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American Heart Association kicks off Blair Go Red for Women Campaign

Women with passion for community health invited to participate in Women of Impact class

The American Heart Association has named Kiersten “Kitty” Zelnosky of Altoona, clinical director at UPMC Altoona, as chair of the 2021 Blair Go Red for Women campaign.

Zelnosky has spent the last several decades working as a registered nurse in intensive care units as a staff nurse and eventually branched into nursing leadership.

Part of her nursing career was spent caring for open heart patients in the intensive care unit. Her current role as clinical director includes oversight of critical care and emergency services. She received her master’s degree in nurse leadership from Penn State University and holds certification in critical care nursing.

“I Go Red because I have seen first-hand the effects heart disease and stroke have on our community members and I want to be part of the solution toward a better, healthier lifestyle for the women and men of Blair County,” said Zelnosky.

Zelnosky will lead the 2021 Blair Go Red for Women campaign with the assistance of seven additional volunteers who serve on the event’s executive leadership team.

The Blair Go Red for Women executive leadership team includes: Robin Beck, president of Altoona Women’s Club; Jodi Cessna, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation; Sara Fiore-Gunnett, director of finance for Leonard S. Fiore Inc.; Angela Guyer, unit director for the stroke program at UPMC Altoona; Suzanne Kuhn, Ph.D., campus coordinator for nursing programs at Penn State Altoona; Patricia Savage, Ph.D., president and CEO of Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries; and Christy Shields, meteorologist at WTAJ-TV.

“Cardiovascular disease affects the lives of one in three women. I know there are many other women with a similar passion for healthy living and helping others in their community do the same,” said Zelnosky.

“For the first time, we’re challenging women from across Blair County to put their passion for health into action as an inaugural member of the Women of Impact class. Our community needs their leadership and we welcome them to the Go Red for Women movement.”

Women of Impact is a new initiative that is part of the Blair Go Red for Women campaign. Local women are encouraged to nominate themselves or someone they know to be a part of this inaugural class of women who are committed to investing in the health of their community with a personal gift and accepting the challenge to use their personal networks to raise funds for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.

The annual Blair Go Red for Women event and fashion show is set for May 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will be held at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, pending public health recommendations.

The event raises funds for the American Heart Association’s mission including funding life-saving research, elevating patient care, advocacy and community educa-

tion.

This year marks the 17th anniversary of the American Heart Association’s launch of the Go Red for Women movement nationwide. Go Red for Women is rooted in raising awareness among women that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women around the world.

For more information about the 2021 Blair Go Red for Women event and campaign, including Women of Impact and sponsorship packages, visit blairgored.heart.org or contact Brooke Greybush at brooke

.greybush@heart.org or 717-730-1713.

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