Eliminating Heart Health Disparaties Amongst African-American Women
The Open My Heart Foundation, a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, launched on February 6, 2015, National Wear Red Day at the Gateway Village in Capitol Heights, MD. National Wear Red Day is a massive public awareness day held each first Friday of February, to warn women, show support and raise awareness of heart disease being the #1 killer of women. Many of the Gateway Village Residence attended, as well as the Mayor of Capitol Heights, Marnitta King, who presented CEO and Founder, Florence Champagne, with a Town of Capitol Heights Proclamation, Proclaiming February as the Open My Heart Foundation Month. In 2012, the recognized Florence as a member of the Class of 2012 Womenheart Champion. She was sited as someone who is always there for WomenHeart when they need her.
Attendees of the official launch received valuable information about heart health from Dr. Vikram Raya, of Capitol Cardiology Associates. They were also able to take part in Yoga demonstrations by Alice Williams, as well as entertainment performances by Jazz Musician Saxophonist, Wake Campbell, Liturgical Dancer Portia Williams, and a skit by their own, Florence Champagne, entitled “See me.”

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

Upcoming Events


​Thank you for your support in our journey with bringing awareness to Heart Disease.!  You are invited to attend the Open My Heart Foundation's  second Red Dress Gala Awards on February 1, 2019, on National Wear Red Day.  Come celebrate with us in an evening of elegance as we honor and recognize the heart attack and stroke survivors who have gone on to make a difference in the heart health community.  So ladies put on your red formal attire and fellas put on your red bow tie on this National Day of Heart Awareness as we give honor and recognition to our deserving awardees.  

The VIP Reception is from 6:00Ppm to 7:00pm.  You will have the smooth sounds of live jazz performances, an open bar along with your hors d'oeuvres and you will have an opportunity to mix and mingle with corporate sponsors, elected officials and honorees.  VIP Tickets are limited so get yours today!

Friday,February 1, 2019
7:00pm to 11:00pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resort
173 Jennifer Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
VIP Reception:  $100 (from 6:00pm-7:00pm)
Early Bird Special Tickiets:  $75.00 by January 1, 2019
General Admission Tickets: $85 starting January 2, 2019

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