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The Office on Women's Health (OWH) within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is interested in improving, enhancing, and evaluating outcomes of comprehensive heart health care programs for high-risk women. To accomplish this goal, OWH has made six new grant awards to hospitals, clinics, and health care centers with existing women's heart health care programs. The 2005 awardees were:
Each grantee will use the funds to enhance their existing women's heart health care program so that it provides a continuum of heart health care services through the integration of the following five interrelated components: Education and Awareness, Screening and Risk Assessment, Diagnostic Testing and Treatment, Lifestyle Modification and Rehabilitation, and Tracking and Evaluation. These programs will offer comprehensive heart health care services that are women-centered, culturally competent, multi-disciplinary, continuous, and integrated. Grantees will also target high-risk women in at least one of the following groups: women aged 60 years or older, racial and ethnic minority women, and/or women who live in rural communities.
The goal of these programs is to reduce heart disease mortality and morbidity among women and to increase the number of high-risk women who receive quality heart health care services. These programs will be demonstration projects; as such, they will provide the evidence necessary to evaluate whether comprehensive women's heart health care programs are effective in improving heart disease outcomes in high-risk women.
This is an initiative promoting the 2004-2007 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for the Prevention of Heart Disease in Women. New guidelines were published in February, 2011.
To integrate these guidelines the initiative promotes annual and regional sponsored meetings, local seminars and grand rounds, newsletters, academic detailing, internet learning modules, office reminder systems, pocket guides, incentives, motivational interviewing training, and appeals from leaders. Pilot sites: Delaware, Ohio, and New York.
Content last updated August 11, 2010.