A Change of Heart
Our A Change of Heart® program promotes heart disease awareness. It encourages you to get an assessment so you can make better decisions about heart health. It also helps you become an advocate of heart healthy living and set an example for your friends and family. Together, we can improve awareness and inspire change.
- Be knowledgeable about your risk for heart disease.
- Have a heart health assessment so that you know your baseline risk for heart disease.
- Become an advocate for heart health by sharing this message with your friends and family.
The program’s Women’s Heart Health Council includes community and business leaders from eight Kansas counties who spread the message about the importance of women’s heart health. We also offer free advocacy kits with tips and tools women can share with family and friends to help them live heart healthier lives.
Girls' Night In
The program also receives funds from Girls' Night In, an event that brings women together to promote healthy heart awareness. In its eighth year, the event raised more than $70,000 for women's heart health programs.
Program's Medical Director Believes in A Change of Heart
The medical director of A Change of Heart is Ashley Simmons, MD, cardiologist at The University of Kansas Hospital. As medical director, Dr. Simmons works to ensure a women's heart care program that provides comprehensive services – from heart disease prevention and diagnosis to treatment and management.
In her own words
"Prevention and screening play a key role in ensuring good cardiovascular health. Women find comfort in taking care of others, but sometimes we need a reminder to take care of ourselves and set an example of good health for our children, families and friends.
"Through A Change of Heart, we can each learn about our own heart health and how to reduce our risk for heart disease. We can also become advocates of good heart health by sharing what we learn with others."
Ashley Simmons, MD
Specialty: General Cardiology
Medical school: Creighton University
Residency and fellowship: The University of Kansas Medical Center
Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine