Our 2015-16 Georgia Advocacy Committee is composed of 12 individuals from across the state with different occupations, who have a great interest in advocating for policy change for heart-health issues. Throughout the year, we will introduce some of our members. Today, we'd like you to meet long time volunteer, Kimberly Goodloe of Atlanta.
Occupation: American Heart Association Advocate Hero and Volunteer
How long have you been a volunteer with the AHA and in what capacity? Since, May 2010.
[Volunteer Advocacy Resume]
May 2010: American Heart Association ( volunteer)
November 2011: Go Red For Women Passion Committee Member
2013: You’re The Cure Advocate
October 2013 : Georgia Advocacy Subcommittee Member
January 2014 & 2015 : ML KING Celebration/United Ebony Society; Health Fair Coordinator : Lawrenceville, Georgia
July 2015: National Volunteer Ambassador; American Heart Association’s Heart Valve Disease Program
July 2015: Community Champion: American Heart Association Heart Walk Committee
July 2015: Vice Chair: Georgia Advocacy Subcommittee Member
Who or what inspires you to help and volunteer your time to the work of the American Heart Association? I love to encourage heart/stroke patients and their caregivers by sharing my story of survival from three surgeries because so many people are suffering in silence.
What heart healthy issue is most important to you and why? Staying Active: it’s good for my heart.
What are two ways you keep yourself healthy? Making healthy food choices & exercising
How is your community healthy that makes you proud? Smoke free air, beautiful community parks, many sidewalks, and bike lanes
How do you stay updated on current public policies in your state? By responding to the You’re The Cure Alerts & reading valuable information posted on the You’re The Cure & American Herat Association website(s)
If you could help advocate for one change in your state, what would it be and why? Advocate for the uninsured; because so many people are in need of affordable healthcare in our state.
Do you have a favorite American Heart Association/American Stroke Association event you annually attend? What is your motivation to participate? I love attending the annual Go Red For Women Luncheon , Go Red Lobby Day at the Georgia State Capitol and Metro Atlanta Heart Walk. During Lobby Day, I am given the opportunity to share my journey and health care topics with state lawmakers. At the luncheon, I enjoy the great food, fun and fellowship with other volunteers, survivors and staff. I enjoy the Heart Walk because I love raising funds to support medical research and walk in honor of every family affected by heart disease and stroke.
Have you attended a state or federal lobby day on behalf of the AHA? If so, please briefly explain your experience. Yes, I traveled to Washington D.C. in April 2013. I attended the Medical Rally and American Heart Association You’re The Cure Lobby Day. It was such a pleasure to attend the rally and meet with the various state lawmakers. Sharing my heart journey and using my voice to advocate for the uninsured patients throughout the state of Georgia brings me great satisfaction.
What have you learned in your time being a You’re the Cure advocate? It’s important ( as an heart disease survivor) to use my voice, gift of service to help empower the community.
Why would you tell a friend or family member to join You’re the Cure? To learn more about public policy and encourage them to become educated in all the wonderful things the American Heart Association is involved in for healthy changes not only in Georgia, but across the nation.
Tell us one unique thing about yourself. Despite my daily health obstacles, I keep moving forward helping the community live a happier, healthier, lifestyle.