The American Heart Association’s annual New Haven Go Red For Women Event, presented by Yale New Haven Health, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 11. This year’s event will be a digital experience focusing on women’s heart health. It will provide women with information, education and awareness they need to help reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.
Serving as chair of the event, Lisa Freed, MD, general cardiologist and director of the Women’s Heart and Vascular Program at Yale New Haven Hospital Heart and Vascular Center, will lead volunteers, survivors, and business leaders to help raise funds to support Go Red for Women. Money raised will go toward research and education to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke in Connecticut.
“Heart disease is still sometimes thought of as a man’s disease, although the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the United States,” said Dr. Lisa Freed. “Despite increases in awareness over the past decade, only 54 percent of women recognize that heart disease is their No. 1 killer. This event will help to empower women to take charge of their heart health and save lives.”
The Go Red event will kick off at 6 p.m. with an educational program featuring a keynote address, an inspiring survivor story, a fundraising appeal, and several health experts sharing educational information from Yale New Haven Health. A silent auction will also be featured.
This year’s New Haven Go Red For Women campaign will also feature a STEM Goes Red digital event in conjunction with Yale New Haven Health. STEM Goes Red, an extension of the Go Red For Women movement, fosters young women’s interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and encourages them to explore careers in those disciplines. On Feb. 3, more than 75 students from around Connecticut will participate in a digital event featuring mentor speakers from various backgrounds in STEM careers. There will also be an interactive science trivia game. Dr. Freed will also lead the STEM event.
Although women fill close to half of all the jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). By encouraging young women to pursue careers in the STEM fields, the American Heart Association aims to help spur the next generation of scientists and researchers to save millions of women from heart disease and stroke. Roughly 12 women die each day from cardiovascular disease and stroke in Connecticut; approximately 80 percent of these deaths are preventable.
To attend the 2021 New Haven Go Red For Women digital event, or for sponsorship information, call Todd Boe at the American Heart Association, 203-295-2941. For information about Go Red For Women, visit www.goredforwomen.org.