ACHA Members and Supporters,
We all can agree these are indeed exceptional times for our CHD family, our nation and our global community. While so much is unknown, I hope all of you are actively engaging in the necessary recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and many states and municipalities to help keep you and your family healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Adult Congenital Heart Association is actively monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The safety of our members and supporters is of utmost importance to us. For that reason, ACHA will continue to monitor COVID-19 and assess the status of our events.
ACHA ACHD Program Accreditation continues to develop and grow with 34 fully accredited programs and several more initiating and completing the process. Programs of all sizes—with widespread geographic locations and various care models—have met the criteria to become fully accredited. The ACHA Accreditation Program was designed and developed by providers and patients to meet the needs of the ACHD patient population and improve the quality of care delivered throughout the United States.
The Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) has announced Evan Michael Zahn, MD, professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Guerin Family Congenital Heart Program in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai, as its honoree for the organization’s Los Angeles Benefit on November 2. Dr. Zahn will be honored for his contributions to the field of adult congenital cardiology during a fundraiser from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Propagator, part of Firestone Walker Brewing Company, in Marina Del Rey.
The Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) has funded six research grants to advance the science of congenital heart disease (CHD) in adults. With the advent of this new ACHA program, the organization aims to improve the lives of CHD patients and future generations in partnership with medical professionals.
“If it were not for medical research and innovation, adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) would not exist as a field,” says Jamil Aboulhosn, MD, FACC, FSCAI, ACHA Medical Advisory Board Chair, noting that in the textbooks of the early 20th century, there was barely a mention of CHD. “There are so many questions that are still unasked and unanswered in this field and it is imperative that we do our part to move things forward, and that can only happen through research and innovation.”
On Tuesday, March 5, nearly 200 fellow advocates will be on Capitol Hill meeting with their Members of Congress as part of the 2018 Congenital Heart Legislative Conference.
They are asking their lawmakers to support research, data collection and awareness activities related to congenital heart disease (CHD), and to support the more than 2.4 million Americans living with the lifelong consequences of congenital heart disease.
We need you to participate from home!
We are excited to launch our new Online Community, which provides our members with opportunities to connect with one another and ACHA! All information from the previous Discussion Forum you've known for years has been transferred to our new Online Community, including usernames and passwords.