Heart to Heart Ambassadors

The ACHA Heart to Heart and Ambassador Program connects ACHA patient and family members with trained peers who provide support, guidance and resources.

While each person’s experience with congenital heart disease (CHD) is unique, many patients find it helpful to talk to someone who has been or is currently in a similar medical situation. ACHA's Heart to Heart (H2H) and Ambassador Program offers members of ACHA and their family the opportunity to connect one-on-one with other CHD patients or family members in a positive, supportive way through the Heart to Heart Ambassador program.

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Heart to Heart Program

The ACHA Heart to Heart (H2H) Program connects ACHA patient and family members with trained peers who provide support, guidance, and resources.

While each person’s experience with congenital heart disease (CHD) is unique, many patients find it helpful to talk to someone who has been or is currently in a similar medical situation. ACHA’s Heart to Heart Program offers members of ACHA and their family the opportunity to connect one-on-one with other CHD patients or family members in a positive, supportive way.

ACHA patient and family members may request to be matched with an Ambassador in the Heart to Heart Program. In order to personalize each match, all participants will talk with the program coordinator via telephone to determine his/her specific needs. Following that, every attempt will be made to connect the member with an Ambassador who has a similar diagnosis, has undergone a similar medical or surgical procedure, or has had to adjust to similar changes in lifestyle, activities, or physical limitations.

The Heart to Heart Program accepts new Ambassador participants after they have completed six months of active service within their Ambassador role and have completed a separate application, interview, and training specifically tailored to this program.

If you think you might benefit from being matched with an Ambassador in the Heart to Heart Program, please click here to complete a support request application.

If you think you might benefit by being matched with an Ambassador, please click here for a support request application.

Ambassador Program

The Ambassador Program champions the mission of ACHA through various volunteer opportunities.

Ambassadors are a visible presence within their communities on behalf of ACHA and the adult congenital heart disease community. They champion ACHA’s mission through raising public awareness, partnering with their local medical communities, creating education resources for their peers, and raising funds to extend the reach of ACHA. Ambassadors are viewed as leaders within this community and as key volunteers within the organization.

Ambassadors are chosen after a comprehensive application and interview process including submitting an application with three references (for patient applicants – one of which must be from an ACHD trained medical professional), an interview with the program coordinator and consultant, and an orientation training program.

The Ambassador Program typically trains 10-15 new patient and family members once a year. The program strives to be as diverse as possible within the program structure. For 2017, preference will be given to individuals living in locations where geographically there is a need for an Ambassador.

The Ambassador Program will take additional applications for new Ambassadors in 2018. 

Find out more

For additional information about either aspect of the Heart to Heart Ambassador Program, please email msharpe@achaheart.org.

 

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