In an ongoing effort to shine the spotlight on underserved disease states, the ABC successfully launched a new initiative in March 2018 focused on disparities in diagnosis and initial treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) among the African American population.
SEPTEMBER IS PAD AWARENESS MONTH
The ABC 2018 Roundtable: Addressing PAD Diagnosis and Treatment Disparities in African Americans was designed with a goal of convening 16 diverse stakeholders including physicians, community leaders and advocacy experts to meaningfully address challenges and barriers to diagnosis and initial treatment of PAD in the African American population.
Op-Ed: Reduce American Amputations by Enacting Comprehensive Solutions to PAD (September 26, 2018, Morning Consult)
by Ehrin Armstrong, Lola Coke, Foluso Fakorede, and Bryan Fisher
Op-Ed: Healthcare is Justice for Underserved Communities (November 3, 2018, Medpage Today)
Accomplishments of Initiative to date:
- (March 2018) The first step in this Initiative included a Roundtable to develop a deeper and well-rounded understanding of PAD-related challenges from patient, provider and community perspectives and to identify five actionable recommendations/solutions.
- This Roundtable was effective in bringing together patient advocates and advocacy organizations, healthcare providers (including specialists in vascular surgery, interventional cardiology, podiatry, and cardiology) and leaders from faith-based communities.
- (April 2018) An initial infographic summary of the Roundtable proceedings is published.
- (September 2018) members of the ABC PAD Initiative and the PAD Task Force Workgroup held a Congressional Briefing entitled “Preventing Unnecessary Amputations: Peripheral Artery Disease and Congressional Responses.” The briefing asked Congress to direct the Administration to convene an intragovernmental workgroup to develop a standardized model for amputation reduction and raise awareness on the issue.
This highly collaborative Initiative would not have been possible without the continued insights and involvement of the talented and dedicated volunteers who represent many different sectors and organizations. The ABC is particularly grateful to be able to work with these individuals towards shared goals.
Foluso Fakorede, MD
CEO, Cardiovascular Solutions of Central Mississippi
Lee Kirksey, MD, MBA
Vice Chairman, Department of Vascular Surgery
Sydell and Arnold Miller Heart and Vascular Institute,
Walter W. Buckley Endowed Chair
The Cleveland Clinic
Andre Artis, MD, MBA, FACC, FASCI, Board Member, Association of Black Cardiologists
Zaneta Batchelor, Healthcare Lobbyist and Market Strategist, Larry J Overton & Associates
Mark A. Creager, MD, FAHA, Director, Heart and Vascular Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Anna Gundlach Huber Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Millicent Gorham, PhD, MBA, FAAN, Executive Director, National Black Nurses Association
Aaron Horne, MD, MBA, Board Member, Association of Black Cardiologists
Barbara Hutchinson, MD, PhD, FACC, President (2016-2018), Association of Black Cardiologists
Dan Jones, DPM, Podiatry Specialist, Comfort Podiatry Group
Bishop Jerry L. Maynard, PhD, Cathedral of Praise
Mary McGowan, MHRM, CEO, Women Heart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH, FACC, Professor and Director Clinical Research Center, Morehouse School of Medicine
Sue Peschin, MHS, President and CEO, Alliance for Aging Research
John Romans, CEO, Biomedix
Felix Sogade, MD, FACC, FHRS, Chairman of the Board (2016-2018), Association of Black Cardiologists
Mary L. Yost, MBA, President, The Sage Group LLC
The ABC would like to thank the following sponsors for their unrestricted support of the Roundtable:
Cardiovascular Systems Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceuticals