Echoing Green Seeks Women Entrepreneurs for Fellowship Award

Do you have a big idea that could change the world? Echoing Green is looking for promising entrepreneurs starting up new organizations aiming to create large-scale social impact. The Echoing Green Fellowship awards up to $90,000 of start-up capital and two year of technical assistance to help get your organization off the ground.

The application will be open online from December 4th to January 7th, but you can get a head start by:

- Reviewing the application questions and a guide on how to answer the questions.
- Watching a few short videos on the application process.
- Signing up for informational webinars targeting underrepresented applicants
(including African Americans, US Latinos, and women).

To learn more about the fellowship and about Echoing Green click HERE.

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WomenHeart Hosts Free Webinar on Women and Angina Thursday Nov 1

WomenHeart Scientific Advisory Council member and preventive cardiovascular
nurse Kathy Berra, MSN, ANP, FAAN, of the Stanford Heart Network, will explain
what triggers angina and how it affects women, and provide advice for women
living with angina. The webinar is designed for patients and healthcare professionals.

What: National Webinar – What Women Need
to Know About Angina
Who: Presented by Kathy Berra, MSN, ANP,
FAAN, Stanford Heart Network
Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST

To register click HERE.

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AHRQ Offers Free CME for Online “Treatment Strategies for Women with Coronary Artery Disease”

In 2012, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a comparative effectiveness review of published studies to assess clinical and safety outcomes, and modifiers of effectiveness of treatment options for women with coronary artery disease. Findings focus on women who present with STEMI, NSTEMI/unstable angina, or chronic stable angina.

The AHRQ is now offering a free CME interactive video which visually presents the evidence from the systematic review findings. Scientific animations provide vivid anatomical reviews of CAD for the learner, and participant polling with feedback engages the learner at several levels. Learners are able to choose patient case studies to apply learning to practice, and are prompted to participate in case-based clinical decisionmaking as supported by the evidence derived from AHRQ’s comparative effectiveness review.

To access the free online program click HERE. The program will be available through September 14, 2014 and offers 1 hour of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

 


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Everything is About to Turn Pink – It’s Breast Cancer Month

I don’t write in first person on this blog, but now that it’s October and we’re about to be bombarded with pink products raising awareness for breast cancer month, I can’t help but think about a personal anecdote.

I was in a job interview a few years ago and was given a business case study to consider and respond to. The case had to do with a large “big box” store trying to compete with another large big box store. The former had always been #2, trying to catch up with the latter. I was asked what I would do to try and take over the #1 position. After an extremely painful 20 minutes of coming up with ideas, asking questions, and generally being shut down and embarassed, I was told that the answer was that I should settle for being #2.

What?! Never! Outrageous! But apparently, according to the man who sat accross from me at the interview table, #2 in the world of big box stores ain’t all that bad. (I think the stores were Walmart and Target, in case you were curious)

The story comes to mind as I often have a similar discussion about breast cancer awareness vs heart disease awareness. How is it possible that the breast cancer marketing machine is able to get manly NFL players to don pink socks when heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined? How is it possible that despite the massive efforts groups like WomenHeart, Sister to Sister and Go Red for Women have put in to developing huge campaigns around raising awareness for women with heart disease, that seemingly half of the products in the grocery store bare the pink ribbon symbol?

It seems crazy, right? But it makes sense.

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Social Media As A Source of Clinical Research for Women?

Major social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter have become synonmous with marketing firepower. Reaching consumers with real-time information, secret sales and a steady stream of branding has clearly proven effective. Individual users find utility in these tools by sharing family photos, staying up to date on major life events of close and not-so-close friends, and promoting personal endeavors. But can social media spur clinical research? Apparently so.

An obvious use of social media tools is that they allow us to connect with each other more easily. This goes not only for organizing your 20 year high school reunion or posting that cute picture of your dog in his Halloween costume, but also for finding others who share in our more difficult experiences.

iHealthBeat, a publication reporting technology’s impact on health care, recently illustrated social media’s ability to connect those searching for others who share their specific medical conditions in an article about a woman diagnosed with spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), an extremely rare and life threatening cardiovascular condition. The woman was told she’d likely never run accross anyone else with SCAD, but through WIN partner WomenHeart’s online community, she found another SCAD patient and together they began a message board specifically for women with SCAD.

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