Eliminating Heart Health Disparaties Amongst African-American Women
The Open My Heart Foundation hosted a Virtual Webinar held on September 26, 2020 sponsored by Howard University's School of Social Work and Xerox Corporation entitled, “Covid-19 and Heart Disease: Addressing High Risk, Mental Health, and Closing the Disparity Gap". Our guest speakers included: Cardiologist Dr. Paul Underwood,  and Therapist Dr. Janeen Cross.  Talking points were provided by our CEO, Florence Champagne, Dr. Sandra Crewe, Dean of Howard University's School of Social Work, Cassandra McCullough, CEO of the Association of Black Cardiologist, and Jennifer Donelan, Heart Survivor.   2 CEU’s were  provided by Howard University’s School of Social Work. Click below to see full webinar.


The Open My Heart Foundation is helping with Covid-19 Relief in the Community.   We were able to host a FREE Covid-19 testing, in partnership with United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP), and MCI Diagnostic Center.  Through LifeStyles of Maryland, we were able to give away fresh produce to the residents in Charles County, MD, PPE and diapers.  The Open My Heart Foundation was also able to give out PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to the residents of the Gateway Village in Prince George's County, Maryland, as well as gallons of Milk.   Our goal is to help serve the community to fill a gap where there is a need.  If you are in need due to Covid-19, please contact us for resources in your community.  We could not do this without your support.  Consider making a donation today.  We're all in this together.

   Open My Heart Foundation Hosts FREE Covid-19 Testing
             Through Partnership With United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP) and MCI Diagnostic

Serving the Residents of Charles County Maryland through LifeStyles of Maryland

                                  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Provided
                            for Residents of Gateway Village Senior Community


The mission of the Open My Heart Foundation is to help eliminate heart health disparities among African American Women and Women of color.  Heart Disease is the Number #1 Killer in the United States.  African American Women and Women of Color are disproportionately affected.  We help to eliminate disparities in treatment through education, support and advocacy.  This includes monthly support group meetings, heart healthy food and produce, education by experts in the field of heart health and wellness, including fitness, yoga and professional trainers.  We also provide community resources and hospital visitations.  At the Open My Heart Foundation, we help to fill in a gap for much needed medical treatment, equipment as well as assistance with co-pays.  We believe by giving back and helping those with the highest rate of heart disease, we will help level the field and ultimately help to eliminate disparities in treatment.

National Wear Red Day is the first Friday every year.  This is  a massive public awareness day to warn women, show support and raise awareness of heart disease being the #1 killer of women.   This year's 2nd Annual Red Dress Gala Awards was a widely attended SOLD OUT event held in Annapolis, MD.  We honored survivors of heart attacks, strokes, and those who are giving back to the heart health community.  To see more pictures click on EVENTS.  

If you know of anyone who has had a heart attack, stroke, or who are making contributions to the heart health community please email us at  You may also click on the box below entitled: "Share Your Story".  We would love to hear from you.


The Open My Heart Foundation would like to express our deepest sympathy in the passing of Quinzell Champagne, and his son Carlo Champagne, both pictured above with Suzanne Beasley Champagne.  Quinzell transitioned March 27, 2020 shortly after attending the 2020 Red Dress Gala Awards with his family.  His son, Carlo Champagne, transitioned shortly thereafter on July 20, 2020.  Both died due to heart disease.  Quinzell was the brother of the Founder and CEO of the Open My Heart Foundation, Florence Champagne.  Quinzell was a big supporter of the Open My Heart Foundation and traveled from New Jersey each year to attend the Gala.  He will greatly be missed by all who knew him and knew him.  Carlo pressed his way to attend the Gala for the first time, even landing a speaking role in place of his father.  They were a big part of the family and will be greatly missed.


The Open My Heart Foundation celebrated it's five year anniversary by hosting the Red Dress Dress Gala Awards held February 28, 2020.  The survivors were honored by walking the runway in this one of a kind fashion show and celebration, honoring heart attack survivors, stroke survivors, and more.  Pictured to the left is Survivors that Thrive Awardee Lacetta Bowman.  Pictured below is Stroke Survivor Rev. Mary Wilson seated, with husband, Rev. Willie Wison (Union Temple Baptist Church), with Senator Melony Griffith, Juanita Moore Akida, (Maryland National Capital Park and Planning), Sherma Jack-Brisseau, and Council Member At Large, Calvin Hawkins.  To see more photos of the 2020 Red Dress Gala Awards visit the Events section.

Am I Having A Heart Attack?

Only 36 percent of African-American women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk. 
(Go Red for Women, 2014)

Do not self-diagnose or make excuses for how you feel

Besides chest pains, below are some other symptoms in women that should serve as warning signs:
  • Neck, jaw, shoulder, back pain or abdominal discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Arm pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Unusual fatigue
Click here for more Signs & Symptoms

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If you are a survivor of a heart condition or stroke, please share your story with us, we would love to hear from you.