Meet Jenni Isenhower, Minnesota's Heart Walk Coordinator!
What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association?
I was first drawn to the American Heart Association because it seemed to have its hand in a lot of different things. I’ve learned that the American Heart Association is not just trying to cure heart disease, they are raising funds, providing resources to survivors and caregivers, encouraging healthier lifestyles, and researching new ways to prevent, detect and treat cardiovascular disease and stroke. As well as educating lawmakers, policymakers and the public to advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities. Being an advocate for something that is so needed is why I’ve stayed.
What issues or policies are you most passionate about and why?
I grew up in a very small town surrounded by corn fields so I am passionate about Systems of Care. Often, a lot of the System of Care legislative / doctor talk goes over my head. However, I know that statistics show that minutes matter and can drastically change the outcomes for victims of a STEMI Heart Attack. I love the idea that anyone in the state of Minnesota, even those who are surrounded by corn fields, will get the fastest and best care, anywhere in the state. “Where you live, should not determine IF you live.”
What is your favorite advocacy memory or experience so far and what made it great?
Attending the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Day at the Capitol has been my favorite experience so far. It was astounding to see all of the people gathered together to be the voice for tiny humans to make a difference in their lives and the lives of future generations.
What is your favorite way to be active?
Anything that involves a new adventure… biking, hiking, kayaking, climbing, snowboarding, twirling!
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