WomenHeart is currently looking for dynamic, driven women with heart disease to apply to become WomenHeart Champions at the 2023 Virtual WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium. This is the nation’s only volunteer program that trains women with heart disease to serve as educators, advocates, and support for women living with heart disease.
About the Science & Leadership Symposium
Since 2002, the nationally renowned WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium has brought together over 1,000 women living with heart disease. During this training, women gain skills and education to become volunteer leaders, community educators, national spokeswomen, patient advocates, and support network leaders to empower women to take charge of their own health. WomenHeart selects women heart patients each year, through a comprehensive and competitive application process, to attend this prestigious 3-day educational symposium at one of the nation’s leading women’s heart institutions – The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. However, in an effort to reach a wider audience and include those who may prefer to attend this training remotely, WomenHeart is now proud to offer this opportunity as a virtual course.
WomenHeart Champions are trained on the science of heart disease, how to share their story and message effectively, and how to become powerful patient advocates. They are also equipped with skills in leading support groups, presenting heart disease education, and engaging communities through outreach, such as local media, community health fairs, or other local events. All participants will receive training in the following areas
- One-to-one and group peer support
- Support group management and engagement
- Community education and outreach
- Public speaking
The WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium training will help you develop an action plan for the work you do in your community. WomenHeart will also provide you with resources to aid you along the way.
This year’s virtual symposium will be held from April 3 through April 21, 2023. WomenHeart will also have an in-person symposium in the fall of 2023 for those who prefer this type of setting.