Sister to Sister: The Women’s Heart Health Foundation
Heart disease is the number one killer of American women—but it doesn't have to be. Sister to Sister is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation dedicated to preventing heart disease in women. We don't just promise women that they have the power to protect their own hearts. We also mobilize them to take action!
Started in 2000 by women's health advocate Irene Pollin, MSW, PhD (Hon), Sister to Sister’s mission is to move women to get screened for heart disease, to motivate women to make risk lowering changes, and to inspire women to rally others to the cause.
As the nation’s only large-scale provider of free heart disease screenings, Sister to Sister has screened over 80,000 women and educated countless more about heart disease. We are in communities across the country providing free heart screenings and counseling to women at our Sister to Sister Annual Women's Heart Day Fairs, and we're connecting women to local health resources and the support of each other.
Sister to Sister enjoys an ongoing relationship with researchers at The Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School and The Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Our data is studied by this country's top heart doctors and is being used to create new, more effective programs for women. One of our most notable programs is the Sister to Sister Women’s Heart Data Registry. This database of women is unique in that it provides heart health researchers the opportunity to study a large population that is truly representative of American women.
Online at www.sistertosister.org women can find plain-language information about taking charge of their heart health. Our website covers every step of the journey to a healthier heart, from helping a woman locate a nearby screening center and providing a free online heart risk assessment, to offering healthy living advice and management tools, access to experts, heart healthy recipes, and community support.
One in four women dies of heart disease, even though heart disease is easily preventable. Find out what you can do to help change those odds at www.sistertosister.org.