Heart Nurses Wear Red

Heart Nurses Wear Red

Is your heart healthy?

Each year, the first Friday in February is Wear Red Day. Even from a distance, nurses with heart at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing are coming together to raise awareness about heart disease. It remains the leading cause of death, and heart disease deaths actually rose 17.1 percent between 2010 and 2019.

Furthermore, experts predict that the COVID-19 pandemic will directly and indirectly lead to more cases of heart disease and related deaths in the coming years – because research is showing that COVID-19 can damage the heart, because patients are delaying care, and because of negative outcomes of quarantine (such as a more sedentary lifestyle, increased alcohol consumption, or quarantine’s impact on mental health).

Heart Disease Remains No. 1 Killer, But COVID Will Have Big Impact


Center for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care

The Center for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is led by Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb,
and Hae-Ra Han, PhD, RN, FAAN. It aims to significantly reduce cardiovascular health disparities through community engagement, scientific investigation, education, and policy initiatives.


Cardiometabolic Health Interest Group

The Cardiometabolic Health Interest Group is led by Diana Baptiste, DNP, RN, CNE, FAAN and Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, PhD, MHS, RN, FAHA, FPCNA, FAAN. It brings together faculty and doctoral students for a collaborative approach to advance research, scholarship, teaching and more.


Scholarship on Heart Health at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Dr. Yvonne Commodore Mensah on the goals of her research.


Dr. Martha Abshire on caregiving for patients with end-stage heart failure.


Dr. Lucine Francis on childcare tips for providing healthy foods.


Pictured in featured image right to left: Dr. Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, Dean Patricia Davidson, Dr. Nancy Goldstein, Dr. Miki Goodwin, Dr. Binu Koirala, Dr. Martha Abshire, Bunmi Ogungbe (PhD student), Dr. Yvonne Commodore Mensah, Dr. Diana Baptiste, Dr. Ruth-Alma Turkson-Ocran, Sabrina de Souza Elias (PhD fellow), and Dr. Reiko Asano


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