DURHAM, N.C., December 12, 2023 — The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization devoted to a world of healthier lives for all, announces Joy Clark, chief people officer at Worldwide Clinical Trials, as the community volunteer chairperson of the 2023-2024 Triangle area Go Red for Women movement. Go Red for Women is a worldwide initiative of the American Heart Association designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women locally, nationally and globally.

Cardiovascular disease is the No.1 killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined. Cardiovascular disease continues to be a woman’s greatest health threat, taking the life of one in every three women.

As the Chief People Officer of a clinical research company that is nearly 75 percent women, and as the mother of two daughters and a son, I am especially passionate about women’s health and health equity,” said Clark. “As I started talking with the American Heart Association, I learned how impactful heart health is for women at critical life stages like adolescence, childbearing and menopause; and, that each year, more women die of heart disease than all cancers combined. The Go Red for Women movement is vital in raising awareness for heart health, making meaningful progress toward health equity, and saving the lives of women around the world.”

“We are thrilled to have Joy’s experience, conviction and passion to drive Go Red in the Triangle as we approach two milestones in 2024, the American Heart Association’s centennial anniversary and the 20th anniversary of the Go Red for Women movement. 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 Tiffany Gholston, chairperson, American Heart Association Board of Directors in the Triangle.

Returning for a fourth year is the Women of Impact/Teen of Impact initiative. Women and teens 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 or Teen of Impact Award Winner.

This year’s Go Red for Women movement and its local achievements will be celebrated on May 10, 2024, at the 2024 Triangle Go Red for Women Evening in Red at the Raleigh Convention Center, nationally sponsored by CVS Health and locally sponsored by Veradigm and Worldwide Clinical Trials.

For more information about Go Red for Women, visit Triangle Go Red for Women | Homepage (event.gives) or call 919-931-1375.


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 X.

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Dawn Hall: dawn.hall@heart.org