Center Hosts Symposium to Make Harlem Heart Healthy

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heart-2-heart symposium powell center ccny harlem health Every hour, more than 100 Americans suffer heart attacks or strokes. In Harlem, these devastating effects of cardiovascular disease affect an even greater percentage of the population: East and Central Harlem have the highest rates of fatal heart disease in New York City. To combat this growing epidemic, the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service has joined forces with health professionals and New York City community leaders.

On Wednesday, May 2, the Center will present the 2012 New York Life Symposium, “Heart-2-Heart: Improving Heart Health in Harlem and Winning the Million Hearts Campaign,” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City College of New York.

The symposium aims to improve awareness about risk-factors for cardiovascular care, and enhance health promotion strategies for Harlem residents as part of the Million Hearts Campaign, a nationwide effort to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in the United States over the next five years. The campaign was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The “Heart-2-Heart” symposium is sponsored by the New York Life Endowment for Emerging African-American Issues, and presented in collaboration with the Harlem Health Promotion Center. It will feature local health professionals, policy-makers, and community leaders working to encourage the public to lead a healthful life style, focus clinical attention on preventative treatment, and improve quality of care for the “ABCS” - Aspirin for people at risk, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation.

Heart-2-Heart is designed for community-based professionals, educators, clergy, clinicians, students, faculty, community members, and anyone else interested in improving heart health in New York City and beyond. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Visit the Colin Powell Center Web site for more information and to register for the symposium.