On February 26, the Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Coalition of Indiana (CADI) wrapped up American Heart Month with “Heart Health Impacts More than the Heart,” a webinar to discuss the linkage between heart disease and type 2 diabetes. A total of 55 participants learned about the practical application of evidence-based resources that can be used by healthcare professionals. Dr. Mona Gupta, a medical liaison with Novo Nordisk, kicked off the webinar with a presentation on the treatment and linkage between type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Fil Guipoco, Community Impact Director with the American Heart Association (AHA), spoke about the AHA’s “Know Diabetes by Heart” initiative. Before delving into the program, Guipoco shared health statistics with the audience:
“26 million Americans live without access to healthy food. 7.3 million people who suffer from cardiovascular disease are uninsured. Your zip code and race shouldn’t determine how you live, but they do. The odds are stacked against low-income communities and communities of color because of the lack of healthy food.”
Dr. Woodrow Corey, a physician with Ascension Health, ended the presentation portion of the program with compelling updates on current research and treatment for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. “What we found are some very unexpected, surprising, results…I’m going to focus in on some of the more important of those trials that I think will have the most impact on how we move forward through the next 5-10 years in how we treat our patients.”
A panel discussion, moderated by Patty Rose, Purdue Healthcare Advisors, followed the presentations and provided an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Presenters were joined by Ivy Egbo, Cardiovascular Program Coordinator at Indiana Department of Health (IDOH), and Kat Ortiz, Diabetes Program Director at IDOH. The panel of five represented a spectrum of insight into cardiovascular health and diabetes allowing for a robust discussion.
Data from a post-webinar survey indicated that 100% of respondents learned some or a lot of new information, 77% plan to share and/or use the information within the next six months, and 94% ranked the overall program at a 4 or a 5 on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being exceptional.
Overall, Heart Health Impacts More than the Heart was a success for CADI and Connections IN Health. You can find presentations, presenter bios and a recording of the webinar here.