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Local News: Mohawk Valley Leaders Make Bold Commitments to Heart and Brain Health

POUGHKEEPSIE, June 10, 2022 — On the ninety-eighth anniversary of the founding of the American Heart Association, Mohawk Valley leaders are making bold commitments to stand with the Association as it drives toward its 2024 Impact Goal, which is focused on improving cardiovascular health for all while identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

“As champions for health equity, the American Heart Association believes that everyone everywhere deserves the opportunity to live a full and healthy life” said

Steve Gassner, administrative officer for the Mohawk Valley Water Authority and chair of the Mohawk Valley Board of Directors of the American Heart Association. “Although we have made tremendous progress in fighting heart disease and stroke in our community, our work is far from complete. The American Heart Association Founders Day provides a great reminder that we must continue the fight so every single person in our community has access to the resources they need to be healthy.”

The American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, was founded in 1924 by six cardiologists, and  the distinguished achievements of the organization over nearly one hundred years are the result of the passion of more than 40 million volunteers, supporters and employees who together have raised – and funded — more than $4.8 billion in research.

For nearly a century, the American Heart Association has saved and improved lives, pioneered scientific discovery and advocated for healthy public policies in communities across the country. These bold moves have helped transform the nation’s overall health and significantly reduce heart disease and stroke death rates.

”We are just getting started on the next chapter of our relentless work to end heart disease and stroke,” Gassner said. “We know that we can’t achieve our monumental goals alone and are grateful to the Mohawk Valley community for the passion and commitment they give to support the mission of the American Heart Association.”

Driving to achieve the 2024 Impact Goal, the American Heart Association will continue to lead breakthroughs in science and technology, improve health care and advocate for federal, state and local policies drive healthier lifestyles.

To learn more about the American Heart Association, visit or contact for more information.

Mark Ziobro
Mark Ziobro
Mark is the current Managing Editor for The Utica Phoenix, and a Central New York Native.

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