Affiliate Activities

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Founders Affiliate

Where: Living Hope Empowerment Center - LHEC- in Trenton, NJ
What: Video Premiere and show cases
When: Tuesday, June 11th
Description: LHEC created a video to show partners, sponsors, communities and friends the different programs, initiatives and activities they do at its community; of course, AHA | ASA is one of the "stars" on the video. Also, they had some showcases; our intern Kristine Funk created a salt showcase and improved existing showcase from our healthy bodega initiative - please see the picture below. Kristine made an excellent job creating this showcase and walked people through the salt, sugar, dairy and portion size showcases, very proud of my intern!!! The salt showcase will be used at the NBC4 & NY Giant Health & Fitness Expo this weekend.

Where: Christ Church in the Bronx, NYC
What: Health Promotion event
When: Saturday, June 16th
Description: this community event got about 250 participants. Our bilingual volunteer and future intern worked doing Only Hand CPR demo and distributed & explained the salt reduction initiative.

Western States Affiliate

American Stroke Association presents the Power to End Stroke-Most Powerful Voices Gospel Concert

On Thursday, May 31st 2012, the American Heart/Stroke Association (AHSA) hosted the San Diego "Faces of Power" Reception in the Jacobs Center. Health professionals, community leaders and stroke survivors were in attendance to learn valuable information and share stories about stroke awareness and advocacy. The event served as the launch pad for San Diego's chapter of the Power to End Stroke Campaign. Read More.

Midwest Affiliate

Most Powerful Voices Gospel Tour raises awareness

The Most Powerful Voices Power To End Stroke Gospel Tour has been a signature event for 12 years. Here's a look at some powerful moments from the tour's stops in the Midwest Affiliate.

Milwaukee, WI

Most Powerful Voices, Saturday, August 6, 2011 — Milwaukee's African World Festival had an even stronger focus on health this year as the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association's® Most Powerful Voices Gospel Concert joined the lineup. Festival patrons not only heard outstanding gospel performances locally and nationally with gospel's great Fred Hammond, but Power To End Stroke® Ambassadors delivered life-saving messages from each of the four main stages throughout the day.

People attending the festival this year took advantage of various health screenings including blood pressure and blood glucose readings. These screenings help in the fight against stroke and heart disease. Of all the people in the United States, African-Americans in Milwaukee are disproportionally impacted by high blood pressure, the leading risk factor for stroke.

Once festival-goers received their numbers, volunteers from the Association helped them to understand their numbers and what they could do to lower their risk of stroke and heart disease. Thank you to all the HEQ Board Members, PTES Volunteers and AHA Staff that contributed to such a successful event!


Stellar Award-winning artist James Fortune and FIYA headlined Detroit's Most Powerful Voices concert. James gave his powerful testimony of overcoming homelessness to top the charts.

Kevin Robbins, a judge in Detroit's 36th District Court, shared the story of how his father's stroke affected the family. The stroke was caused by undiagnosed diabetes and prevented Judge Robbins and his father from going into law practice together the way they'd always planned.

James Fortune Kevin Robbins


This year's event featured Grammy award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin, a National Power To End Stroke Ambassador and a supporter of the movement. On Nov. 18, Chicago hosted its 5th Annual Gospel Concert with about 5,600 attendees at The House of Hope. This is the largest event ever held in the Midwest Affiliate! In addition to gospel music, attendees participated in health screenings and received stroke education materials.

Kirk Franklin Dr. Monica Peek, Ola Brown, Tonya Roberson and Curvine Summers Amber Bullock Chicago Family Health Center

Featured above:
Kirk Franklin performs; Keynote speaker Power Ambassador Dr. Monica Peek, stroke survivor Ola Brown, Power Ambassador Tonya Roberson and Health Equity Director Curvine Summers; Amber Bullock, Winner of the 2011 Sunday Best Gospel Competition; and Chicago Family Health Center conducts screenings.

St. Louis

On Nov. 17, with more than 3,600 people attended a St. Louis gospel tour event - the most ever in this market.

Fifth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Health Fair and Luncheon

At the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Health Fair and Luncheon in St. Louis, more than 200 people were screened for glucose, cholesterol, high blood pressure and BMI. There were also holistic dental screenings, posture analyses, smoking cessation resources and referrals.

Other highlights included:

  • Heart-health messaging from Dr. Randell Edgell, assistant professor and director of Interventional and Vascular Neurology.
  • Kim Bouldin-Jones, a young, vigorous global consultant, shared her story of surviving cardiomyopathy and two TIAs.
  • Brian Courtney Wilson, a seven-time Dove Award nominee, national recording artist and National Power Ambassador, shared his gift of music, and a compelling personal story of his family's experience with stroke.

Power Ambassadors dancing for heart in Milwaukee

The Health Equity Council hosted its first-ever recognition event for Power To End Stroke on June 4 in Milwaukee. The event garnered support from more than 100 Power To End Stroke supporters.

