Cheryl Anderson, PhD, MPH, FAHA
Welcome to the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Epidemiology and Prevention!
We are a multidisciplinary council dedicated to improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans. Our members study and impact population and individual health using molecular, epidemiological, social, technological, data analytic and advocacy tools to understand and improve the causes, consequences, and prevention of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and stroke. We are dedicated to promoting a social, health care and public health environment that fosters optimal and equitable cardiovascular health across the lifespan and in diverse populations. We enthusiastically welcome anyone — from any discipline or background — who is interested in promoting cardiovascular health and preventing CVD to join our Council.
This is an important and exciting time for the Council, as we play a lead role in efforts to help the AHA achieve its Strategic Impact Goals: “By 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20%, while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20%.” We hope that you will add your energy and knowledge to achieving these bold goals.
The Council embraces and embodies each of the AHA’s 8 Guiding Values in everything that we do:
- Bringing Science to Life
- Improving and Extending People’s Lives
- Building Powerful Partnerships
- Speaking with a Trustworthy Voice
- Inspiring Passionate Commitment
- Making an Extraordinary Impact
- Meeting People Where They Are
- Ensuring Equitable Health for All
It is also a time of tremendous opportunity for Council members, with all of the novel means at our disposal for measuring, monitoring and improving health at the cellular, tissue, individual, community and population level. Through our efforts in education, we also strive to train the next generation of multidisciplinary and translational researchers and practitioners, grounded in solid methodology and scientific principles.
We hope you will help contribute to this mission by continuing your involvement with the Council through the following engagement opportunities:
- Council committee membership
- Attendance at our Joint Spring Conference – EPI/Lifestyle Scientific Sessions
- Attendance at AHA Annual Scientific Sessions
- Attendance at Council Dinners – held at both above-mentioned conferences
- Public advocacy initiatives
- Nominations for Council awards
- Application for Fellowship (FAHA) status
- And many more
We also hope you will contribute to this cause by recruiting a colleague to join our Council to help keep it dynamic and relevant.
Thank you again for your dedication to our Council and to the American Heart Association.
Cheryl Anderson, PhD, MPH, FAHA
Chair, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention
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