Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine
Women and Heart Disease Forum
A New Force in Minority Health
IAMMM, the American Heart Association (AHA) and AMERIGROUP-District of Columbia hosted a symposium as part of the AHA’s “Go Red for Women” campaign, which focuses on women and heart disease. Richard Allen Williams, MD, IAMMM board vice chair and founder of the Association of Black Cardiologists; Patricia Davidson, MD, FACP, medical internist and cardiologist; and Sandra Nichols, MD, medical director of AMERIGROUP-District of Columbia, each spoke about heart disease, the number one killer among women. Dr. Williams presented a historical perspective of the disease, while Dr. Davidson spoke about current trends. Dr. Nichols provided statistics specific to Washington, DC. Other participants included health professionals and consumers, such as representatives from the District of Columbia Department of Health, Howard University, the Medical Center of DC., 9th Sign Communications, and other primary care facilities.
Robert Williams, MD, Howard University Hospital; William Brown, MD, DC Chirurgical Medical Society; Karyn Berr , DC DOH, Patricia Davidson, MD, Cardiologist; Richard Al- len Williams, MD; Sandra Nichols, MD, AMERIGROUP-DC; Madeline Y. Lawson, IAMMM Executive Vice President; Ludlow McKa , IAMMM Board Member