Presenters included:

Catharine Malmsten: Only African-American cardiologist in southeastern Wisconsin
Sharron Coffie: 25-plus year clinical nurse specialist in cardiac care
Elizabeth Coggs: State representative
Sonya Wren: Newly inducted HEQ Board Member

Color Me Red Fashion Show in Milwaukee

The Color Me Red fashion show was organized by Power To End Stroke Ambassadors and Health Ministry of Parklawn Assembly of God to bring light to the cause of heart disease and heart-health awareness. AHA Health Equity Council Member Myanna Gee shared her testimonial along with signs and symptoms of heart disease. The event reached more than 200 people and raised $1,000.

Southwest Affiliate

Power Fitness in Little Rock, AR

The Power Fitness event was held on Saturday, March 31st, Greater Second Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. It was an event which educated participants about nutrition, physical education, and cardiovascular health. The event was fun, successful, and participants were pleased with the interaction. There were 100 people in attendance. The day began with a session on nutrition which was led by Stephanie Walker-Hynes, School Lunch Nutrition Director for Little Rock School District.

Then participants took the Simple 7 Assessment to get their cardiovascular score and this portion was led my American Heart Association Simple 7 Project Interns.

The third activity was an interactive cooking segment where participants were placed four to a table. They were given the recipe for the Easy Chicken Salad from the Simple Cooking With Heart, cooking utensils, and the recipe items. Each table made their own recipe and then plated it for presentation. They ate the chicken salad that they prepared, fresh fruit, whole wheat crackers and drank bottled water. Then we worked together to clean our areas and got ready for exercise.

Our last session was physical activity. Participants were told to wear their workout clothes and be ready. They were led in Zumba by WOW Fitness and Dunbar Community Center lead them in line dancing activities. The group did the popular dances "The Wobble" and "Chinese Checkers".

Adults, teens and the children said that the event was a lot of fun. All adults left the event with the Simple Cooking with Heart Website information so that they could check out other recipes, Power To End Stroke educational information, a AHA Go Red For Women stretch band for exercise at home and a community resource directory which offers community resources. Those resources also included information on free and sliding scale clinics in the area.

The children received a small goody bag with party favors and a jump rope. In the kids area they played bucket race, musical chairs, dance-dance, table top basketball, a "Simon Says" type game that is played with the feet.

We are ready for next year's event.

Most Powerful Voices Gospel Tour in the SouthWest

The Power to End Stroke Gospel Tour is the SouthWest Affiliate's annual event to help educate African- Americans about their increased risk for stroke and how to recognize and respond to the warning signs. Read More.

The San Antonio division hosted a Power Gospel Tour with Kirk Franklin on Nov. 5 at New Creation Christian Fellowship Church. The event was sold out at just under 3,000 people and activated 32 Power To End Stroke Ambassadors. Dr. Melissa Walker, a local physician and volunteer, shared her personal connection with stroke and invited the audience to support the campaign. Attendees received stroke prevention materials.

Great Rivers Affiliate

2nd Annual Power To End Stroke Comedy Luncheon

On Saturday, June 2nd the 2nd Annual Power To End Stroke Comedy Luncheon featuring comedians George Willborn and Alex Ortiz was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Independence. The event captured approximately 500 people from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds including the Latino, African American and Caucasian communities.

There were chilling stroke survivors testimonies along with a informative theme centered around "Your Health is Your Greatest Wealth." This theme was delivered by a panel of experts from PNC Bank, Aflac, University Hospitals and Kaiser Permanente and facilitated by Dr. Gisele Greene Chief Medical Officer & Sr. Vice President from Sisters of Charity Health Systems; also an advisor for Health Equity.

The event generated an abundance of excitement when 3 individuals were awarded the 2012 You Are The Power Award. Sister Alicia Alvarado, William Forester and Stephanie Tubbs Jones, posthumously. Barbara Walker received the award on behalf of her sister Stephanie and delivered the message of hope and shared the power of knowing your family health history.

Other guests included Campy Russell, Cavs Director of Alumni Relations, Randall McShepard, VP Public Affairs, RPM Inc., Dr. Charles Modlin of Cleveland Clinic; Dr. Edgar Jackson; Dr. Ronald Copeland, President Kaiser Permanente; Andres Gonzalez, Director of Diversity, Cleveland Clinic; Pastor Michelle Moore of Cathedral Worship Center all HEQ Advisors along with Nicole A. Sapio AHA/ASA Executive Vice President, Michele Bolles, AHA/ASA Sr. Vice President and Jeff Embleton, President AHA/ASA Board of Directors.

Mid-Atlantic Affiliate

Click to view the 2011 Power To End Stroke Highlight Video.

Power To End Stroke Jazz Brunch: Baltimore, Maryland

In partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine, the American Heart and Stroke Association's Power To End Stroke campaign hosted the 5th Annual Power To End Stroke Jazz Brunch and Food Tasting on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum. More than 200 people were on hand to learn about the Power To End Stroke campaign, how to recognize warning signs of stroke and what they can do to improve their health and prevent stroke. The event included a health fair with blood pressure screenings, weight, nutrition and patient counseling.

