Health Systems and Policy

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

Listed below are some of the projects and initiatives of the Training and Education theme.

Systems Level Assessment Project 

This project will identify systems-level barriers in access to women’s specific cardiac care across Canada and differences across regions and levels of service provision to inform care and policy changes. More information coming soon. 

State of the Science in Women’s Cardiovascular Disease: A Canadian Perspective on the Influence of Sex and Gender 

A national collaborative effort of over 35 authors from across Canada (including a number of women with lived experience) published this scientific statement summarizing critical sex- and gender-specific issues in cardiovascular disease (CVD). This comprehensive review of the evidence focused on the sex- and gender-specific differences in comorbidity, risk factors, disease awareness, presentation, diagnosis, and treatment across the entire spectrum of CVD. 

Read the article in the Journal of American Heart Association →

The Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance ATLAS on the Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Management of Cardiovascular Disease in Women

The Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance (CWHHA) ATLAS is a collection of chapters being published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology Open, accompanied by detailed infographics, that report on the current state of cardiovascular disease in women. The goal of the ATLAS is to help clinicians recognize the unique aspects of women’s heart health care and provide policy-makers with the information they need to ensure equitable care for women with cardiovascular disease. 

Learn more about the ATLAS, read chapters and view recorded webinars →