PORTLAND, Oregon, April 26, 2023 — Krista Tappan from southwest Portland has been named the 2023 Oregon and southwest Washington Woman of Impact Award Winner. The recognition by the American Heart Association, devoted to a world of healthier lives for all, is awarded annually to the Woman of Impact nominee who earns the most points during a 9-week fundraising and heart health education drive.  

Tappan earned the award, part of the American Heart Association’s long-standing Go Red for Women® movement, for leading her team to achieve over 25,000 points including fundraising and community engagement opportunities for the American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative.

 “It is an honor to be named the Woman of Impact for Oregon and southwest Washington,” Krista said. “I just wanted to a do a good job for a great cause. I'm blown away by the support given to me by my family, friends, and business partners, and the AHA team."

Each year, a group of Oregon and southwest Washington women are nominated by their peers to embark on a journey starting on National Wear Red Day in February and culminating on April 6 to earn the local title.

Collectively, this year’s nominees and their Impact Teams made up of friends, family and personal connections raised more than $30,000 for the Oregon and southwest Washington American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.

“We are so grateful to Tappan and to all of our nominees for their work elevating the Go Red for Women message and raising critical funds in support of our local mission,” said Nick Brodnicki, Oregon and southwest Washington Association executive director. “While our work is far from finished, we’ve made considerable progress in women’s heart health awareness. With advocates like Krista and our other Woman of Impact nominees leading the way, our city is stronger and our future is brighter.”

While a large majority of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease continues to be a woman’s greatest health threat, taking the life of 1 in 3 women. Research published by the American Heart Association shows that younger women, particularly Millennials and Gen Z may not be aware of their risk for heart disease and stroke[1] For more information or to get involved visit heart.org/Oregon.

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About Go Red for Women® 

The American Heart Association’s signature initiative, Go Red for Women®, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. While the majority of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. For 19 years, Go Red for Women has encouraged awareness. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power of women to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. The Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause supporters. For more information, please visit GoRedforWomen.org or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721). 

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For local media inquiries:

Jay Wintermeyer, Jay.wintermeyer@heart.org