Global ARCH is an alliance of organizations that help rheumatic and congenital heart disease (RHD and CHD) patient and family organizations. Individual patients, families, healthcare professionals, and supporters are encouraged to join as supporting members. As a Global ARCH member you will have opportunities to learn from CHD and RHD leaders throughout the world. You will also have opportunities to participate in regional, national, and global action to improve the future of every person affected by childhood-onset heart disease.
Amy Verstappen has been a patient advocate and health educator since 1996, when her own challenges living with a complex heart defect led her to the Adult Congenital Heart Association, where she served as president from 2001 to 2013. She has served as an advisor to the Centers for Disease Control the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; and the International Society for Adult Congenital Cardiac Disease, and worked with congenital heart patient and professional groups throughout the USA and the world. Ms. Verstappen received a Masters in Education in 1990 and a Masters in Global Health in 2019.