The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to a world of healthier lives for all, has announced the 2022 Blair Woman of Impact nominees.
Younger generations of women, Gen Z and Millennials, are less likely to know that cardiovascular disease is their biggest health threat.
That’s why it’s important for all women to take charge of their heart health and encourage others to do the same.
Each year a select group of people are nominated by their peers to become a Woman of Impact because of their passion and drive to raise awareness and make a difference both in their community and for the Go Red for Women movement. .
This year the nominees are:
– Kelly Campagna, RN, Director of Business Development, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona.
– Taci Geller, Community Liaison, Grane Hospice.
– Kerry Gority, Realtor, John Hill Real Estate.
– Angela Guyer, BSN, RN, Stroke Program Unit Director and Stroke Coordinator, UPMC Altoona.
– Amy Kowalski, MSN, RN, CSN, DNP-S, nursing instructor, Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, Penn State Altoona.
– Chelsi Tedeschi, owner, Blair School of Martial Arts.
Beginning on National Wear Red Day, February 4, these six women began leading an eight-week initiative to transform women’s health in Blair County.
Nominees recruit champions from their networks to form an impact team and together have a direct impact on women’s health and the Go Red for Women movement.
Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s flagship movement to encourage heart health awareness and harness the energy, passion, and power of women to unite and collectively eliminate heart disease.
During each week of the initiative, candidates participate in a variety of activities designed to drive mission impact and create a culture of health and health equity, locally.
Nominees will help raise awareness of the number one killer of women – cardiovascular disease, engage women in research, train community members in CPR, organize local events and more.
In addition to performing impact activities, contestants and their impact teams will set a goal and work together to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Each activity and each dollar raised wins the candidate “points of impact”.
On World Health Day, April 7, 2022, the contestant whose team has the greatest impact and the most Impact Points will be named the winner of the Blair Woman of Impact Award.
The winner and all nominees will be recognized for their efforts at the Blair Go Red for Women 2022 event taking place on Thursday, May 26 at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona.
“These women are already inspiring leaders in their community and we are grateful that they are choosing to use their influence to inspire others in the community to take action to improve their health and raise funds to improve women’s health everywhere. in the world”, said Tommi Burchfield, head of strategic partnerships at Personal Care Medical Associates and chair of the 2022 Blair Go Red for Women campaign.
“As part of the inaugural Women of Impact class last year which raised over $37,000, I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year’s group of nominees can accomplish and how many women they can influence through the life-saving movement Go Red for Women.”
Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of more women each year in the United States than all forms of cancer combined. Although the majority of cardiac events are preventable, cardiovascular disease continues to be the greatest threat to women’s health, killing one in three women.
For more information about the Blair Go Red for Women campaign, visit blairgored.heart.org or contact Brooke Greybush at [email protected] or 717-730-1713.