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News release, October 20, 2020


LaShannon Spencer, Chief Executive Officer
501.517.0842, lspencer@chc

Rebecca Buerkle, Director of Communications 

Members of the public interested in the health of their senior loved ones are invited to join a "Community Conversation" co-sponsored by the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization, and the Community Health Centers of Arkansas.

A webinar series on senior health will run October 26 through October 30. Each will start at noon and last for one hour. We ask that participants register to join.

“CHCA recognizes the impact COVID-19 has had on many vulnerable populations and its potential to drastically change the health and well-being of people living in Arkansas for many years," said CHCA Chief Executive Officer LaShannon Spencer. "As a result, Community Health Centers of Arkansas and the American Heart Association are working together to help protect our seniors by sharing the most helpful information possible.”

For more information and to register, please go to

Making healthy, informed choices during any decade of life increases the chances of staying healthy. Taking steps to reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic illnesses can help improve quality of life as a person gets older.

When looking at rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD), the 60 – 79 age group reported 77% of males and 78% of females having CVD. For the 80+ age group, the numbers increase to over 89% for males and 92% for females. 

The webinar series, which is also sponsored by CHI St. Vincent and Saline Memorial Hospital, will include several topics including: Telehealth services, cardiovascular disease and vulnerable populations and COVID-19 and senior wellness checks. Each day will include a discussion from a subject matter expert and provide time for a question and answer portion.

“The Baby Boomer generation numbers over 71 million people in the United States. Until 2019 the group made up the largest adult generation in the country. The webinar series aims to provide information that viewers can use themselves and as caregivers,” says Joyce Taylor, Executive Director of the Central Arkansas American Heart Association. 

The series will be rebroadcast on the American Heart Association Arkansas’ Facebook page the following week.

About CHCA: CHCs are non-profit entities fueled by patient revenue and federal grants meant to expand health care access for low-income, minority, and rural populations. CHCs provide many services including primary care, dental, behavioral health, and health education. CHCA is the state Primary Care Association, representing CHCs in the state. Altogether, CHCs in Arkansas serve more than 220,000 people a year at more than 140 sites. For more information on Community Health Centers in Arkansas, please visit:

About the American Heart Association: The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1. 



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119 South Izard Street, Little Rock, AR 72201 501-374-8225

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