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Support Networks

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. Visit the Community Calendar, or contact a WomenHeart Support Network Coordinator for details on the next scheduled meeting. 

Other Available Patient Support Services:

  • WomenHeart Virtual Support Networks are monthly online meetings peer-led by WomenHeart Champions. All support meetings are done using web-conferencing - not chat rooms or forums. You can talk in real-time to other women living with heart disease from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
  • SisterMatch connects newly diagnosed women with trained volunteers who provide one-on-one peer support via telephone, email and in-person. Meet your HeartSister today.
  • WomenHeart’s online community, hosted by Inspire, provides a vibrant forum for emotional support and information sharing among women with heart disease and their family members and friends.


From our WomenHeart Champions:

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.


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WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) patient advocacy organization with thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, health care providers, advocates and consumers committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives. WomenHeart supports, educates and advocates on behalf of the nearly 48 million American women living with or at risk of heart disease. Our programs are made possible by donations, grants and corporate partnerships.

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