Mission and Vision
WomenHeart’s mission is to improve the lives of women with or at risk for heart disease, while fighting for equity in heart health. It is the leading voice for the millions of American women living with or at risk of heart disease.
WomenHeart is the first and only national patient-centered organization dedicated to serving women with heart disease.
> 48 Million American women living with or at risk for heart disease.
> Over 900 WomenHeart Champions trained to be leaders and educators.
> About Half of American women know heart disease is their #1 health risk.
WomenHeart of the Texas Hill Country Contact: May, 2022 - TBD; recent change in leadership
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The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease was founded in 1999 by three women, Nancy Loving, Jackie Markham, and Judy Mingram who had heart attacks while in their 40s and faced many obstacles, including misdiagnosis, inadequate treatment, and social isolation. These women, who lived respectively in Washington, DC, New York City, and Santa Ana, CA did not know each other at the time of their heart attacks. But they each shared a common experience about how little information or services were available for women with heart disease. To them, the issue seemed invisible within the women’s health care community.
Under the leadership of co-founder and executive director, Nancy Loving, WomenHeart grew from a fledgling organization to one that can today highlight many accomplishments. WomenHeart’s growth is a credit to the work of its committed Board of Directors, Scientific Advisory Council, volunteers, staff and corporate partners who spend countless hours advancing awareness of women’s heart health. Now, in its 20th year, WomenHeart has successfully:
Developed the only national network of patient support groups across the country – nearly 100 in more than 30 states.
Trained more than 900 women heart disease survivors as community educators via the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium in collaboration with Mayo Clinic.
Hosted bi-annual Advocacy Institute conferences to train women living with heart disease to be public policy advocates and form the basis of a grassroots policy movement.
Created the Red Bag of Courage® program placing educational information about women and heart disease directly into the hands of hundreds of thousands of women living with or at-risk for heart disease.
Held the first National Policy & Science Summit for women’s cardiovascular health.