March 13, 2017
By Anna Herd
JACKSON, Miss. – Meagan Brown, UM School of Pharmacy clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, not only works to reduce the chances of cardiovascular disease in at-risk patients, she has also been a member for the past three years of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women organization that spreads awareness of the importance of heart health.
Through volunteering with Go Red for Women, Brown became part of the Jackson chapter of Circle of Red, a group associated with the AHA that works to help women in local communities live longer and healthier lives.
“The local flavor is what makes a difference,” Brown said. “It’s a grassroots community effort that anyone can be a part of, not just those in health care.”
Since February is National Heart Month, Brown and Circle of Red worked to spread awareness of the disease by asking local businesses to participate in National Wear Red Day on Feb. 3. The group also supported Go Red for Women events such as organizing blood pressure screenings and illuminating the governor’s mansion in red.
“It’s really great to work with women who are passionate about making others aware of the effects of heart disease in our community,” Brown said. “I have met women from all walks of life and have had an opportunity to spread the word about the impact of heart disease.”
Brown is helping the Jackson Go Red for Women chapter organize its next fundraiser, a luncheon and fashion show that recognizes survivors of heart disease. More information is available at goredforwomen.org.