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Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health
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Events > Preventing Heart Disease

 The Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health
in conjuction with

The Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues
and the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition

Preventing Heart Disease in Women:
An Agenda for Change

Tuesday, September 9, 2003, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Room B339, Rayburn House Office Building

Read the News Release

Read the Heart Report

Read the Commissioned Papers:

"Physician Adherence to Preventive Cardiology Guidelines for Women"

"The Primary Prevention of Heart Disease in Women through Health Behavior Change Promotion in Primary Care"

Improving Women's Quality of Care for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes: The Feasibility and Desirability of Stratified Reporting of Objective Performance Measures"

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for U.S. women and a major cause of disability. Diagnosis and management of heart disease have improved, but women have not experienced as great a decrease in death and disability as men. One reason is that women receive fewer preventive services than are recommended. Why is that, and what barriers do health care professionals face in providing women high quality cardiac care?

The Jacobs Institute takes one of the first comprehensive looks into why women often receive poorer care for heart disease prevention in a forthcoming report to be released at the briefing. It is the culmination of a two-year project and the first in a series by the Jacobs Institute examining barriers to improving care for heart disease prevention in women. The report highlights new findings from three research studies investigating the reasons behind women receiving inadequate care and issues recommendations for improving women’s cardiovascular health.

Speakers for the briefing included:

  •  Sharonne Hayes, MD, Director, Women’s Heart Clinic, Mayo Clinic
  • Carol Weisman, PhD, Professor of Health Evaluation Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Penn State College of Medicine
  • Wanda Jones, DrPH, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Office on Women's Health, Department of Health & Human Services
  • Augustus Grant, MD, PhD, President, American Heart Association
  • Nancy Loving, Co-Founder and Executive Director, WomenHeart

Carol S. Weisman, PhD, Wanda K. Jones, DrPH, and Sharonne N. Hayes, MD

AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy speaks at the briefing.

American Heart Association President Augustus Grant, MD
spoke to a captivated audience.

Contact Jessie Stadd at for any additional information.

This event will be webcast by kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation and will be available after 3:00pm ET, Tuesday, September 9, 2003 at
http://www.kaisernetwork.org/healthcast/jacobs/9sep03 . Along with the webcast, a transcript, speaker bios, speaker presentations, and related resources will also be available.

Watch the webcast at www.kaisernetwork.org/healthcast/jacobs/9sep03

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