Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Xi Omega Chapter Promotes Heart Health

Local Alpha Kappa Alpha Chapter Educates the Washington, DC Community About Heart Disease

Washington, DC, February 27, 2018 --( During the month of February, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Xi Omega Chapter has joined with Alpha Kappa Alpha members across the globe to raise awareness for heart disease. Under the sorority’s health promotion target, Alpha Kappa Alpha has partnered with the American Heart Association and made heart disease a key focus area, as it’s the leading cause of death for women in the United States.

To bring light to this preventable disease, Xi Omega Chapter has dedicated the entire month of February to heart health-focused community service programs. The chapter’s February 3, 2018 meeting included observation of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s annual “Pink Goes Red for a Day,” free blood-pressure screenings by member nurses and physicians, free hands-only CPR training, and distribution of educational materials from the American Heart Association.

At the chapter’s Monday Activities Senior Program on February 5, 2018, eighteen community seniors were given blood pressure screenings by Xi Omega member and registered nurse, Sierra Anderson. The community heart health promotion continued on February 15, 2018 when Xi Omega members volunteered at the Lasalle Family Market at the Lasalle-Backus Education Campus in Northeast, Washington, DC. Xi Omega volunteers served fresh food to 65 families while partnering with District of Columbia Fire and EMS to provide blood pressure and glucose screenings to 50 community members in attendance.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Xi Omega Chapter’s February heart health promotion activities culminate on February 25, 2018 at Washington, DC’s Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, where chapter member Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts is First Lady. Led by member and registered nurse Cynthia Burke, Xi Omega members will provide churchgoers with educational materials about heart disease after 10 am worship service. To contribute to Nineteenth Street’s ongoing community outreach in Washington, DC, Xi Omega will make a monetary donation of $850.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek letter organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 290,000 members in 1,007 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Liberia, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, South Africa and Dubai. Led by International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, L.H.D., Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African-American women.” For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, visit

Xi Omega Chapter is the oldest and largest graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Washington, DC. Established in 1923, the chapter has a membership of more than 400 professional women, who serve the District and surrounding communities. Xi Omega’s signature service programs focus on educational enrichment, health promotion, family strengthening, environmental ownership, and global impact. These programs are the cornerstone of the AKA international theme, “Launching New Dimensions of Service.”
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Xi Omega Chapter
Breahna Blakely