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Cook County Wellness Council Member: Dr. Sandra Burke

Dr. Sandra BurkeNow retired, Dr. Sandra Burke was director of cardiovascular biology research at Abbott Laboratories. She was recognized for her efforts to address health disparities in under served minority communities in Chicago.

An American Heart Association volunteer since 1982, Burke has chaired the Chicago Metro Diversity Task Force since 2007 to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors. She also has chaired or co-chaired numerous Power To End Stroke events and has led Go Red For Women outreach to minority women. She has been a member of the Diversity Leadership Committee since 2008.

She has made numerous presentations, especially at local schools and churches, on topics ranging from stroke risk factors to careers in the life sciences. In addition to reaching hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans with cardiovascular health messaging, Burke has helped position the AHA as a critical community partner focused on reducing and eliminating health disparities.

Courtesy of the Mundelein Review

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