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Published on September 08, 2016

Cone Health WomenHeart Champions Head to White House

The three support group leaders will be part of a forum on cardiovascular disease

A group of Cone Health WomenHeart Champions heads to Washington, D.C., to participate in the White House “Making Health Care Better” meeting on cardiovascular disease. The meeting is Friday, Sept. 9. Tammy Hardin, Martha Jumpiere and Tonya Moore are themselves heart patients and lead the WomenHeart Champions support group at the Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center.

Tammy Hardin

The purpose of the five-part Making Health Care Better series is to highlight the significant progress made in improving the health system over the past seven and one-half years and to identify the challenges ahead. The White House meeting on cardiovascular health is the third in the series and will focus on steps the administration has taken to improve cardiovascular research and access to coverage and care for people with cardiovascular diseases.

The Cone Health representatives will join 50 other WomenHeart Champions to learn from White House officials, federal agency heads,

Martha Jumpiere

national advocates and community volunteers about the state of heart health in our country and to offer the patients’ perspective in the fight against heart disease. While there have been significant changes in the percentage of women enrolled in clinical trials, breakthroughs in drugs and devices available for women living with heart disease, and better access to affordable and effective care, there are still gaps in coverage and a need to increase quality of care for women living with heart disease.

Tonya Moore

“I am grateful to the White House for inviting me and my heart sisters to be the voice of women living with heart disease, bear witness to the progress that has been made in the fight against heart disease, and remind us that the work is not finished,” said WomenHeart Champion and Burlington native Moore.

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