Over 100 diversity leaders from around the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 12 state Midwest Affiliate were invited to participate in a forward-thinking summit focusing on diversity earlier this month at the Kimpton Gray Hotel in Chicago. Those Affiliate states include Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri.
West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda and Executive Director of Healthy West Chicago (HWC), Andi Cooper, shared their message about how Healthy West Chicago (HWC), a collaborative of community partners in West Chicago, aims to make the City the healthiest in the region. Mayor Pineda delivered a presentation discussing “Effective Recruitment, Onboarding, and Engagement”.
“We are dedicated to reducing health disparities as we fight chronic diseases on behalf of our diverse community,” said Mayor Pineda.
As one of twenty-nine business entities within West Chicago, the City recently signed on to Healthy West Chicago’s “Rethink Your Drink Initiative” and is committed to educating its employees and residents about the health implications of consuming sugary beverages like soda and juice. The initiative was supported through a grant funded by the American Heart Association.
Diversity and inclusion are essential to reaching AHA’s 2020 Impact Goal – to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent. Like Healthy West Chicago, the AHA is striving to change unhealthy environments by building a “culture of health” where healthy choices are the easy choices.