New VP of American Heart Association Focusing on Improving Health in Communities

New VP of American Heart Association Focusing on Improving Health in Communities


With heart failure on the forefront of elderly people being hospitalized, a new Senior Vice President of Health Strategies for the Midwest Affiliate of American Heart Association is hoping to change that.

The world’s leading voluntary health organization announced today that Dr. Jeff Willett will be overseeing strategies that advance the work of the Association, including changing policy, leading breakthroughs in science and technology, changing systems, transforming healthcare and transforming communities. The Association’s Midwest Affiliate covers a span of 11 states, which Dr. Willett will be helping to lead.

"Dr. Willett joins the Association with more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit health leadership. He brings a strong background in health policy, community health, research and evaluation and media relations," said Kevin Harker, executive vice president, American Heart Association in a press release. "In his new role Jeff will lead health strategies for the affiliate developing, monitoring and ensuring execution of short and long-term strategies for health impact in both rural and urban areas."

Dr. Willett previously served as the vice president of the Truth Initiative in Washington D.C. and led a team of health policy researchers whose focus was on tobacco prevention. He also spent five years as Vice President of Programs and Policy for the Kansas Health Foundation.

"I'm excited for this opportunity; the American Heart Association has an incredible team of staff, volunteers and partners working to create opportunities for all people to live healthier lives," said Dr. Willett. "It's an honor to work alongside the individuals who are improving health in our communities."

The American Heart Association noted that 69.1% of men and 67.9% of women between 60-79 years of age in the United States have Cardiovascular Disease; and with age, those numbers increase. 

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Jodelle Maglaya
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