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WHF joins with top healthcare institutions as a part of The Gender Care Initiative® to improve hospitals' cardiac service line to women.

The 1st World Congress on Gender-Specific Medicine
February 24-26, 2006

A syllabus of the 3-day conference is available through Elsevier®. The Women's Heart Foundation TEEN ESTEEM program was one of the featured posters, demonstrating the need for successful gender specific gym and health programs for cardiovascular disease prevention and risk reduction in vulnerable adolescent girls.
Go to conference website: www.gendermedicine.com
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Marianne J. Legato, MD    Location: Berlin, Germany.
Keynote: Congress president: Marianne J. Legato, MD, founder, The Partnership for Gender Medicine at Columbia University, NY, NY, U.S.A.
Congress honorary president: Vivian Pinn, MD, Director, The Office of Research for Women's Health, the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, U.S.A.
Presentations: by world leaders - physicians and scientists - in support of gender-specific medicine and healthcare to improve the survival of all men, women and children. The approach was research-based evidence with findings that warrant further outcomes-based studies in all clinical settings.

Gender Care: Bridging Communications to Improve Diagnosis of Women's Heart Disease
October 13, 2004
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Nieca Goldberg, MD    Location: UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Room CAB #1302, 125 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, NJ
Keynote: Nieca Goldberg, MD, FAAC
Presentions by: Linda Rojak BS, RNBC, Cardiology Information Systems Manager at Staten Island University Hospital; Lou-Anne Beauregard, MD, FAAC, Chief Consultant to the Gender Care Initiative; Dolores Daly, WHF Advisor
Womenís heart disease presents significant challenges to the healthcare community, with symptoms more subtle than those experienced by men, including early warning signs that resemble the flu. The goal of the conference was to provide health professionals with a systemís approach to female-centered patient care and to enhance the diagnostic model for women with heart disease. Held at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, the conference featured keynote Nieca Goldberg, MD, author of ’Women Are Not Small Men‘. Dr. Goldberg is the Director of the Womenís Heart Program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. She said that it is essential healthcare professionals to consider quality of life issues when treating a woman with heart disease. Also featured was nurse Linda Rojak who defined Nurse Informatics, a system based on ANA Scope & Standards. Ms. Rojak showed how computerized cardiology resources can provide clinical decision support while acknowledging barriers to computerized communications systems. Gender Care Initiative Chief Consultant, Lou Anne Beauregard, MD, presented on how to avoid gaps in doctor-patient communication by employing a more thorough interview process when obtaining a womanís medical history.

Co-Sponsors: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the Women's Wellness and Healthcare Connection

Funded by an educational grant from the Office on Women's Health, NJ Department of Health & Senior Services

Gender Care: Cardiovascular Models that Better Suit the Needs of Women
February 7, 2004
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Dr. Barbara Riegel    Location: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
Keynote: Dr. Barbara Riegel, DNSc, RN, CS, FAAN
Presentions by: State Commissioner of Health Clifton Lacy, MD; Vice President of Women's Health Services at RWJUH Marianne Balay, Advisor to WHF's Gender Care Initiative Dolores Daly, First Lady of New Jersey Dina McGreevey.
The conference had three major focal points: to understand factors that affect quality of health care and services to women with heart disease, to target characteristics of models that work better in women than men, and to introduce models that better answer the needs of women. Presenting these points of focus was Dr. Barbara Riegel, DNSc, RN, CS, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, who has examined how gender-specific characteristics impact women with heart disease. She is an expert in the field of cardiovascular nursing, having conducted numerous research investigations and published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book chapters and three books. Dr. Riegel also serves as editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. She says that gender care addresses not only the biophysical differences but also the socio-cultural norms and experiences, values, psychosocial characteristics, behaviors and social roles - all of which impact a woman's care.

