The American Heart Association announced Sharonda Williams, general counsel and director of government affairs at Loyola University, as the community volunteer chair of the 2022-2023 New Orleans area Go Red for Women movement. Go Red for Women is a worldwide initiative of the American Heart Association to increase women’s heart and brain health awareness and to improve the of women locally, nationally, and globally.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined. It continues to be a woman’s greatest health threat, taking the life of one in every three women.
“Having family members, including both of my grandmothers, who have suffered from cardiovascular disease, including strokes, I know first-hand the importance of awareness around heart and stroke signs, symptoms, and lifestyle changes to prevent or live with them,” Williams said.
“Living with risk factors ranging from our diets in this food mecca where we live, and the stressors of the social and global health events that have been affecting us, the work and research the American Heart Association does is even more important. I am looking forward to connecting with our community through the Go Red initiative to spread awareness and build a healthier New Orleans.”
“We are thrilled to have Sharonda’s experience, conviction and passion help to drive Go Red in New Orleans. Her passion for building a healthier community and dedication to serving others through the mission of the American Heart Association is boundless. Together, we know that we will have a positive impact on the lives of women in our community and the families that depend on them,” said Coretta LaGarde, executive director, American Heart Association in Greater New Orleans.
A new addition to Go Red for Women this year is the Women of Impact initiative. Women are nominated by their peers to participate. The nominees will recruit champions from their networks to form a fundraising team and have a direct impact on women’s health and the Go Red for Women vision of creating a passionate community dedicated to addressing health.
issues unique to women. The nominee whose team makes the largest impact in each market will be named the local Woman of Impact Award Winner. This year’s Go Red for Women movement and its local achievements will be celebrated on March 3 at the 2023 New Orleans Go Red for Women Luncheon, locally sponsored by Entergy, United Healthcare, LCMC Health, and LAMMICO.