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advocating for healthier hearts
Story by Audrey Hanes, Photo by Amy Long

On Aug. 16, Community Health Education Foundation will present
the ninth annual Red Dress Gala to raise money for the awareness and
prevention of heart disease in women.

“An Evening in Margaritaville” will honor four local community health
advocates: Dr. Gail Hudson, red dress ambassador; David and Barbara Martin,
community service and support advocates; and Dr. Doug Maglothin, community
health advocate. Each of the honorees was selected by Community Health Education Foundation (CHEF) because of their efforts to improve their community and support heart disease awareness in women.

“The gala gives us a time to recognize people in our committee who have
individually given over and above of their time to ensure the Red Dress message gets out, people who are leaders in philanthropy and community service, which makes so many good things possible,” said Emily Lard, CHEF’s executive director. “They’re the people who are tireless community leaders and give the extra mile in healthcare.”

Denise Gschwend, Danial Reed and Joanna Clines are serving as the 2014
event’s chairs.

The 2014 Red Dress Gala will take place on Aug. 16 at Arkansas State
University’s Centennial Hall and will feature dinner, drinks, live music and silent
and live auctions. Tickets are $100 each or $850 for a reserved table of eight. Attire is black tie optional with flip-flops. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to chefjonesboro.com.

David and Barbara Martin: Community Service and Support Advocates
David and Barbara Martin have lived in Jonesboro and been involved in
the community for 45 years. They’ll be honored at the 2014 Red Dress Gala as the community service and support advocates.

“We live in a great community with great people,” said David, who has served
on the CHEF board for three years. “They are always quick to help when they see a need, and it makes you want to be part of that, too. … The Community Health Education Foundation is doing a great job with the resources that we have, but we could do more if more people would help with their time and talent.”

Barbara says that the time and means to give back have given the couple an
opportunity to raise funds and awareness for causes that are close to their hearts.

“Heart disease in women has affected me personally; I have an aortic aneurysm that has to be closely monitored,” said Barbara. “It was discovered by Dr. Roger Hill in a routine exam. Twelve years ago, I was under the care of a Memphis heart surgeon, but today with the advancement of Jonesboro heart care, I am monitored and treated here in Jonesboro and am feeling fine. The John Ritter
Foundation has worked with CHEF on the fact that aneurysms are sometimes hereditary.” The couple also hopes that more women in the Jonesboro community start to take advantage of all that CHEF has to offer.

“CHEF has done a good job of making the women in this community aware of
symptoms and care of heart disease,” said David. “We put on seminars and clinics for women to learn these things, all at no charge. Just about any test that can be given outside of a hospital is given at these screenings, and the women are advised as to what they should do next based on the results of the tests.”

Now retired, the couple previously owned and operated David Martin Inc. for 35 years. They’re parents to David Martin Jr., who lives in Dallas, James P. Martin of Little Rock and Leigh Martin of Memphis.

The couple is active in Cornerstone United Methodist Church. David has served
on the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce board and has been on the board for the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society for 10 years, four of which as its chairman. Barbara has been involved with American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Arkansas Community Foundation, Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro, Jonesboro Church Health, Huntington Avenue Food Pantry, the
Fisher Street Lunch Program and has served on the Arkansas State College of Nursing and Health Professions advocacy board.

Dr. Gail Hudson: Red Dress Ambasador
The 2014 Red Dress Gala will honor Dr. Gail Hudson as the red dress ambassador for her effort to make area women aware of the dangers of heart disease.

“Every year when we provide health screenings, we always find a woman who
has serious health issues that needs the attention of her personal physician,”
said Hudson, a professor of marketing at Arkansas State University. “Women are caregivers and don’t always pay attention to their own health. If we can save and alert one more woman, it is worth it.”

Hudson has been involved with CHEF since 2007 and says that while there are
many local organizations that provide health information, she is passionate about CHEF because of its focus on women’s health.

“We work very had, have lots of fun and touch the lives of those who may not
otherwise seek help,” she said. “… As long as heart disease continues to be the number one killer of women, we are not doing enough.” Heart disease has touched Hudson personally, which makes her all the more determined to
encourage people to live healthier lifestyles. “My father suffered from high blood
pressure and ultimately died from an aortic aneurism,” said Hudson. “I have friends who have suffered heart issues at ages younger than I. All of these events have encouraged me to be as healthy as I can be.”

Hudson and her husband, Steve, are parents to sons Aaron and Will. She is involved with Southwest Church of Christ and has served on the board of the Better Life Counseling Center, the CHEF board of directors and on the CHEF
education committee.

Dr. Doug Maglothin: Community Health Advocate
Dr. Doug Maglothin, a family practice and urgent care physician at NEA Baptist Clinic, will be honored at the gala as the 2014 community health advocate.

“Cardiovascular disease is still the number one killer in this country,”
said Maglothin. “Targeting women for education and awareness not only has an
impact directly upon women’s health, but the health of the entire family. If mom is heart healthy, the family is more likely to make better health choices.”

Maglothin has been dedicated to many different charitable organizations
throughout his career and says that CHEF fulfills the modern definition
of philanthropy by empowering people through education and awareness to solve their own social and health problems.“This foundation has a put a spotlight on women’s health and cardiovascular disease in a unique way that is both interesting and appealing,” said Maglothin.

“Since women tend to be the health care advocates for their family, this focus is just a great way to improve overall family and community health.”

The dedicated family doctor says that the Jonesboro community has come a
long way in the past couple of decades by continuing to have more heart healthy events such as walks, runs, bike rides and fitness programs.

“For me, this community has been such a blessing for my family,” said Maglothin. “Deb and I attended college at ASU. I did my family practice residency at AHEC Northeast. We have worked and raised our family here. Our church family and friends are here. It’s only natural to need to give something back.”

Maglothin has been involved with numerous healthcare foundations and
charitable organizations, as well. He has served as president of the Arkansas
Academy of Family Physicians, is the medical director of Craighead Nursing
Center, is on the board of directors for NEA Baptist Clinic and is the medical
director of Dierksen Memorial Hospice.

He and his wife, Deb, are very involved at Southwest Church of Christ and enjoy
spending time with their daughter Emily Maglothin, their daughter Angelia Herren and her son, Zachery, and their son, Doug Maglothin Jr., his wife, Leigh Ann, andtheir children, Evelyn and Vivian.