ACHA Welcomes Eliza Fernie as Community Development Coordinator in Colorado

Posted Monday, Jul 09, 2018

The Adult Congenital Heart Association establishes a formal presence in Colorado and continues to improve the lives of those living with congenital heart disease.

The only organization in the country that specifically serves adults with congenital heart disease (CHD), the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) has named Eliza Fernie Community Development Coordinator for Denver. In this role, Fernie will plan, implement, and lead local program and development initiatives, including patient and family education and resource groups, CHD conferences, fundraising and volunteer activities, and overall community outreach.

“As our organization continues to expand, building a stronger presence in Colorado was one of the six regions we have targeted for 2018,” said Mark Roeder, President and CEO of ACHA. “We felt Eliza’s extensive portfolio exceeded our expectations. Her ability to create and implement outreach plans, manage training courses, and collaborate with researchers and clinicians proves that she has the skills and knowledge to be successful in her role. We are thrilled that she has joined the ACHA team.”

A community health specialist, Fernie’s current role as Facilitator for Colorado’s Adult & Adolescent Congenital Heart Defect Surveillance Project Patient Advisory Group, as well as her previous positions held at Colorado Visiting Nurse Association including Clinical Operations Coordinator and Wellness Education Project Coordinator, will enable her to strength ACHA’s relationships with existing hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the community.

“The relationships I’ve built in the Greater Denver Metro Area strengthen my ability to generate awareness of CHD and ACHA throughout the region,” said Fernie. “I am excited to be a part of this organization, and look forward to helping ACHA address the unmet needs of individuals living with the county’s most common type of birth defect—congenital heart defects.”

Fernie graduated from Colorado College and then earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University before returning to Colorado to improve health in her home state. 

About the Adult Congenital Heart Association 

The Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and extending the lives of adults with congenital heart disease (CHD). ACHA serves and supports the more than one million adults with CHD, their families and the medical community—working with them to address the unmet needs of the long-term survivors of congenital heart defects through education, outreach, advocacy, and promotion of ACHD research. For more information about ACHA, contact (888) 921-ACHA or visit