GREATER CINCINNATI AFRICAN AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
Because Hope is Where the Heart is!
Here at Greater Cincinnati African American Heart Association, GCAAHA.
It is always our first concern to make safety, good health, and well-being for all a top priority.
With the present health concerns brought on by COVID-19. We are making internal changes to practice social distancing, and developing a new and safe way of providing service to the community.
Our team of professionals is at work developing a stronger online presence for our site visitors. As an alternative, we are working to set up new interactive features for engaging our site visitors, and social media networks.
We ask for your continued patience, as we continue to make new changes and updates as our time allows.
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Thank you for your continued support as every dollar enables us to continue to provide services that support individuals and families challenged by heart disease.
Be safe, and stay well!!
WHO WE ARE
Here at Greater Cincinnati African American Heart Assoc.,
To increase knowledge, and awareness of the early signs of heart disease, and to promote good health practices.
To see individuals making healthier choices and decisions that will help them to achieve a healthier quality of life.
We believe good health is the primary factor in living a good quality of life.
We strive to increase awareness, education, and community support, giving special attention to the needs of those at a greater risk of poor health, based on social and economic disparities.
We believe that knowledge and awareness are key in helping individuals to make better health choices for themselves and their families. We are guided by ethical principles in our business affairs and strive for excellence in all the work we do.
GCAAHA is a not-for-profit charitable organization. We are happy to provide a contribution acknowledgement for tax purposes upon request.
The Full Story
GCAAHA was founded and established by Sandra A. Wright. Wright is a heart-transplant survivor who through her own experience recognized the need for a support system. Wright discovered there is an essential demand for implementation of a system that provides various avenues of supportive access for the specific cultural needs of the African American community. Wright has endured the unfortunate experiences of battling consistent complications of comorbidities and systemic inequities of the healthcare system. Wright has firsthand knowledge of how one may encounter feelings of loss, disconnect, exclusion, and empty emotions due to navigating through the process of obtaining treatment for heart disease.
Wright’s unique experience and perspective allows for others facing these challenges, especially in the African American community to connect with her point of view. Wright possesses the ability to be relatable to her clients and impart authentic levels of empathy, understanding and genuine concern of their individual plight.
SURVIVOR STORIES AND TESTIMONIALS
Greater Cincinnati African American Heart Association survivor stories. The factual written accounts from the journeys of an individual's challenges and triumphs in the battle against heart disease.
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."
Coretta Scott King
In June of 2014, while on vacation in Chicago I was rushed to the hospital at the age of 58. I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Up until then, I had no signs of heart issues. Therefore, I was in denial the first year of my diagnosis. As time went on, the condition worsened. By the summer of 2017, I had to have a "Heart Transplant."
I give all praises to God! I am so grateful to the donor, and their family. In addition, to the awesome doctors, and nurses that cared for me. It is so important to listen to your body and the people that know and love you. Get regular checkups of your heart and vitals. Know your numbers and warning signs. In addition, if you doubt a diagnosis, get a second or third opinion. You could possibly do yourself more harm by being in denial.
My experience has truly been life-changing! I'm so grateful that God spared my life. Now, I live each day FOR HIS GLORY, and to pay it forward by serving others as the Founder and President of the Greater Cincinnati African American Heart Association.
Sandra A. Wright
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