"Strengthening the Heart of Georgia" Ready to Change Life for Women Living in Georgia
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"Strengthening the Heart of Georgia" Ready to Change Life for Women
Living in Georgia
First time program will empower women in Georgia to take charge of
their heart health, and provide support to women living with heart
What: Strengthening the Heart of Georgia - the first state-wide
program in Georgia to train women heart disease survivors to be
community educators and to lead support networks for women living with
heart disease. These volunteer WomenHeart Champions will return to
their communities to educate women about heart health.
The three-day WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium, where the
Georgia women will be trained, includes a stellar faculty of
nationally recognized experts in women's cardiovascular disease and
heart health, drawn primarily from Georgia's leading medical and
teaching institutions, including:
Nanette Kass Wenger, MD, MACC, MACP, FAHA, Emory University School of
Medicine, nationally recognized pioneer in women's heart health
Sharonne N. Hayes, MD, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, Founder of the
WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic
Gina Lundberg, MD, St. Joseph's Heart Center
Ijeoma Isiadinso, MD, Emory Heart and Vascular Center
Susmita Parashar, MD, Emory Heart and Vascular Center
Elizabeth Ofili, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine
Michael C. McDaniel, MD, Emory Heart and Vascular Center
Irma Walker, Program Manager, Hispanic Health Coalition
Omar Guessos, MPH, Epidemiologist, Georgia Dept. of Public Health
When/Where: Friday, February 17- Monday, February 20, 2012 Emory
Conference Center Hotel 1615 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia, 30329
Key Media Opportunities:
-- Friday, February 17, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Opening Dinner, featuring
presentations by Nanette Wenger, MD, Emory; Sharonne Hayes, MD, Mayo
Clinic; Carol Allred, President, Board of Directors, WomenHeart; and
Lisa Tate, CEO, WomenHeart
-- Saturday, February 18th
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Panel: "Living Well with Heart Disease," featuring Ijeoma Isiadinso, MD, Emory; Elizabeth Ofili, MD, Morehouse; Linda Maschek, RD, Berkeley Heart Labs, and Gina Lundberg, MD, St. Joseph's Heart Center.
Interviews from 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
"The Heart-Mind Connection: Mental Health & Heart Disease,"
Sharonne Hayes, MD, Mayo Clinic
Interviews during lunch from 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m."Preventing and Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease Among Women,"Gina Lundberg, MD, St. Joseph's Heart Center
1:20 p.m. - 1:40 p.m."The Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease in Women,"Susmita Parashar, MD, Emory Women's Heart Center
-- Monday, February 20th
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Closing Remarks, featuring Morgan Kendrick, President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Lisa Tate, CEO, WomenHeart.
Audio/Visuals: Speak with some of the nation's leading cardiovascular
minds. Talk with heart disease survivors and current WomenHeart
Champions about their personal experiences and how this program has
changed and will change their life.
Why: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, and
women in Georgia die at a rate of 387/100,000 -- 9% higher than the
national average (1). But this new program - sponsored by WomenHeart:
The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease -- is coming to
Georgia in hopes of curbing that trend - with women heart patients
themselves at the forefront of the movement. The program is supported
by a generous grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia
Currently, many women in Georgia are at significant risk of developing
heart disease. Twenty-seven percent have high blood pressure, 47
percent have high cholesterol, 19 percent report smoking, 27 percent
are obese, and 60 percent are physically inactive (2).
Strengthening the Heart of Georgia is modeled after the nationally
renowned WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium held at Mayo Clinic
(Rochester, MN) and sponsored by WomenHeart, which has since 2002
trained 555 WomenHeart Champions and established 100 WomenHeart
Support Networks throughout the country. In Georgia, WomenHeart has
teamed with the BCBSGa Foundation to bring the Strengthening the Heart
of Georgia program to the state.
National and state and local organizations are working in partnership
with WomenHeart and the BCBSGa Foundation to implement this
initiative, including Grady Memorial Hospital, Cardiovascular Health
Initiative of the Georgia Department of Public Health, Piedmont
Hospital, Association of Black Cardiologists, Center for Black Women's
Wellness, Georgia Association of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation,
Morehouse School of Medicine, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses
Association, Saint Joseph's Hospital, Saint Joseph's Heart Center for
Women, and Wellstar Cardiac Wellness and Rehabilitation.
(1) Centers for Disease Control, Heart Disease and Women Mortality
(2) Progress towards Healthy People 2010 Objectives, Georgia,
2002-2007. Georgia Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Georgia
Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health.
Contact: Lisa Clough; phone: 202.464.8734; email:
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SOURCE WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women With Heart Disease
/Web Site: http://www.womenheart.org
CO: WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women With Heart Disease
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