Co-Sponsors: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the Women's Wellness and Healthcare Connection

Funded by an educational grant from the Office on Women's Health, NJ Department of Health & Senior Services

Getting to the Heart of It: Interventions to Improve Women's Outcomes
February 3, 2003

Mehmet Oz, MD    Location: UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Room CAB #1302, 125 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, NJ
Keynote: Mehmet Oz, MD, author of “Healing From the Heart”
Conference Chair: Lou-Anne Beauregard, MD
Presentions by: Lou-Anne Beauregard, MD; Mark Anderson, MD; Kathleen Ashton, RN, PhD; Gloria A. Bachmann, MD; Susan C. Brozena, MD; Archana Patel, MD; Mark Preminger, MD; Madhavi Pamidi, MD. The purpose of the conference was to give healthcare providers an update on current, critical issues in the epidemiology, presentation, management and complications of heart disease in women. Some of the course objectives were to be able to recognize the incidence and occurrence of heart disease in women, discuss obstacles women face when accessing cardiac healthcare, differentiate the care and management of cardiac arrhythmia as it affects women at various life stages including pregnancy, discuss clinical issues as it regards lipid management and estrogen in order to make the appropriate patient-specific decisions, identify problems and solutions associated with the use of modern technological interventions on women, and to analyze atypical presentations of coronary disease, and high prevalence of congestive heart failure with relatively normal heart function (diastolic dysfunction) and approaches to diagnosis and management. Download Conference Brochure

Co-Sponsors: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/UMDNJ and the Women's Wellness and Healthcare Connection.

Funded by educational grants from The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Heart Center of New Jersey, Medtronic, Guidant Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson and Johnson and Scios.

Women's Heart Day -Conference and Health Fair at MCCC
February 7, 2002

Kathy Williamson, conference co-chair    Location: Mercer County Community College, West Windsor Township, NJ
Honorary Chairperson: The Honorable Mercer County Clerk Cathy DiConstanzo (pictured at left) - Women's Cardiovascular Initiative, Mercer County, NJ
Event Co-Chairs: Kristine Olson, RN, and Kathy Williamson, RN, both of Capital Health System, Trenton, NJ

This was a free program with gifts and prizes, screenings, demos, vendor tables, health seminars and an "Ask the Experts" health panel.

Presentions: The Truth About Women, Exercise and Weight Loss - Peter Mellios, Certified Trainer, Body Rehab, Hamilton Twp, NJ; Early Recognition of Heart Disease in Women - Kris Olson, NP, Primary Care, Adult Clinic at Capital Health System, Trenton, NJ; Research Update: The Estrogen Question - Charles Dennis, MD, Director of Cardiology, Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Browns Mills, NJ; Preventive Cardiology - Harvey Hecht, MD, Director, The Heart and Vascular Institute, Morristown, NJ; Nutritional Medicine - Philip L. Bonnet, MD, primary care physician, Washington Crossing, PA.

In-kind support: Capital Health System, Hamilton Township Health Department, Mednet Healthcare Technology, Black Forest Acres, The Heart and Vascular Institute, Slender Lady, The Times, Mercer County Community College, Yardville National Bank, Ortho Nutritional Products, Body Rehab, Ambest Surgical, Heart to Hearts, Disetronics, GSA, Phi beta kappa, Slender Lady Fitness. Health panel discussion moderated by Kathy Orr of the Channel 10 News Team.

Funded by educational grants from Deborah Heart and Lung Center and Roma Bank

Getting to the Heart of It: Interventions to Improve Women's Outcomes
February 23, 2000

Marianne J. Legato, MD   Location: Princeton NJ
Keynote and Conference Chair: Marianne J. Legato, MD, Director of the Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia University, NY

Presentations: Culturally Competent Care for Women by Dula Pacquiao, Ed D, RN, of Kean University; Management of Acute MI in Women by Jan R. Weber, MD, Director of Cardiology at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center; Surgical Risk Factors Most Impacting Women’s Outcomes; by Luis A. Mispireta, MD, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Baltimore Union Memorial Hospital; Gender Differences in Presentation and Management of Arrhythmias by Lou-Anne Beauregard, MD, RWJUH. The program objective was to provide healthcare professionals and administrators with multi-dimensional care guidelines for female patients with suspect or established coronary artery disease. Specific clinical interventions were introduced that have been shown to effectuate positive outcomes for women with heart disease. 147 healthcare professionals were in attendance. Educational materials are available for purchase by healthcare professionals for $50. For a copy of seminar handouts, contact admin@womensheart.org and ask for educational materials from Conf #0006.

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  Physicians and Nurses at the February 23 conference enthusiastically seek out the new WHF patient education materials on women and heart disease.

Co-sponsors: St. Francis Medical Center and The New Jersey Hospital Association

Funded by educational grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Wyeth-Ayerst, Genentech, Merck and Pfizer.



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