Eliminating Heart Health Disparaties Amongst African-American Women


The Open My Heart Foundation is helping with Covid-19 Relief in the Community.  We were 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.   We will be hosting FREE Covid-19 Testing in a Community Near You.  STAY TUNED.  Through Sandy Washington, LifeStyles of Maryland, we were able to give away fresh produce to the residents in Charles County, MD, PPE and diapers.  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.


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 the utmost sympathy in the passing of our beloved brother, Quinzell Champagne. He was the brother of the Founder and CEO, Florence Champagne.  He transitioned on March 27, 2020 due to heart disease. He was a huge loss and will greatly be missed.  Quinzell was a big supporter of the Open My Heart Foundation, and has attended the Red Dress Gala Awards each year since its inception, even attending the Gala February 28th with his family, Suzanne Beasely Champagne, and Carlo Charmpagne, pictured below.  Quinzell was  born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, and lived in Willingboro, NJ.  He was one of six children born to James and Juanita Champagne, and he leaves to mourn five children, five siblings, his mother, Juanita Champagne, and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.   The family is so saddened by the loss of our dear brother, Quinzell Champagne, who will always be remembered for being a friend to all who knew him, for his generosity and his love for his family and helping others.  


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.