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Chao Nonprofit Featured in Los Angeles Business Journal


Apr 2, 2024

Derek Chao, MD, the CEO of Optum West, is taking a stand against cardiovascular disease in Los Angeles County by supporting the American Heart Association’s mission to improve health and ensure an optimistic future for all. As the chairperson of the 2024 Greater Los Angeles Heart and Stroke Walk, Dr. Chao is leading the charge to raise awareness and funds to combat heart disease and stroke, the top causes of death in the US and worldwide.

The Heart and Stroke Walk, held annually at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, is the culmination of a year-long effort to engage local businesses and their employees in the fight against cardiovascular disease. Dr. Chao emphasizes the importance of everyone contributing to this cause, whether through volunteering, fundraising, or donating, to give the gift of health to their loved ones and communities.

In his role as the leader of the Greater Los Angeles Heart and Stroke Walk, Dr. Chao will work with executives to encourage companies and organizations to participate in the campaign. The objective is to raise $1.5 million for the American Heart Association and initiate meaningful discussions about employee wellness, corporate involvement, and community health improvement.

The 2024 Greater Los Angeles Heart and Stroke Walk, coinciding with the American Heart Association’s centennial, is generously sponsored by Optum, UCLA Health, Providence, Keck Medicine of USC, and Amgen. To learn more about this event and how to get involved, visit HeartWalkLA.org.

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