Welcome to PCHA – Minnesota

The Pediatric Congenital Heart Association’s mission is to “Conquer Congenital Heart Disease.” We are accomplishing this through collaboration with patients, parents, providers, and partner organizations to improve quality and outcomes through CHD education, support, research and awareness.

For more information about congenital heart disease, please visit our home page.

Congenital Heart Network

The Congenital Heart Network is a program of PCHA, aimed at improving the lives of those with congenital heart disease and their families through direct support and education – meeting families where they are.  Through local activities like peer-to-peer support, care package distribution and educational materials, we are working directly with patients, families and medical professionals impacting one life at a time. Get connected to a group near you.


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“We can do more, together.”  Whether you are in a place where you just need someone to talk to, or you find that you are ready to give back, there is a spot for you at PCHA.

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For more information specifically about the Minnesota chapter, email PCHA.MN@conqueringchd.org

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Upcoming Events and Activities

Don’t miss out on these great opportunities to get involved!

Conquering CHD Kit Packing Assembly
When: August 10, 2018 2:15 – 4 PM
Where:  Children’s Minnesota Minneapolis Specialty Center, 2530 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

What: Join us as we pack Conquering CHD Hospital Kits for inpatient families in the CVCC at Children’s Minnesota. We will be meeting in the 4th floor conference room of the Specialty Center. If you would like to bring donations we are in need of: travel size toothbrushes, coloring books, gum, lotions, and individually wrapped snacks. You can bring items with you or or you can order from our Amazon Wish List and have items shipped directly to us and we will bring them along.

Shop for good with PCHA & The Dingmann Family

When: February 8, 2019
Where: Kendra Scott in the Mall of America
156 South Avenue Bloomington, MN 55425
What: Shop for fun, shop to socialize, Shop for Good! Join PCHA-MN and The Dingmann Family at the Kendra Scott Shop for Good Event during CHD Awareness Week. Learn about all PCHA has to offer and meet families just like yours!

Questions? Contact pcha.mn@conqueringchd.org

Mall of America Wishing Pond
When: February 2019
Where:  Mall of America
60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425
What: PCHA-MN was selected to receive all of the coins tossed into the various indoor ponds at the Mall of America for the month of February! So if at any time during Heart Month you find yourself shopping, dining, or taking in the many entertainment options at MOA, remember to toss some coins into one of the wishing ponds located throughout the mall! We are so grateful to Mall of America for selecting PCHA-MN as one of only 12 charities to benefit from the coins collected from the ponds in 2019. Together, we are #ConqueringCHD!

PCHA-MN is growing! As we are 100% run by heart parents and patients, we are always in need of new volunteer leaders. Help us continue to conquer CHD in Minnesota by filling out this brief SURVEY

One important program of the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association that we have here in Minnesota is our Conquering CHD Care Kits. Children with congenital heart defects are often immediately sent to another city to have surgery. Their parents may have nothing more than the contents of their wallet or purse. The Care Kits supply educational resources as well as toiletries and comfort items to families with children in the hospital to show our support and to make the experience a little more tolerable.

Some of the items we are looking for to include in these care packages are:

  • Coloring books and 8 pack of crayons
  • Crossword puzzle books and deck of cards
  • Travel sized toiletries especially lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorant
  •  books
  • Single serve snacks (granola bars, crackers, etc.)
  • Gum or mints

To view our Amazon Wish List, CLICK HERE

Want to find ways to get involved with PCHA-MN? Contact: pcha.mn@conqueringchd.org


Check out our “Conquering CHD in Minnesota” shirts – Limited sizes are still available for purchase to support our Conquering CHD Care Package Program. All shirts are $25. These fashionable styles com in a triblend quality material that is extremely soft and comfortable.

Send us an email to inquire about sizes available in the various styles.

Hearing the news “there’s something wrong with baby’s heart” can be devastating.  Even with successful intervention, CHD requires ongoing and sometimes intensive, medical care. Your donation helps in so many ways.  It is more than our ability to hold the hand of the parent who fears for the life of their child with a reassuring “I’ve been there.” It’s providing the knowledge and hope they need to make important decisions for their child.  It’s helping families navigate childhood and, perhaps more importantly, all the changes that come with transitioning to independent adults.  It’s about empowering the adults with congenital heart disease who are facing new, unexpected challenges as they are pioneering the way as survivors.

Please give generously.



It can be very difficult navigating the world of congenital heart disease. Knowledge certainly is power.  Our goal is to empower patients and families by providing them with educational resources they need to achieve the highest quality care available to them throughout their lifetime. These trusted resources and tools provide information about congenital heart disease.

FACT SHEET: Vetted statistics about congenital heart disease

Learn more about how to make sense of congenital heart surgical data.

Important questions to ask your cardiac care team.

Be Empowered. Check out these questions, today! Spanish version available HERE.


Help us bring the Voice of CHD to Washington


Send an Email to your member of Congress today. In February, 2017, the Congenital Heart Futures Act Reauthorization Bill was re-introduced in the Senate (S.477) and House (H.R.1222).
Here is the complete text as introduced in the House on 11/5/15. There are differences between how the bill in the House and Senate are written, based on key factors in the political process for each.  This is anticipated to be reconciled later on in the bill passage process.
A list of current Co-sponsors, more information, and a link to a sample letter can be found here.
Here in Minnesota, we are fortunate to have Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congressman Rick Nolan, and Congressman Keith Ellison as current Co-sponsors. Be sure to send them a Thank You for their support and commitment to conquer CHD!


We are Conquering CHD


Barrett Chenevert


Sullivan Kile

Austin Bermel

Ezra Unzen




Contact Us:

Chapter President – Jessica Chenevert
Chapter Secretary – Courtney Kile
Chapter Treasurer – Melissa Engel