Winnie Melinsky, Highmark Blue Shield
2012 Lehigh Valley Go Red For Women Chair
Winnie DiLeo Melinsky is Director of Client Management for Highmark Blue Shield. Winnie has been with Highmark Blue Shield since they entered the marketplace in April 2002. Winnie’s career in Health Care began 25+ years ago with Blue Cross of the Lehigh Valley and then Capital Blue Cross. She joined Pennsylvania Blue Shield in 1994 as a Provider Relations Regional Coordinator. Winnie has obtained a CHC designation (Certified Health Consultant) and PAHM designation (Professional, Academy for Healthcare Management).
Community involvement is at the forefront of what Winnie does. Winnie currently serves on the Board of the Weller Center, American Heart Association; she also is on the Board of Lehigh County Historical Society and Chairs the Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation Board. She also works on event Committees for DeSales University, and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital. She is also a member of the LVBCHC Education Committee, Pinebrook Services Annual Luncheon Committee and is a member of the President’s Council at DeSales University. Winnie served as Chairperson of the first GO RED FOR WOMEN Luncheon in 2009 and again in 2010. Winnie is also a graduate of Leadership Lehigh Valley, class of 2004. She is currently serving as Chair of Volunteers for the City of Allentown 250th celebration, and is a member of KidsPeace Advisory Council.
Winnie is a Lehigh Valley native and attended Bloomsburg University majoring in Special Education. She currently resides in Emmaus with her husband Lou. Winnie enjoys Golf, Baking and Beach Vacations with her family.
Message From Nancy Brown
Welcome to the Lehigh Valley Go Red For Women Event!We’re delighted you are here and appreciate your interest in learning how you can advance health, stop heart disease and save women’s lives. That’s what the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement is all about.
Heart disease isn’t just a man’s problem. It’s a woman’s problem, too. In fact, it’s the No. 1 killer of women. And, tragically, far too few women realize their risk from this preventable disease. We need to raise women’s awareness of their risk and protect our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and ourselves.
You can help, starting today. Here’s how:
First, take charge of your own heart health. Visit your doctor. Know your numbers (learn more at www.GoRedForWomen.org). You can improve your blood pressure, cholesterol and other numbers by making lifestyle changes. You’ll be healthier and look and feel better, too.
Second, join the American Heart Association in making it your mission to fight heart disease in women. Help spread the word that heart disease is women’s No. 1 killer. Share what you learn today with your family and members of your community. Tell five women you want them to live and we can help stop heart disease in our lifetime.
Third and last, consider making a contribution. Your donation today will make a difference in the lives of women here and across the country. You can help fund local and national Go Red activities that support awareness, research, education and community programs that benefit women.
Thank you again for being here. My hope is that you won’t leave today without committing to making a difference by joining the Go Red For Women movement — women everywhere need your help. Only one in five women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat. We believe reducing risk and preventing heart disease starts with education — and you. There’s so much to do, and so much at stake.
With your commitment, we can help women and their families live longer, stronger lives. Thank you for your generous support.
Chief Executive Officer
American Heart Association
nationally sponsored by
locally sponsored by
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Highmark Blue Shield