John Chin, MD, FHFSA
Early Career Committee
Payman Zamani, MD, FHFSA
Martha Biddle, PhD, APRN, CCNS
Mark Munger, PharmD, FHFSA
Mitchell Saltzberg, MD, FHFSA, FACC, FAHA
Diane F. Gauthier, MS, RNP-BC
Judith E. Hupcey, EdD, FAAN
Kathleen A. Dracup, RN, PHD, CNSc, FNP, FAAN, FHFSA
Douglas L. Mann, MD, FHFSA
G. Michael Felker, MD, FHFSA
Colleen McIlvennan, DNP, ANP, FHFSA
Orly Vardeny, PharmD, FHFSA
|February 11, 2018
HFSA President’s Blog: Heart Failure Awareness Week & Committees Part Two
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
This is the beginning of National Heart Failure Awareness Week – the week within American Heart Month dedicated to promoting heart failure awareness and prevention. I am proud to note that this week came about as a result of a declaration in 2001 by HFSA through the US Senate that the week of Valentine’s Day be designated as National Heart Failure Awareness week, to increase national awareness about the severity of this disease. This is an excellent time for all of us to take a step back and recognize the amazing contributions and the opportunities for advancing care for our patients with heart failure, and the role our Society plays in these efforts through its focus on patient advocacy, research and education.
And what better time to continue our efforts to highlight the work of our outstanding HFSA committees. In the last edition of the blog we focused on the work and goals of seven of the thirteen HFSA Committees: the Advocacy, Digital, Education, Finance, Lifetime Achievement, Research and Scientific Statements Committees. It is my great pleasure to continue the salute to the working groups that make our society such a powerful force in the battle to reduce the burden of heart failure, by dedicating this edition to the work of the remaining six committees, their goals, and their key initiatives for the coming year.
The Development Committee is being led by John Chin, MD, FHFSA. Their goals for 2018 include:
Additionally, we challenged the Development Committee to select high level spokespersons who could be strong advocates for the society.
The Early Career Committee is chaired by Payman Zamani, MD, FHFSA. Their goals for 2018 are:
Martha Biddle, PhD, APRN, CCNS; Mark Munger, PharmD, FHFSA; and Mitchell Saltzberg, MD, FHFSA, FACC, FAHA are Co-Chairs of the Membership Committee. Their goals for 2018 are:
The Nursing Committee is led by Diane F. Gauthier, MS, RNP-BC and Judith E. Hupcey, EdD, FAAN. Goals for 2018 include:
The Publications Committee, chaired by Kathleen A. Dracup, RN, PHD, CNSc, FNP, FAAN, FHFSA, is working with the Journal of Cardiac Failure (JCF) to concurrently review the following documents for publication suitability:
Finally, Program Committee Co-Chairs, Douglas L. Mann, MD, FHFSA, G. Michael Felker, MD, FHFSA, Colleen McIlvennan, DNP, ANP, FHFSA, Orly Vardeny, PharmD, FHFSA, report that plans are underway for a stimulating and exciting meeting in Nashville. Working groups are currently reviewing session proposals to begin to developing the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting program. Keynote speakers for the meeting will be chosen soon. Among the Committee’s goals for the meeting are:
On behalf of all HFSA members, I thank the Committee Chairs, Co-chairs and committee members for all you do to support the mission of our society. I’m looking forward to seeing the results of these important initiatives in the year ahead.
Christopher O’Connor, MD, FHFSA