OSF St. Joseph Medical Center

Women's Heart Ambassadors

According to the American Heart Association, only one in five American women believe heart disease is her greatest heart threat. Yet, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. To help change these statistics, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center started the Women Heart Ambassadors. A sister group has now been established at OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center. Their mission is to raise awareness and educate women about how to control the risks of heart disease.

The Women Heart Ambassadors have all been affected by heart disease in some way. They are women of all ages with different stories to tell. They volunteer their time to share those stories and present information on heart disease in women. Their main message: heart disease is preventable, not inevitable.

The Women Heart Ambassadors are available to speak at an event or meeting at no cost. They will share their stories and discuss ways to prevent heart disease. Many women who have heard them present say the Women Heart Ambassadors made a difference in how they look at their own health --- making small changes that can ultimately be a step toward a healthier you.

To request a presentation, or to join the Women Heart Ambassadors, please contact Director of Volunteer Services Bobbi Hynes at (309) 665-4728.