Governance

The CWHHA consists of over 65 members from across Canada consisting of clinicians, scientists, allied health professionals, program administrators, and patient partners. The CWHHA is powered by the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute with funding support from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation.

The Alliance comprises an Executive Steering Committee, Secretariat, and four Working Groups.

Alliance governance structure

Executive Steering Committee

The Executive Steering Committee provides guidance for committees and working group initiatives to ensure that all activities are aligned with the common mission and vision of the Alliance.

Thais Coutinho, MD
Executive Steering Committee Chair
Co-Chair, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit
Chief, Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Associate Professor, University of Ottawa 
Ottawa, ON
Bob Reid, PhD., MBA
Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation,
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Associate Professor, University of Ottawa 
Ottawa, ON
Jackie Ratz, BAHons
Co-Chair, Woman with lived experience
Winnipeg, MB
Karen E. Jacques, JD
Co-Chair, Woman with lived experience
Kincardine, ON

 
Beth L. Abramson MD, MSc, FRCP, FACC
Chair, Training and Education Working Group
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Paul Albrechtsen Professor in Cardiac Prevention and Women's Health
Division of Cardiology at St. Michael's Hospital
Toronto, ON
Tara Sedlak MD, FRCPC 
Chair, Advocacy Working Group
Medical Director, Leslie Diamond Women’s Health Clinic and Cardiologist, Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals 
Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia 
Vancouver, BC
 
Colleen Norris, PhD, MSc, BScN, RN
Chair, Health Systems & Policy Working Group
Scientific Director, Cardiovascular Health & Stroke
Strategic Clinical Network
Professor, Faculty of Nursing
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine and School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
 
Sharon Mulvagh MD, FRCP(C), FACC, FAHA, FASE
Chair, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Co-Director Women’s Heart Health Clinic
QEII Health Sciences Centre
Professor of Medicine, Dalhousie University  
Halifax, NS
Professor Emeritus, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN USA
Kara Nerenberg, MD 
Appointed Member
Kara Nerenberg, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor, University of Calgary
Departments of Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Community Health Sciences
Division of General Internal Medicine (Obstetric Medicine)
Calgary, AB

Secretariat

The purpose of the Secretariat is to facilitate the growth and development of the CWHHA and to support promotion and collaboration, and dissemination and implementation of best practices regarding women’s heart health across Canada. 

The Secretariat is a convening body that provides operational, communications, and project management support, and facilitates knowledge brokering membership engagement, and stakeholder coordination. The Secretariat is housed at the Canada Women’s Heart Health Centre at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Members

Dr. Thais Coutinho
Thais Coutinho, MD
Executive Steering Committee Chair
Co-Chair, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit
Chief, Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Associate Professor, University of Ottawa 
Ottawa, ON
Kerri-Anne Mullen, Ph.D., MSc
Director, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre and Prevention and Wellness Centre
Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON
Lisa Comber, KTPC, BA
Knowledge Translation Lead, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre
Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON
Melissa Core-Gunn, BSc, DIPM
Program Officer, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre, and Prevention and Wellness Centre
Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON

Working Groups

 

Knowledge Translation and Mobilization

The Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group is responsible for translating existing and new knowledge about cardiovascular health and disease in women and creating sex-specific guidelines, tools, and programs focused on improving outcomes for Canadian women.

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Training and Education

The Training and Education Working Group is responsible for determining the best methods and means to enhance education and training about cardiovascular issues specific to women. Projects target various audiences such as the general public, physicians, nurses, students, and allied health staff in a phased approach.

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Advocacy

The Advocacy Working Group is responsible for determining the best methods and means to enhance awareness about women’s cardiovascular health in multiple communities across Canada and to stimulate new interest in the field of women’s cardiovascular health.

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Health Systems and Policy

The Health Systems and Policy working group is responsible for exploring cost-effective strategies to improve and monitor women’s cardiovascular health and to promote these strategies based on findings.

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The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is the convening body of the Canadian Women's Heart Health Alliance, which is a network of experts and advocates from across Canada aiming to improve women's cardiovascular health across the lifespan.

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