On September 9, 2017, we joined with WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease to present Conversations about Diabetes and Heart Health with African American Women in Silver Springs, MD. Pamela Price-Parker, a patient advocate, spoke passionately on the theme Let’s have a Heart to Heart: Critical Conversations about Diabetes and Heart Health. She shared her story of living with diabetes and suffering a heart attack. During her presentation, Pamela shared eye-opening statistics about Black women’s health. She educated the attendees about the common warning signs of a heart attack and how to reduce heart attack risks. Pamela closed the session by reminding the group that it is a daily effort to maintain their numbers and good health, and some days are better than others. She encouraged everyone to begin a new day to take care of themselves and enjoy their best lives right now.
Special thanks to our board member, Andrea Thomas, who coordinated this event and has been the leading force in our community efforts to engage more women living in underserved populations with type 2 diabetes.