On Friday, September 9th, several New York advocates participated in an event sponsored by the White House, titled "Making Health Care Better Series: Cardiovascular Health." The day-long forum offered an opportunity for volunteers to directly witness the impact of the American Heart Association's mission.
The group was invited on a special tour of the White House prior to the briefing which provided an exciting glimpse into the history of the Presidency.
In addition to the tour, the group joined advocates from across the country for a robust overview from our nation's leaders in heart disease and stroke prevention, care and treatment.
Presenters included Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC, Dr. Gary Gibbons, Director of NHLBI, Dr. Nancy Lee, Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Shari Ling, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Debra Eschmeyer, the Executive Director of the First Lady's "Let's Move" initiative.
The New York delegation was also briefed by national leadership from several organizations who have a vested interest in our mission against heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association's own CEO, Nancy Brown, presented on the progress made so far in the effort to promote health across the country. She was joined by executives from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, YMCA USA, WomenHeart, the Horizon Foundation and Emory University.
With all of these impressive leaders in one room, perhaps the most impactful presentation was from a panel of heart disease and stroke survivors. These personal stories of survival were at once inspiring and motivating. While we have come a long way in our mission, there is still a lot of work to be done.
We are grateful for the many volunteers that attended from across the country. New York was well represented by:
* Annette Adamczak - Volunteer Advocate and one of New York's Premier Voices in Support of CPR & AED Training
* Dr. Mitchell Elkind - Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology, Fellowships Director, Department of Neurology, Columbia University
* Liz Elting - CEO, TransPerfect and New York City Go Red For Women Leader
* Janice Hall - Senior Vice President, Global Sales Capability at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and NYC Go Red For Women Corporate Chair
* William LaForte - Real Estate Attorney, Trevett Cristo Salzer & Andolina P.C. and Chair-Elect of the Founders Affiliate Board of Directors
* Wendy Mono - Volunteer Advocate and Chair Emeritus of the New York City Advocacy Committee
* Dr. Cheryl Pegus - Clinical Professor of Medicine and Population Health, Director, Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovation, Associate Chair for Clinical Innovation, NYU School of Medicine
* Dr. Stacey Rosen - Vice President, Women's Health, Katz Institute for Women's Health at Northwell Health and NYC Go Red for Women Medical Chair
The American Heart Association is grateful for the support of these wonderful advocates. We look forward to putting the lessons learned at the White House to good use for all New Yorkers!