in its volunteer committees. To find out how to become a research volunteer, visitamericanheart.org/research.
: The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association works with federal, State and Local agencies to promote improved quality and access to care and to reduce cardiovascular health disparities among minority populations. For more information, visitamericanheart.org/advocacy
Go Red For Women
–Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. Visit:www.goredforwomen.org
for more information.
Go Red Por Tu Corazon – Heart disease is the #1 killer of Hispanic women, yet it can be prevented.On average, Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanic white women. However, despite the heightened risk, most are still unaware of the threat to themselves and their families.
That’s why the American Heart Association launched Go Red Por Tu Corazón
, a bilingual movement that is raising awareness of heart disease among Hispanic women and helping them make healthy eating choices for themselves and those they love. Visit www.goredcorazon.org
for more information.
Tu Corazón Latino – The American Heart Association, Founders Affiliate is collaborating with Latino leaders to build customized solutions centered on the Latino health crisis of heart disease and stroke. The goal of Tu Corazón Latino is to change behaviors and help people live healthier lives. The AHA realizes the best way to do that is to develop solutions with the leadership of our Latino communities.
My Life Check: My Life Check was designed by the American Heart Association with the goal of improved health for ALL Americans by educating the public on how best to live. Individuals can take the My Life Check assessment for free and know where they stand on each one of life’s simple seven health factors. Individuals get their own personal heart score and life plan as well as a focused action plan that is customized to his/her lifestyle and health outlook. To take the My Life Check Assessment and learn more about the 7 key health factors, please visit www.mylifecheck.org.
Search Your Heart/Conozca Su Corazon Programs: The American Heart Association’s Search Your Heart program is a faith-based community educational program/tool to reach high-risk audiences. Search Your Heart delivers knowledge and action steps to encourage people to act upon this knowledge and reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke. Search Your Heart implementation is recognized by two tiers:
Since its inception in 1996, over 15,000 churches across the country have participated in the Search Your Heart program and it has reached over 1.5 million at-risk participants. By empowering these individuals with information, the program shows how to take necessary steps to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, including making healthy lifestyle changes and developing heart-healthy habits.
Heart of Diabetes
: African Americans and Hispanics face a higher risk for type 2 diabetes. Through its Heart Of Diabetes program, the American Heart Association educates people about the connection between type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Patients can enroll in the program atIKnowDiabetes.org
Collaboration with Health Power for Minorities (Health Power) – AHA Founders Affiliate and Health Powr have collaborated on a variety of projects/initiatives related to the promotion of heart health including:
– Health Power Annual Dual Web Celebrations of American Heart Month and Black Heritage Month;
– The Activities of the Founders/former Heritage Affiliate Health Disparities Committee;
Key Health Power Resources for Heart Health