Stakeholder Symposium on Women’s Heart Health – July 12

The Heart & Stroke Foundation presents the

“Heart of a Woman Stakeholder Symposium on Women’s Health”

Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Barbados

Friday, 12 July 2019, 9.00m-4.30pm



About the event:

Every year, more Barbadian women die prematurely from heart disease and stroke (CVD) than all cancers combined. Yet the average Bajan woman and many medical providers still think that breast cancer is a woman’s worst enemy!

In this symposium, we will bring together women with CVD and public and private sector decision-makers, with the aim of empowering all with the knowledge to address drivers of CVD at home, school and work.

Speakers include local and international experts in cardiology, nutrition, fitness, mental health and workplace wellness.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the signs, symptoms and impact of cardiovascular disease from medical experts
  • Exchange ideas with women living and working with Cardiovascular Disease
  • Champion change in your institution and community

Vision: Move Barbadians to an aspired quality of life. Create a healthy nation. Change a culture.


Aim: Use knowledge of heart disease and stroke in women to mobilise stakeholders to address the drivers of cardiovascular disease in Barbados



Use the global burden of CVD to inform the local impact of heart disease and stroke – especially in women

  1. Educate stakeholders on key interventions to reduce the burden of CVD
  1. Mobilise stakeholders to  develop an action plan to reduce CVD burden in Barbados

Statement of learning objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Reference  the economic and social impact of cardiovascular diseases in Barbados, as a small island developing state
  1. Identify examples of  their individual responsibility for reducing this social impact
  1. Use a basic understanding of common cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors to implement a strategic action plan
  1. Utilize the 7 key interventions to reduce CVD risk


Who should attend?

  • Women living with cardiovascular disease
  • Public policy makers and implementing agencies* – *Key Sectors: Health & Wellness, Eldercare, Education, Finance, Labour,
  • Sport, Manufacturing, Retail Distribution, Information and Tourism.
  • Private sector companies with large female workforce
  • Private Sector Companies serving female customers
  • NGOs and funding agencies tackling women’s issues
  • Labour unions and employee associations
  • Employers, HR practitioners and managers
  • Life and health insurance companies
  • Health and wellness professionals
  • Students and private citizens


$250 – Professional/ Corporate Attendees

$220 – Group (4 or more persons)

$150 – Private Citizens or Students

*Registration includes all conference materials, meals & access to the HoW Trade Show



Select Ticketpal Outlets:

Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, St. Michael

A&B Music Supplies, Sheraton Centre, Christ Church

Origin Boutique, Limegrove, St. James

For more information contact Hibiscus Health Caribbean at:

246-269-6183/ 53-9384;


Draft Programme


Start End Topic Description Speaker
8:00 9:00 Registration open Attendees register, badge collection booths are opening etc
    OPENING CEREMONY Opening for entire conference
9:00 9:02 National Anthem
9:02 9:06 Welcome and Opening Remarks Mrs. Michelle Daniel – CEO. HSFB
9:06 9:10 Welcome Address – HSFB Leadership (5:00 minutes) Mrs. Ena Harvey – Snr. Vice-President & Chair, Fundraising Committee
9:11 9:21 Address – Minister of Health & Wellness (10:00 minutes) Min. (Hon.) Jeffrey Bostic, Minister of Health & Wellness or
9:22 9:25 ‘HoW Highlights – A Preview’ Video Presentation Pre-recorded
9:26 9:29 Feature Address  Prime Minister of Barbados
9:30 9:34 Call-To-Action’ Presentation Mrs. Cicely Spencer-Cross
9:35 9:40 Vote of Thanks – TBD Board Member, HSFB – To be determined
9:40 10:10 Break
Public Symposium Ena Harvey as MC
10:15 10:30 Why talk about it? The status of heart health in Barbados and worldwide Professor Alafia Samuels gives an overview of the epidemiology (statistics of disease) of heart and vascular disease in Barbados and worldwide Prof. Alafia Samuels, Director, Chronic Disease Research Centre
10:30 10:40 What do you mean the heart has chambers- is it a house? Let’s review the basics of heart and vascular structure and function Dr. Dawn Scantlebury, Interventional Cardiologist
10:40 10:50 I need a handyman Now we know what the heart does, let’s take a closer look at what can go wrong. DCS
10:50 12:20 Moving personal stories highlight symptoms of heart disease as experts explain more about the condition involved. Panel:  Dr. Harold Watson, Emergency Medicine Specialist, Dr. Patricia Best, Cardiologist; Richard Ishmael, Cardiologist; Dr. Gina Lundberg, Cardiologist; Dr. Dawn Scantlebury, Interventional Cardiologist
Power Outage! The day I died. A personal experience with cardiac arrest Jennifer Fergusson, Survivor
The plumbing is choked up Let’s talk about heart attack symptoms. How are women different? MI patient
Quick- the sink is overflowing! Does heart failure mean that I’m dying? HF patient
There was a hurricane and now part of my roof has gone How do I know if I’m having a stroke? What should I do? Stroke patient
That door was faulty from the time it was installed I was born with heart disease A Griffith
12:20 13:20 Lunch
13:20 13:30 What are the risk factors for heart disease?  Introduction to Life’s simple 7 Dr. Gina Lundberg
13:30 14:00 “Eat, Drink, Move, Think” – Adults Helene Charlebois, Registered Dietitian
14:00 PM 14:20 “At the Heart of Productivity” – Heart Health in the Workplace/school Session Wellness programmes, Stress management, Barriers to healthy lifestyles, AEDs in public places,  ‘Women Heart at Work’ Etc.. Interactive panel discussion with Janelle Chase-Mayers, Jennifer Ferguson, Helene Charlebois, Gina Lundberg, Author of workplace wellness . HCC invitee.
14:20 14:40 Refreshment break
14:40 16:20 A call to action: Brainstorming session/ Workplace challenge Group discussions followed by sharing session.
16:20 16:30 Wrap up. Future steps HSFB leadership. Press conference


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