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Media Advisory: WomenHeart to honor actress Chandra Wilson of "Grey's Anatomy"

Wednesday, April 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
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MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Racine Tucker Hamilton, Director of Communications & Marketing

(202) 464-8731, rtuckerhamilton@womenheart.org

 

WHO: WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease to honor actress Chandra Wilson of “Grey’s Anatomy” at annual awards dinner.


WHEN:           Monday, May 7, 2018

 

TIME:              6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

WHERE:        Andrew Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

 

WHAT: WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease will host its 18th annual Wenger Awards reception and dinner on Monday May 7, 2018.

 

Each year, the Wenger Awards honor those who have made extraordinary contributions to advancing women’s cardiovascular health, and this year’s theme is “Fighting for Every Heart.” Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, though only 45 percent of women are aware of this fact. With 1 in 4 women dying every year from heart disease and nearly 48 million women living with or at risk of heart disease, it is crucial to raise awareness and understand the differences between men and women when it comes to heart disease.

 

The honorees for this year’s Wenger Awards have worked to highlight the need for more research, advocacy, and education for heart disease in women. Actor, educator, activist, and entrepreneur Lamman Rucker will emcee the event. The 2018 Wenger awardees include:

· Chandra Wilson—The actress, director, philanthropist, and Dr. Miranda Bailey on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy will receive the Excellence in Media Award for her commitment to improving the lives of women with heart disease through her work in television. With millions of viewers watching, Wilson served as an empowering female figure advocating persistently for her own heart health.

· The Honorable Debbie Dingell (D-MI)—The Congresswoman will receive the Excellence in Public Service Award for her tireless work advocating for access to care, patient protections, and essential health benefits for women with heart disease.

· Dr. Roxana Mehran—The academician, clinician, researcher, and internationally renowned influencer in the field of interventional cardiovascular disease will receive the Excellence in Medical Leadership Award for her work co-founding the Women in Innovations initiative, which focuses on mentoring the next generation of female interventional cardiologists to reduce gender disparity in cardiovascular care.

· Dr. Clyde Yancy—Chief of Cardiology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, and Associate Director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital will receive the Excellence in Medical Research Award for his commitment to identifying differences in cardiac treatment by sex/race/ethnicity and working to improve diagnosis and treatment in African Americans with heart disease.

 

This unique awards ceremony is named for Dr. Nanette Kass Wenger, M.D., a trailblazer in the field of women’s cardiovascular research.

 

For more information about the Wenger awards, please visit http://bit.ly/Wenger2018.

 

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