Tara Robinson, a three-time heart attack survivor is advocating for and raising awareness about heart disease and strokes in the Black community among black women.
At 40, Tara Robinson suffered from a heart attack. This incident would go on to propel her to become the connector between the Black community and heart health.
In an interview with Voyage Dallas, she said, “I suffered three heart attacks over three days and died during the third attack. After volunteering for the American Heart Association for years, I noticed that there wasn’t a community connection between their organization and Black people,”
Today, Robinson who is now 48 years old is the CEO and founder of the Black Heart Association, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “significantly lower the number of Black deaths caused by heart disease and stroke each year.”
“What sets us apart is that we target one group of people but will help anyone, but our data, research, and knowledge is all culture-specific.”
Heart disease is one of the most common causes of death among Black women, according to the CDC. By making certain lifestyle changes and getting periodic screenings for a range of conditions, such as cholesterol, obesity, blood pressure, and other factors, the risks may be reduced.
Robinson’s tireless efforts to raise awareness about heart disease among Black women continue to educate other Black women about protecting their hearts. In addition, she has established her nonprofit’s mobile heart center, a bus that aims to be a pillar in the neighborhood by giving free health tests throughout the city of Fort Worth, Texas.
She says, “Wherever you are, that’s where the bus can pull up to.”
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