The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention brings together dynamic and diverse organizations in cardiovascular health, providing a forum for organizations to collaborate.
Members of the Forum represent more than 80 national and international organizations including major national health advocacy organizations, government health agencies (including the CDC, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, U.S FDA) and private companies. The National Forum’s strategic priorities are health equity and the ABC’s (Appropriate Aspirin Use, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation). These priorities will help the organization reach its 2020 goal: Heart disease and stroke will no longer be the leading cause of death for all Americans.
Connie Newman MD FACP FAMWA represented AMWA at the 13th annual meeting of the National Forum in Washington DC on October 21, 2015. Member organizations shared strategies for success within cardiovascular disease prevention. One of the topics discussed was the Cholesterol Awareness Initiative which aims to increase public awareness of the importance of measuring and controlling cholesterol in order to reduce heart attacks and strokes. Dr. Newman offered to help with this campaign and plans to include other AMWA members in this project through the AMWA Preventive Medicine Task Force.