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As the leading voice for the 42.7 million American women living with or at risk of heart disease, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is the only national patient-centered organization dedicated to promoting women’s heart health through advocacy, community education and patient support.
Founded in 1999 by three women heart attack survivors, WomenHeart’s founders transformed the isolation, confusion and ignorance about women’s heart disease into a call to action to save women’s lives. WomenHeart’s goal is to make sure that all women heart patients can receive quality health care and have access to education and emotional support.
To further this goal, in 2012, WomenHeart developed the National Hospital Alliance. Comprised of hospitals committed to advancing women’s heart health, the WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance is a partnership that seeks to ensure that women heart disease patients in every community have access to information, education and patient support services. Hospitals that join the Alliance have access to educational materials and programs developed by the nation’s medical leaders in women’s heart health, and are eligible to send two women from their community who are living with heart disease to attend the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium.
Science & Leadership Symposium
The focus of the Science & Leadership Symposium is to train women with heart disease to establish and lead patient support groups for women with heart disease in their local hospitals through the National Hospital Alliance. The goal is to have two women from each National Hospital Alliance member’s community attend the training and return to their community to lead and manage this new WomenHeart Support Network at the hospital host site. You will learn about the medical aspects of heart disease, how to educate women in your community, and how to lead a patient support network. You will also learn how to tell your personal heart story to inspire and empower other women to take charge of their heart health. You will meet and bond with other women living with heart disease, and learn from the nation’s leading health care professionals, cardiologists, experts in women’s health, and communications professionals. If you would like to learn more about the Fall 2014 Symposium, please click here.
How can I bring the National Hospital Alliance to my hospital?
If you are a woman living with heart disease who would like to become a WomenHeart Champion but your hospital is not a member of the National Hospital Alliance, it is not too late! WomenHeart accepts members for the National Hospital Alliance throughout the year on a rolling basis. It is WomenHeart’s vision to bring this great program to every community in need across the nation and with your help this vision can come to fruition! If you are interested in working to develop relationships with local hospitals in your community to spread awareness of this program, please contact WomenHeart’s Chief Operating Officer, Mary McGowan. Through this partnership, you will have the opportunity to apply to an upcoming Science & Leadership Symposium and lead a patient support group. Click here to learn more about the National Hospital Alliance.