As Oregon’s new Government Relations Director, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Christina Bodamer and it is a privilege to join the important work of the American Heart Association.
For me, as is it for so many, this work is personal. I lost my father to a heart attack when I was 12 years old, and have lost far too many others to the ravaging effects of tobacco addiction. As a longtime supporter of the AHA, it is a dream come true to be able to now call this work, this passion, my job.
Having worked in healthcare advocacy for 8 years, I hope to bring a new perspective to continue to help move the work of the AHA forward. Oregon has seen monumental change to not only its healthcare delivery system, but its education system in the last few years, and with these changes come exciting opportunities.
Next February I’ll be advocating in the Capitol to ensure the AHA’s data-driven strategies and grassroots voices resonate with our decision makers as they make important decisions. But in the meantime, there is a lot of work to be done. I will be looking to you to share your expertise, personal stories, and passion for AHA’s mission. It is YOUR voice that enable us to pass vital policies to fight cardiovascular disease and stroke.
I’ll keep you posted about important opportunities to take action in the coming months, so please don’t hesitate to say hello – [email protected]. I can’t wait to work with you to continue to build healthy communities free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.