Kids get an appreciation for fruits and vegetables at the I Can Make A Difference Youth Health Event hosted by the Children Defense Fund LA, Jack & Jill of America SFV chapter and the American Heart Association. (Photo by Mitchell Haddad)

Kids get an appreciation for fruits and vegetables at the I Can Make A Difference Youth Health Event hosted by the Children Defense Fund LA, Jack & Jill of America SFV chapter and the American Heart Association. (Photo by Mitchell Haddad)


The American Heart Association is a national organization, with the Los Angeles County Division serving the neighborhoods of Los Angeles County.


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


• Increased park use and activities in South LA’s Harvard Park in the year since we launched our Community STEPS collaboration with the LAPD’s Community Safety Partnership

• Student Farmers Markets in The Accelerated School, Santee High School and Lincoln High School offer fresh, affordable produce in their neighborhoods

• We invested over $12 million in 62 scientific researchers in LA County



Shawn Casey

Affiliate Development Officer

Nicolla Ross

Vice President of Health Strategies


Bob Lundy

Hooper, Lundy and Bookman

John Gordon Harold, MD

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Paul Craig

Keck Medicine of USC

Micah Ali

Compton Unified School District

Eric Boyer


Cathi Cunningham

Deloitte & Touche LLC

Ravi Dave, MD

UCLA Health

Suzanne DeJong

Ernst & Young LLP

George Green

Hospital Association of Southern CA

Alice Issai

Adventist Health Glendale

Dino Kasdagly

L.A. Care Health Plan

Bob Larlee

City National Bank

Mika Leah

Goomi Group

Ray Matthews, MD

Keck Medicine of USC

Ken Orkin

ITG Automotive

Karen Oxman

Hub International

David Pryor, MD

Anthem Blue Cross

Jessica Sims, MD

Regal Medical Group

Paul Watkins

Dignity Health


Go Red For Women Wellness Retreat and Executive Luncheon

Held on International Women’s Day, enjoy an empowering morning with a wellness expo, beauty corner, fitness sessions, health panels, networking and a healthy lunch.

March 8, 2019 • westdrift Manhattan Beach • Laura Baker, (213) 291-7051,

Rock the Red Music Benefit

A musical celebration to amplify the message of Go Red For Women and unite Los Angeles around efforts to advance equity, awareness and action for women’s health.

May 2019 • Date, location and special celebrity guest performers TBA • Laura Baker, (213) 291-7051,

Heart & Stroke Ball

Celebrating efforts to build a foundation of health justice and equity in every Los Angeles neighborhood.

June 15, 2019 • Taglyan Complex Hollywood • Lauren Hall, (213) 291-7107,

Heart Walk

A 5K walk to end heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 2 killers in LA County. Form a company team, or team up with friends and family. Walk as a heart disease or stroke survivor. Walk in honor of a loved one.

Fall 2019, dates TBA • Pasadena, Playa Vista, South Bay, Santa Clarita Valley • Meredith Crabtree-Warner, (213) 291-7119,


Your time and talent are critical to creating a world of longer, healthier lives, starting in Los Angeles. We need your help with the following:

• Year-round Teaching Gardens planting and harvest events in schools

• Bi-weekly Saturday community activities in Harvard Park for our Community STEPS program

• Knit or crochet red hats for Little Hats, Big Hearts program

• Check. Change. Control. blood pressure and cholesterol health coaching

• Kids Cook With Heart classes

• You’re the Cure Network – advocate for important health policies

• Worksite Healthy for Good coaches

• STEM mentorship

• Entrepreneurial mentorship for student-run Farmers Markets

• Event support

• Social media ambassador program

• Public awareness campaigns


• Fund one or more of 20 Teaching Gardens that we envision to build in LA County schools by 2020 to teach kids how to grow food and learn the value of eating healthy.

• Fund the expansion of Student Farmers Markets. Our goal is to add 10 by 2020.

• Fund the third year of Community STEPS in Harvard Park, which creates a safe space for dialogue and exercise between community members and law enforcement, and/or support the program expansion to three additional neighborhoods.

• Fund CPR education in 250 high schools in LA County

• Fund the placement of four interactive Hands- Only CPR training kiosks in high-traffic public locations, such as airports, to teach large numbers of people the lifesaving technique in about five minutes.

• Fund the placement of interactive Blood Pressure screening kiosks in large company sites and public places

• Invest in local small markets to improve their business infrastructure and capacity to offer affordable healthy food options.

• Fund innovative, high-impact research projects.

• Invest in our social impact fund to make healthy choices equitable and accessible for all, regardless of their freeway exit.


• Work with community partners to provide real solutions to food system problems to increase healthy

food access and affordability

• Address social and environmental barriers to safe walking and biking to promote healthy active living

• Triple philanthropic impact to accelerate scientific discovery

Return to Index

For reprint and licensing requests for this article, CLICK HERE.