Welcome to PCHA - Virginia

As a chapter of the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association, PCHA-VA’s mission is to improve the lives of those with congenital heart disease and their families through direct support, education and advocacy.


Please scroll down for more information about PCHA-Virginia.

About Us

Give Knowledge, Give a Voice, Give Hope.

Our Vision:
CHD families & patients feel equipped, supported, & empowered to advocate for their needs and are confident in the quality of their care.


Through social, educational & advocacy events that connect CHD patients & families & distributing educational materials & care packages, the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association of Virginia works directly with patients, families, medical professionals and partner organizations to help Conquer CHD.


Local activities include:

  • Conquering CHD Kits offering critical information and a personal connection for patients with CHD of all ages through individualized care packages
  • Social events providing a safe environment to celebrate life & simple joys together or to remember our loved ones together
  • Advocacy activities sharing our stories to improve federal research funding
  • Research promotion and participation helping promising developments become reality
  • Physician education improving understanding of congenital heart disease from the patient and family perspective
  • Online chat networks bringing people with similar experiences together
  • In-person peer support offering patients and families encouragement and insight from someone who has walked a similar path
PCHA State Chapter
PCHA State Chapter
PCHA State Chapter

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Upcoming Events and Activities

    Meet the Team

    PCHA VA Board of Directors


    Chapter President – Laura Carpenter
    Chapter Vice President – Renee Lang
    Treasurer – Kristen Essex
    Secretary – Katie Almquist
    Fundraising Coordinator – Kristen Essex
    Communications Director – Renee Lang



    PCHA VA Programs Lead Volunteers


    Adult CHD Programming Chair – Sydney Taylor
    Bereavement Programming Chair – Claire George
    VCU Children's Hospital Program Coordinator –  Jennifer Smith

    P.O. Box 1735
    Harrisonburg, VA 22803

    *This State Chapter has received the Honor Roll Award for outstanding performance in support of our mission.