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Getting at the Heart of Needs in Women’s Heart Health

February 29 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EST

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease—which refers to several types of heart conditions—is the leading cause of death in both women and men in the United States. Heart disease is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and it has a great economic toll on individuals, families, and society. Yet, despite the health and economic impacts of heart disease, there are persistent challenges in the United States when it comes to research gaps in women’s heart health and in clinical care.

This American Heart Month, join the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) for a webinar, which will review the burden of heart disease in women in the United States and will launch SWHR’s Heart Health Policy Agenda, which was informed by an interdisciplinary Working Group of policy experts, researchers, clinicians, and patient advocates in the fall of 2023. SWHR will also share findings from its recent exploration into ischemic heart disease as part of the SWHR Women’s Health Dashboard, which examines national and state data to identify needs and opportunities.




February 29
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EST
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  • Provide an overview of the impact of heart disease on women
  • Review SWHR Heart Policy Agenda
  • Review Ischemic Heart Disease Call to Action

Are you interested in seeing more of this type of educational programming on women’s health from SWHR?



Director of Preventive Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute
Director of Preventive Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute

Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA, FASPC, FESC is the President of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology. She recently joined the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute as a professor of cardiology and is the director of cardiovascular disease prevention, the associate director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center and holds the Anita Dann Friedman Endowed Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine and Research. She was a Professor of Medicine and the inaugural Chief of Cardiology at the University of Arizona. She is the author of the best-seller, “Saving Women’s Hearts”. She served as the chair of the national chest pain guidelines that were released in late 2021.

Her exceptional commitment to the study of women and cardiac diseases has won her numerous awards and distinctions, including the first CREDO (Coalition to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Cardiovascular Outcomes) Award from the American College of Cardiology, the National Red Dress Award, the 2019 American College of Cardiology’s Bernadine Healy Award amongst others. She was chosen as the most influential woman in Phoenix in 2019.

Dr. Gulati is Canadian and completed medical school at the University of Toronto, Canada.  She went on to complete her internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago.  She received a Masters’ in Science at the University of Chicago and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Society for Preventive Cardiology & the European Society of Cardiology.

Kathryn G. Schubert, MPP, CAE
President and CEO, Society for Women's Health Research
Kathryn G. Schubert, MPP, CAE
President and CEO, Society for Women's Health Research

Kathryn (Katie) Schubert joined the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) as President and CEO in April 2020. Under Katie’s leadership SWHR developed a strategic plan focused on fulfilling the organization’s mission of promoting research on biological sex differences in disease and improving women’s health through science, policy, and education. She previously worked for the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), where she served as the organization’s chief advocacy officer, growing SMFM’s role nationally and building its reputation in women’s health.

Katie is a trusted leader and consensus builder among women’s health stakeholders, particularly in the policy arena. She has served in multiple Board roles for nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC-area, including as Chair of the Board of the Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance and as advisor to the John E. Lewy Fund for Children’s Health. She is a past president of Women in Government Relations.

Prior to SMFM, Katie served as senior vice president at CRD Associates, where she advised clients — including nonprofit patient advocacy groups, medical professional organizations, and private companies — on government relations and public policy related to health and biomedical research issues, among others. She has also spent time working in key legislative roles on Capitol Hill. She received her BA from Mary Washington College and her Masters of Public Policy from George Washington University. Katie lives in Virginia with her husband, three children, and dog George.


Lindsey Miltenberger, MA
Chief Advocacy Officer, Society for Women's Health Research
Lindsey Miltenberger, MA
Chief Advocacy Officer, Society for Women's Health Research

Miltenberger provides oversight of SWHR’s government relations, communications, and advocacy functions. A member of SWHR’s senior team, she is responsible for helping to drive SWHR’s policy agenda, build relationships with key stakeholders and policymakers, and guide activities to improve women’s health through science, policy, and education.

Previously, Miltenberger served as the assistant director of government affairs for the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), where she was responsible for developing and implementing AADR’s federal policy agenda, spanning federal budget and appropriations issues, international scientific collaboration, scientific workforce matters, and tobacco policy.

Prior to AADR, Miltenberger served as a senior manager for advocacy at AcademyHealth, where she supported efforts to raise the visibility and promote the value of health services and systems research.

Miltenberger received her master’s degree in global communication, with a concentration in public diplomacy, from The George Washington University. She received her ABJ in public relations and her BA in international affairs from the University of Georgia.

Katherine Palmer
Science Policy Fellow, Society for Women's Health Research
Katherine Palmer
Science Policy Fellow, Society for Women's Health Research

As the Science Policy Fellow, Katherine Palmer supports the Women’s Health Dashboard by exploring research, care, and policy gaps in the United States related to ischemic heart disease in women. Palmer is currently a student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, earning her Master of Public Health degree in Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

Prior to SWHR, Palmer spent three years working on the COVID-19 vaccination response in the United States at the federal level. In this role, Palmer provided COVID-19 vaccine related coordination to sustain public health organizations, facilitated correct vaccine information exchange, and worked to address health disparities and vaccine hesitancy across the country. Her efforts culminated in a year-long project to capture and synthesize lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to provide policy recommendations that would leave the US better prepared for future outbreaks.

In addition to her work on the COVID-19 response, Palmer’s background includes experience in HIV, antimicrobial resistance, laboratory research, and science communication. Palmer has a BS in Biology, concentrating in microbiology, and a minor in Geography from George Mason University.


Support for this educational program has been provided by Amgen and Novartis. SWHR maintains independence and editorial control over program development, content, and work products.