STAMFORD, Conn. Traci Alexander, Ed.D., has made her reputation as a journalist and a professor, but she's happy to lend her name to support the bigger cause of making women more aware of heart health.
"I'm just part of the fabric," she says of her role as emcee of the annual Go Red luncheon held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich each spring by the American Heart Association's Fairfield County Region. "As a professional journalist I've had the good fortune to interview some amazing people, and I'm glad to lend my name in helping access them to come to the luncheon."
Alexander, who teaches journalistic broadcasting at Iona, Fordham and Westchester Community College, got involved with Go Red in 2007. "I'm honored to be involved and bring some name recognition to a worthy cause," she said. "I'm sure you know the statistics about women and heart disease. This is my way of lending my voice to trying to eradicate this health problem. As a woman of color, it's particularly important to me, since we are suffering strokes and heart attacks at a higher rate than the general population.
"I have to commend the work that Stamford Hospital, Go Red Cause Sponsor, is doing in this area. Everyone there doctors, administrators, nurses is behind it. We need these alliances, and have to make sure we celebrate the work they're doing there to have such a fine institution."Alexander sees her mission as getting the word out to as many women as possible.
"Women need to recognize the increased stress we face, at work and at home," she said. "We need to recognize that we are in a stressful climate, and it could be prevented. It's about lifestyle and health. Acknowledge and recognize that there is stress and challenges and do something about it."
For Alexander, doing something means lending her name and voice to a cause she believes in passionately. "Championing our work gives us a stronger voice."