After 31 years of service to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, it is bittersweet that we announce that Julie Brackett, Vice President of Advocacy for the Great Rivers Affiliate, retired on August 3rd.
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Julie’s AHA career is paved with success and impact. She joined the American Heart Association in 1987 as Communications Director for the Kentucky Affiliate. Over the years, she advanced to Advocacy Director, then Senior Director, then VP of Advocacy for the Great Rivers Affiliate in 2006.
Julie’s outstanding achievements have earned her national and affiliate awards in Communications, Advocacy and Leadership. During her 31 years of service, Julie has led the way in passage of policies that include smoke-free indoor air, pulse-oximetry screening for newborns and CPR in schools, to name just a few of her dozens of public health policy successes that have made our communities healthier.
We are excited that Julie has joined her husband, Joe, in retirement. She will miss the thrill of a policy win, but is looking forward to the next chapter of her life – spending time with family, traveling, volunteering and gardening. Julie’s legacy will live on through the three-plus decades of impacting legislation and health, and through the many friends she has made through her work with Heart. Happy Retirement, Julie!