Victor C. Urrutia, MD, FAHA

Special guest chef, Marc Anthony Bynum, past winner of Food Network's "Chopped," conducted a healthy-cooking demonstration during the brunch and joined local chefs, Huda and Cynthia Anderson, as a judge of the "Student Cook-Off" competition between Tia Berry from Stratford University and Adanna Ashley from the University of the District of Columbia.

Media coverage leading up to the Jazz Brunch included television interviews with Brenda Johnson and stroke survivor, Tia Timpson, on WJZ-TV 13 and Dr. Anjail Sharrif of Johns Hopkins Medicine on WBAL-TV 11.

Tia Timpson Rashida Jolley Brenda Johnson/Tia Timpson Dr. Anjail Sharrif

Featured above:
  • Pictured 22 year old Tia Timpson spoke at the Power to End Stroke Jazz Brunch and shared her powerful story about surviving a stroke at the age of 19. Tia continues to inspire us all with her remarkable strength!
  • International recording artist Rashida Jolley performed and shared her commitment to helping the AHA/ASA spread the word about prevention of heart disease and stroke.
  • Power To End Stroke Jazz Brunch Interview with Brenda Johnson from Johns Hopkins Medicine and Stroke Survivor Tia Timpson on WJZ-TV 13 - On Time with GiGi Barnett.
  • Power To End Stroke Jazz Brunch Interview with Dr. Anjail Sharrif from Johns Hopkins Medicine on WBAL-TV 11

Special congratulations to the entire American Heart Association team in Baltimore led by Jessica Moise, Annette Fisher, Kimberly Mays and Faye Brooks for organizing this amazing event. A huge thanks to our wonderful volunteers: Brenda Johnson, RN; Victor Urrutia, MD; Vabren Watts, PhD; Edie Taylor and Cat Ximenez from Johns Hopkins Medicine and Office of Community Health and Kelly McNeil-Jones with The Medicines Company for their continued partnership in making this Jazz Brunch the best ever.

Power Sundays are Blazin' in the Carolinas!

Warner Temple AME Zion, Wilmington, NC
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Rev. Dr. Clifford Barnett, Sr., Senior Pastor

In addition to conducting a very successful Simple Cooking with Heart Demonstration in November and a Go Red Sunday in February, on Sunday, May 06, Warner Temple added another of the American Heart Association initiatives to their list of health awareness campaigns. Being a part of the Power Sunday event really helped the congregation to understand the signs of stroke and the risk that it has, especially for communities of color. Dedicatedly led by Dr. Barnett, who is also a High Level Advocate, the church is always partnering with other churches and organizations to host health events and interactive workshops. The community expects Warner Temple AME Zion to continue to lead the effort in Wilmington, NC to reduce heart disease and stroke.

First Baptist Church, Lumberton, NC
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Rev. Dr. T. R. Murray, Senior Pastor
Jay Leggett, Power Sunday Coordinator
Lisa McDougald, Power Sunday Coordinator

On Sunday, May 2012, the First Baptist Church in Lumberton, NC joined many churches across the nation in raising awareness of stroke and its adverse affects to the community. As the church celebrates "Living Abundantly", their theme for this quarter focuses on health. Dr. Murray asked for all of the members who either suffered from a stroke, had a family member who experienced a stroke, or had to care for a family member or friend who suffered from a stroke to stand up. From a packed house, about 95% of the people stood up. He said that he could tell by the astonished expressions on everyone's faces, "that they were really connecting the dots about how important this issue is and realized the enormous impact Stroke is having on our community and in our church family specifically", says Leggette, event co-coordinator. The litany and family tree were included in the church bulletin and the members recited the litany together led by Dr. Murray. His lasting comments included encouraging the members to complete the family tree and learn the signs and risk factors of Stroke.

Additional North and South Carolina Churches Celebrating Power Sundays in May and June 2012

Gospel Mission Apostolic Church (Goose Creek/Charleston, SC) 04/29/12
Wake Chapel Church (Raleigh, NC) 05/20/12
Greater Emmanuel Temple (Greenville, SC) 05/27/12
The Family Worship Center (Yemassee, SC) 05/27/12
Living Word Free Will Baptist Church (Black Creek, NC) 06/13/12
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church (Apex, NC) May & June 2012

Advocating for better children's diets in D.C.

On Nov. 12, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Advocates for Better Children's Diets, and the University of the District of Columbia held the second training/cooking program on nutrition and wellness for faith-based organizations. Read More.

Power To End Stroke Brunch

The 4th Annual Power To End Stroke Jazz Brunch was held at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Maryland) on May 14. This was a joint effort of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Office of Community Health. The goal was to bring stroke awareness to the community during Stroke Awareness Month. More than 70 people took part in blood pressure screening, weight management consulting and risk factor education and nutritionist consulting while enjoying the music of SPICE Band. There were separate stroke presentations for men and for women, a fitness demonstration and a cooking demonstration. Special guest George Willborn, also a National Ambassador with Power To End Stroke, helped bring joy and happiness.


For more information about the Power affiliate activities or any other Power To End Stroke activities please contact: Michelle Raphael.