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Eliminating Heart Health Disparaties Amongst African-American Women and Women of Color

JOIN US FOR OUR 7TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND
RED DRESS GALA AWARDS (VIRTUAL) FEBRUAY 26, 2022

NEWEST BOARD MEMBER:
DR. PAUL UNDERWOOD


The OMHF welcomes our newest Board Member, Dr. Paul Underwood!  Dr. Underwood is an interventional cardiologist with over 30 years experience in the private practice setting. He completed medical school and residency at the Mayo Clinic and completed cardiology training at the Cleveland Clinic. He learned interventional cardiology at Iowa Heart Center and practiced interventional cardiology in Phoenix, AZ. There he has been an influential member of cardiology society through the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Intervention and the American College of Cardiology (where he sat on the Arizona Board of Councilors). Most notably, he is a life member and former president of the Association of Black Cardiologists. In addition to patient care responsibilities, Dr. Underwood is passionately committed to elevating the health of communities.

In 2009 he joined Boston Scientific Corporation as a medical director for Interventional Cardiology/Structural Heart. Dr. Underwood is committed to making ideas become reality with particular emphasis on benefits of minority participation in clinical research. In addition to his clinical responsibilities at Boston Scientific, he also serves as the medical director for Close the Gap, Boston Scientific’s health equity education initiative. His professional interest has been on the creation of collaborative clinical, community and educational approaches to health promotion and translation of technological advances into the lives of patients.

"THE NEW NORMAL"
Supporting Our Sisters
S.O.S.

The Open My Heart Foundation (OMHF) held its' monthly Supporting Our Sisters (SOS) Support Group October 27, 2021.  Thr virtual support group, SOS (Supporting Our Sisters) the topic this month was called "The New Normal: Pivoting after an illness, loss and Major Life Change.

Shifting, pivoting, and adjusting to a "New Normal" is not new to our speakers this month, Elisa Glass, Holly Jones, and Tawanda Braithwaite Prince.  They are Survivors that Thrive and have overcome life threatening illnesses.  Read more at:

COVID-19ARE WE OUT OF THE WOODS?

For the month of September, the (SOS) Support Group was called "Covid-19: Are we out of the woods?"  Guest speakers included Dr. Patrice Nickens, (NIH), Emergency Room Physician Dr. Mariam Martin, and Pharmacist Dr. Terri Peters.  

Real live testimonials and stories were shared by Jackie Mimms and Denise Jenkins.  To view this SOS click on the following link:

 

OPEN MY HEART FOUNDATION'S COVID-19 RELIEF

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
                                                      Prince George's County Maryland

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP IN OUR COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS, CONSIDER MAKING A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION BY CLICKING THE BUTTON HERE:

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 info@openmyheartfoundation.org.  You may also click on the box below entitled: "Share Your Story".  We would love to hear from you.

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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SHARE YOUR STORY

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