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    SCAI Program on Capitol Hill Focuses on Health Care Disparities

    March 04, 2010

    SCAI was on Capitol Hill this week, hosting an educational program that drew a diverse audience of approximately 100 attendees, including House of Representatives staff, physicians and other health care providers, patients, and other members of the public.

    The latest in SCAI's series of Know What Counts regional education programs was directed by SCAI Trustee Mark Turco, M.D., FSCAI, and cosponsored by the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), Mended Hearts, and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. The event assembled an esteemed group of speakers, including U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), to examine racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in health care and discuss how to address these issues.  

    Public Forum

    Following remarks from Senator Cardin on President Obama's most recent effort to pass reform legislation, program attendees also heard powerful testimonials from two heart attack survivors on the impact of cardiovascular disease on their lives and the value of the health care they received. Bruce Johnson, a journalist from WUSA News (Channel 9) in Washington, D.C., spoke not only of his personal experience but also of the experiences of other patients he has interviewed throughout the years. WomenHeart Champion Carrie Vincent, who suffered a heart attack at age 31, just a few days after giving birth to her son, described how she was caught completely off guard by heart attack symptoms so often overlooked in women.

    The program featured a distinguished faculty of health care experts, including Brian Smedley, Ph.D., Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, who offered recommendations for identifying cost-effective ways to provide health care to underserved communities; and Marcos Pesquera, MPH, Executive Director of the Center for Health Care Disparity, who shared his expertise on the impact of race and gender on issues such as prevention and access to care. Joining Dr. Turco in discussion of advances in cardiovascular care were cardiologists Allen J. Taylor, M.D., Ron Waksman, M.D., and Roquell Wyche, M.D.

    CME Program for Health Care Providers

    Just a few hours after hosting the public forum at the House of Representatives, SCAI offered a continuing medical education event attended by over 50 area physicians and other health care professionals, including internists and family physicians. Like the program that afternoon, the dinner program was directed by Dr. Turco; co-directed by Mr. Pesquera and Drs. Taylor and Waksman; and cosponsored by ABC, MendedHearts, and WomenHeart. Heart disease survivor and WomenHeart Champion Marianne Lawrence joined Kenneth M. Kent, M.D., FSCAI, NHLBI Clinical Medical Officer Nakela Cook, M.D., MPH, and Andrew M. Farb, M.D., of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in a comprehensive look at innovation and disparities in health care.

    SCAI undertook both programs in this education initiative with its own resources as well as commercial funding and support from Abbott Vascular and Medtronic CardioVascular.

    Download the Presentations

    Keynote Address- The Changing Paradigm of U.S. Health Care: The Need to Address Prevention and Health Care Disparity
    Dr. Mark Turco and Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)



    Patient Testimonials from WomenHeart and Mended Hearts
    Moderated by Dr. Roquell Wyche



    Innovation and Cost at a Crossroads: The Challenge for Health Care Reform

    The Heart Attack Reality: Dr. Mark Turco

    The Paradox of Prevention: Dr. Allan Taylor

    The Impact of Race and Gender: Marcos Pesquera

    The New World of Resource Allocation: The Need to Find Cost-Effective Approaches to Health Care
    Dr. Brian Smedley

    Afternoon Panel Discussion & Concluding Remarks
    Moderated by Dr. Ron Waksman

    Mending the Broken Heart
    Dr. Kenneth M. Kent

    Patient Testimonial - Evening Program

    The Disparity Reality in Health Care Delivery: Economic, Scientific, and Public Education Factors that Impact Care
    Dr. Nakela L. Cook

    Cardiovascular Device Innovation and Protecting Public Health: An FDA/CDRH Perspective
    Dr. Andrew Farb

    Evening Panel Discussion