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Los Alamos Heart Council History, Mission And Vision

on September 22, 2017 - 1:58pm

Staff Report:

The Los Alamos Heart Council (LAHC) was formed in August 1984 to promote heart health and wellness in our communities. It serves Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

Council membership is open to anyone who wishes to help in the work as defined by the LAHC mission.   The Los Alamos Heart Council receives funds from Los Alamos Medical Center as it partner in putting Health on the LA Fair and receives sponsorship funds from NM Bank & Trust and the Los Alamos Community Foundation as sponsors of the Health Fair, as well as accepting donations and memorials.

A nine member Board of Directors, elected by the Council for 3-year terms, is responsible for the overall oversight of the Council. Board members include founder Dr. A Carolyn Linnebur, Cardiologist and Internist; Philip Gursky‏, President; Pat Majerus, Vice President; Bertha Rutherford, Secretary; Lorraine Hartway, Treasurer and members Chris Michelloti, Susan Geisler, Larry Brown and Vicky Rose. Meetings are held monthly on the first Wednesday evening of every month at the Los Alamos Medical Center. The non-profit, 501(c)(3), is an all volunteer organization incorporated by the State of New Mexico. Anyone interested in joining the Council may call 267.816.0299.

The vision of the Los Alamos Heart Council is to promote heart health and wellness in the communities of northern New Mexico. Its mission is to develop, implement and support community-wide programs in Los Alamos and northern New Mexico focusing on the prevention of heart disease by encouraging heart-healthy lifestyles through wellness awareness, health/fitness/nutrition education and community partnerships.

The Los Alamos Heart Council accomplishes this in part through the annual Los Alamos Health Fair in partnership with the Los Alamos Medical Center with the participation of medical and health organizations throughout the County.

 The Health Fair strives to promote health awareness and healthful decision-making through activities and educational material distribution, identifies health resources and services in the community, and provides the opportunity for health screening and self-assessment.

For the past several years attendance at the Health Fair has averaged more than 2,000 people.

This year the LAHC has formalized its longstanding relationship with Los Alamos Medical Center into a partnership. LAMC has long been indispensable putting on the Fair and now going forward is a partner and co-presenter of the Los Alamos Health Fair. Also this year, New Mexico Bank & Trust and the Los Alamos Community Foundation serve as sponsors of the event.

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