American Heart Association and WomenHeart Volunteers Invited to White House Briefing on Heart Health

February 23, 2012 Categories: Advocacy News
Washington, D.C.   — The American Heart Association and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease will attend a “Community Leaders Briefing” at the White House on Friday.
 
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans, and February is American Heart Month. This gathering recognizes the importance of this subject, and will include 150 heart and stroke volunteers from across the country, as well as top Obama administration staff and representatives of other national groups focused on cardiovascular diseases.

The all-day briefing will kick off with a presentation on “Million Hearts,” a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years. Other discussion topics will include access to quality cardiovascular care, cardiovascular research, tobacco policies and health disparities among women and minorities.  After lunch, advocates will participate in breakout sessions on various topics related to cardiovascular health, including nutrition and physical activity.
 
Following the event, from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. EST, several attendees including heart and stroke survivors, caregivers and medical professionals will join Jon Carson, White House Director of Public Engagement (@JonCarson44), for a Tweetup roundtable chat to recap the issues discussed at the briefing and answer questions. To be a part of the dialogue, follow hash tag #HeartAtTheWH
 
“We are pleased to have an opportunity to partner with the Obama Administration to bring together heart health advocates with some of our nation’s top policymakers to discuss ways to address the No. 1 health concern affecting more than 83 million Americans,” said the American Heart Association’s Great Rivers Affiliate Executive Vice President and event attendee, Nicole Sapio. “Through this important dialogue, we look forward to exchanging ideas and devising ways to improve the health of our communities nationwide.”
 
Cardiovascular disease kills more Americans than the leading four causes of cancer combined.
  
“Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in women,” said WomenHeart’s Chief Executive Officer, Lisa M. Tate. “WomenHeart looks forward to the opportunity to participate with this prestigious group to address policies, programs and opportunities to advance the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease in women, and continue to work together to save lives.”
 
Community Leaders Briefings are held weekly at the White House, bringing together leaders and activists from across the country. They present an opportunity to discuss common challenges and learn how the government can help improve communities.
 
To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET on Friday, February 24th
 
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Contact: Kanika Lewis, 202-785-7935
               kanika.lewis@heart.org