Ten Ways to Raise Awareness for CHD

  • January 31, 2018

February is CHD Awareness Month. This month really does matter to CHD patients and families – despite the fact that 1 in 100 kids are born with a congenital heart defect, awareness in the general population is fairly low. Sibley, and the Heart families we serve, want to change that!

  1. Know the Facts: Understand the facts of congenital heart defects and share them with others. Visit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, CDC, Children’s Heart Foundation and the American Heart Association websites for information.
  2. Community Involvement: Participate in the Congenital Heart Walk in your area or other events that promote and raise money for CHD research and family support. 
  3. Participate in Your Local CHD Proclamation: Many groups ask their governor, mayor or local officials to sign a proclamation, declaring CHD Awareness Week in February. The best way to contact your local government is through their official web
  4. Petitions: Help get CHD Awareness Week recognized nationally in the United States by signing a petition.
  5. Social Media & Email: Use your family and friend networks to raise awareness and share information about CHD. Change your profile picture for the month of February, share CHD posts to your personal Facebook, Instagram page or other social media sites. 
  6. Sporting or Association Events: Ask a local sports team or association to dedicate a game for a “Red Out” event where the entire team, coaches and fans wear as much red as possible in honor of CHD heroes and in memory of CHD angels. 
  7. Donate: Join a local support group or national organization and donate your time, money or ideas. (Examples: Pediatric Congenital Heart Association, Children’s Miracle Network, American Heart Association, Mended Little Hearts, Children’s Heart Foundation). 
  8. Speaking Engagements: Offer to speak at local parent groups, local events, and parenting conferences, find ways to share your story. 
  9. Print & Post: Find local businesses that have bulletin boards where you can post CHD awareness posters and information. (Examples: coffee shops, Panera Bread Company, local churches). 
  10. Radio, TV and Newspaper: Contact your local radio, television station or newspaper to find out if they are interested in sharing your child’s (or your own) story. #1in100 #CHDAwareness