Dear Friends and Supporters of The Hope Heart Institute,
Thank you for having been a valued partner in equipping current and future generations to live their healthiest lives and break the generational cycle of cardiovascular disease through school based curriculum and community outreach programs! We want to ensure you receive the most current information about our future direction and know how to reach me directly should you wish to discuss any aspect of The Hope’s programs.
A couple months ago, we began communicating changes taking place within The Hope. To summarize, after careful consideration of how best to expand reach and impact in efficient and effective ways, our Board of Directors decided it should move forward with a plan for placing the organization’s programs and assets with one or more of our community partners and subsequently stop operating as a separate entity.
Throughout the summer, The Hope’s staff have worked hard to meet our program commitments and ensure core programs continue. In addition, we have engaged in conversations with potential strategic program partners about their ability to absorb and continue the extraordinary legacy of The Hope Heart Institute. In the coming months, we look forward to sharing more details about how our programs will carry forward.
In the meantime, please enjoy reading about the great outreach and prevention efforts still taking place and don’t hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-456-8741 with any questions or concerns you might have.
Linda Hall, Interim Executive Director
The Hope Heart Institute
South Park Promotoras
We are very grateful to partner with the South Park Promotoras to increase bystander CPR in Latino communities. Last August, six Promotoras held two community workshops in Spanish and trained seventeen community members. The workshop included video tutorials and hands-on demonstration. After the training, participants completed a feedback form to comment on their experience. Some comments included learning more about CPR rescue breaths and infant CPR. At the end of the workshop, all the participants received a certificate of participation for attending the training.
Thank you to the South Park Promotoras for this amazing partnership!
Women Take Heart Program
The Women Take Heart (WTH) is the final intervention to take place within the multi-level Renton Take Heart program. WTH is a lifestyle intervention to examine the impact of lifestyle changes on heart health. Specifically, WTH is targeted at changing daily eating and exercise habits through an intervention and education group. The intervention is composed of a multi-modal approach applying group-based therapy, education, and activities aimed at assisting in changing behaviors.
Latina Health Symposia – Granger & Renton
Two Latina Health Symposia were hosted in both Granger, WA and Renton, WA during the month of September. These events were brought to the public through a collaboration between the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health Region X, and other sponsors including Hope Heart, Fred Hutch, and Molina Healthcare. The symposium provided participants with information and tools to use in working with the Latina population around health issues. This year’s theme focused on raising empowered Latinas! Speakers covered topics such as healthy eating, active living, and resources for positive parenting and good mental health. We saw a total of 200 participants between the two events!
Tacoma Pierce County Health Department Cooking Demos
We had an opportunity to partner with the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department to work together this summer for cooking demos! Here are some pictures to share with you!
Thank You, Alex Kaschik
For the fourth year in a row, Alex has raised funds for an automated external defibrillator (AED) to be donated in memory of his Uncle Nick, to a community partner in need of this life-saving device. We are happy to announce that he has raised $6,000 this year which will help place 5 AEDs . Thank you Alex for continuing to help save lives and for this generous birthday wish! Having recently relocated to the Houston, Texas area, we wish him and his family all the very best as they serve their new community in the wonderful ways they have served ours for the past few years.
We have been enthusiastically invited to participate in Microsoft’s Give Big Campaign again this year! We are traveling to different Microsoft buildings during the month of October, teaching them to to recognize and respond to a cardiac emergency, how to do hands-only CPR, and how to use an AED. We have had engaging experiences with each group so far, and are proud to teach life-saving skills to those in our community!