WomenHeart Champion Sharon Fadler Frankel BA ’92 (Kansas City) from Leawood, KS, participated in the first White House Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health in Washington, DC on February 24, 2012. WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, and the American Heart Association partnered with the White House to host the meeting, where nearly 150 heart and stroke volunteers, including Frankel, a heart disease survivor and community advocate, from across the country were invited to attend the White House event as part of American Heart Month.
The all-day briefing began with a presentation on “Million Hearts,” a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years. American Heart Association and WomenHeart advocates were joined at the White House by top Obama administration staff and representatives of other national groups focused on cardiovascular diseases. Discussion topics included access to quality cardiovascular care, cardiovascular research, tobacco policy, and health disparities among women and minorities. There were also breakout sessions on various topics related to cardiovascular health, including nutrition and physical activity.
Community Leaders Briefings, held weekly at the White House, bring 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. WomenHeart Champions are women with heart disease who have been trained to share their stories and important messages about heart health to empower women to take charge of their heart health.