Dr. James T. Black Award Recipient
Dr. Arthur Vaughn is a former Division 1 collegiate athlete, an avid runner and golfer. In 2019, just days after running the Atlanta Peachtree 10K Road Race he learned he was suffering from a rare and rapidly fatal cardiovascular condition characterized by inflammation of the heart muscle, giant cell myocarditis. Because he listened to his body and sought immediate medical care he was admitted to Emory University Hospital and fourteen days later Arthur received a new heart.
Today he repays the grace he received by serving as a volunteer advocate with the American Heart Association and serves as a peer mentor with the Georgia Transplant Foundation. He also serves as a member of the 100 Black Men of America’s Health & Wellness Committee and serves as the Health & Wellness Chairman for 100 Black Men of North Metro Atlanta. In his debut book Survivor's Remorse – The Health Power of Faith he chronicles his physical and emotional journey through the heart transplant and recovery process
Prior to falling ill he served as an executive director at Morehouse School of Medicine where he oversaw the clinical, academic and research financial support functions for the institution.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Syracuse University; a Master of Public Administration from Clark Atlanta University; a Master of Science in accounting from Kennesaw State University and a doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of Georgia.
Overview: Mental health is an important part of overall health and refers to a person’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health involves how we think, feel, act, and make choices. During the Covid-19 pandemic, risks related to both heart and mental health are on the rise. Evidence shows that mental health disorders-such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD, can develop after cardiac events, including heart failure, stroke, and heart attack. These disorders can be brought on after an acute heart disease event from factors including pain, fear of death or disability, and financial problems associated with the event. During this workshop, a team of experts will discuss heart health, risk factors for heart disease, and the impact of heart disease on mental health.