Friday, February 26, 2010

Advocate Spotlight! Dr. Rob Rockhold, MS

In his junior year of college a week shy of final exams, Rob Rockhold* was called away from school because his 51-year-old father had suffered a fatal heart attack. He lost his father to a disease that soon became the focal point and passion of his advocacy work.

Despite his busy schedule serving as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (at the University of Mississippi Medical Center), Dr. Rockhold works tirelessly as an educator, researcher, administrator and advocate for heart disease and stroke prevention issues. He has actively participated in visits to the offices of local elected officials, visited key federal legislators locally and attended National Lobby Day activities.

Dr. Rockhold was instrumental in a recent passage of a cigarette tax in Missippi. He’s also been featured on a local television program, serving as a “chef – advocate” promoting AHA’s “No-Fad Diet” cookbook. He has served on many state and affiliate boards and has been a vital part to advocating for the American Heart Associations’ mission.

Dr. Rockhold will be traveling to Washington, DC this month to advocate for increased NIH funding. With his expertise and knowledge about the importance of funding, he’ll make a compelling case to lawmakers, urging them to increase funds for heart disease and stroke research. Dr. Rockhold works vigorously as a You’re the Cure networker in his hometown, and nationwide – he is a true You’re the Cure champion!
*Please note that the March edition of the Advocacy Pulse contained a typo in Dr. Rockhold's name. Our apologies for the mistake.

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