10 Things About Caroline Winn & Go Red For Women
“When they go low, we go high.”
– Michelle Obama
As the American Heart Association (AHA) celebrates its 100th anniversary, it continues to make bold moves to save lives and pioneer scientific discovery. Since 2004, Go Red for Women has addressed the awareness and clinical care gaps of women’s greatest health threat, cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD is the leading cause of death in women, claiming more lives than all cancers combined. Caroline Winn is Chair of the “Go Red for Women” initiative for the American Heart Association of Southern California.
#1 I grew up in Sacramento.
#2 My Dad’s hard work, dedication and resilience taught me the importance of perseverance. My Dad worked two jobs to make ends meet for my family. He was an engineer, and one of the reasons why I went to college and graduated with an electrical engineering degree. His unconditional love and support have given me the confidence to chase my dreams and molded me into the person I am today.
#3 My daughter and I are Taylor Swift fans.
#4 It is on my bucket list to have a cooking lesson from a 5-star chef.
#5 One of my favorite movies is “Hidden Figures”, which is about three brilliant African American female mathematicians who worked at NASA in the 1960s and helped launch John Glenn into orbit. These incredible trailblazers overcame extraordinary challenges and prejudice.
#6 It is a privilege to be able to give back to our community and find solutions that improve the lives of those who need help the most.
#7 AHA brings together women from all walks of life to champion and support each other, to empower them to take charge of their health, and to inspire them to take action to address inequities in access and quality of care.
#8 AHA works to close the gender gap in medical research by engaging more women in STEM. Whether it is engineering or medical research, women bring a different perspective to the table on how to solve problems. For years, the assumption was made, wrongly, that diseases manifest themselves in women the same way as they do in men, and that women metabolize drugs the same way as men do. It has taken a while for society to recognize the significant gender gap in medical research that has compromised the quality of health information and care women receive.
#9 The U.S. has one of the worst maternal mortality rates among developed countries. Heart disease is the Number 1 killer of new moms and pregnancy-related deaths are on the rise.
#10 Women continue to be underrepresented and underfunded in research and STEM fields. We are addressing this through Research Goes Red, STEM Goes Red and efforts to increase funding and research on CVD in women.
American Heart Association
Go Red For Women
February 23, 2024
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