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Eliminating Heart Health Disparaties Amongst African-American Women

"HEART AND SOUL" POPCORN FUNDRAISER
SUNDAY, AUGUST 8TH THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 15TH

The Open My Heart Foundation is sponsoring the HEART and SOUL Popcorn Fundraiser to raise funds to provide grants to offset medical expenses for underserved heart patients. Heart disease is still the #1 killer in the United States, and African American women and women of color are disproportionately affected. The Open My Heart Foundation, Inc. is a national non-profit organization designed to help eliminate heart-health disparities for African American women, who have the highest rates of cardiovascular disease. Our foundation provides help in their time of need through grants, advocacy, support, and education. 

“The Popcorn Bag” is a Black-owned and operated company dedicated to helping the community with deliciously flavored Gourmet Hand Crafted Popcorn shipped right to your door. So, whether it’s movie night, a birthday celebration, popcorn stations at events, or more, popcorn from The Popcorn Bag makes excellent gifts for any occasion, and it’s for a worthy cause! Now is your opportunity to support Black Businesses and our Mission by giving back to the community in this one-of-a-kind fundraiser.

To participate in the Heart and Soul Popcorn Fundraiser, click on the following link:

LIFE AFTER A STROKE SOS LEAD BY ELENA CRUSOE AIKEN

The OMHF Held its' monthly Supporting Our Sisters (SOS) Support Group July 15th entitled "Life After A Stroke", with our very own stroke survivor and "Thriver", Elena Crusoe Aiken.  We were also honored to have Dr. Karen Smith and Speech Therapist, Kanika DeSandies.  We all know someone who has either had a stroke, living with a stroke, or caring for someone who had a stroke, TIA stroke and even died from a massive stroke.  According to the CDC:
  • African Americans are 50 percent more likely to have a stroke (cerebrovascular disease), as compared to their white adult counterparts.
  • Black men are 70 percent more likely to die from a stroke as compared to non-Hispanic whites.
  • African American women are twice as likely to have a stroke as compared to non-Hispanic white women.   
There are several risk factors related to stroke. Some of these risk factors are:
  • Obesity and Overweight
  • Hypertension
  • High Cholesterol
  • Cigarette Smoking 
minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh

Learn more about life after a stroke by watching our previously Facebook Live Broadcast.

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.