"Welcome! My name is Jody Knack and I am a WomenHeart Champion and the District Support Leader for WomenHeart Support Networks in Illinois and Wisconsin. I am a wife, mother of three children and have three beautiful granddaughters. Since graduating from the Science and Leadership Symposium in 2003, I have successfully run my own support network in Aurora, IL. I have a great group of women within the IL/WI District who work hard each day to meet the needs of all women heart disease survivors within their communities. Many of them have run their groups for years, which shows the true dedication and importance of being a WomenHeart Champion. I feel blessed to be part of the WomenHeart family and be associated with all my amazing Heart Sisters."
WomenHeart Champions are working across Illinois to educate women about heart disease. Explore the links below to learn more about the WomenHeart resources available to support women living with heart disease and to help all women stay heart-healthy!
Support Networks in Illinois
Led by trained patient volunteers, WomenHeart’s local support groups meet monthly to provide women living with heart disease critical peer-to-peer support, information and encouragement. Please note, the majority of our support network meetings are conducted in English. Contact a WomenHeart Support Network Coordinator for details on the next scheduled meeting today!
Learn more about how WomenHeart Champions are working in Illinois and around the country to help women heart disease survivors live healthier lives.
Interested in advocating for women and heart disease? Review our advocacy initiatives and help us take action to improve heart health care for women!
WomenHeart Champions are the "boots on the ground" in communities across the nation. These highly trained volunteers are available to speak about their heart disease journey as well as share important heart-health information. Find out how to request a WomenHeart Champion to speak at your next community event!
"My name is Connie Newlon and I am the District Community Leader for Wisconsin and Illinois. Attending WomenHeart's Science and Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic was very helpful during my recovery from surgery. I met so many new heart sisters that shared my heart journey; it increased my desire to be active in the community and spread WomenHeart’s mission. I was very happy to attend the first White House Community Leaders Briefing Series in 2012 and have also attended the WomenHeart Advocacy Institute three times in Washington D.C. I look forward to meeting all of the women in the district. WomenHeart has been a very important part of my life and I am happy to continue with the organization by spreading the word about heart disease."