The Home Heart Health program was initiated to develop, implement, and evaluate an adapted cardiac rehabilitation program for the home care setting. Over the past few months, we have been working to make this program sustainable in the Greater New York Area, and reach the final piece of our mission-- to disseminate our work on a national scale to improve care for patients nationwide. We are excited to share with you some of our dissemination success story...
The 31st American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Annual Meeting
It was an honor to present our work alongside a panel of speakers with expertise in home-based cardiac rehab programs. What makes our program unique is that we are the only program to work within the context of a certified home health agency, increasing the feasibility of our program and likelihood of a formal reimbursement mechanism down the road.
The panel, entitled "Delivering Home-based Cardiac Rehabilitation", was delivered by Kariann R. Drawl, MS, CCRP, RCEP; Jodi Feinberg, RN, BSN; Paul Oh, MD, MSc, FRCPC, and Mary Whooley, MD, FACP, FAHA, FACC. Dr. Oh presented on a home-based cardiac rehab program at the University Health Network cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program in Toronto, Canada. Ms. Drawl spoke about a home-based cardiac rehab program through Veterans Affairs (VA). Ms. Feinberg shared our work with the Home Heart Health program, which functions in the context of the Visiting Nurse Service of NY, a home care agency. This conference allowed our work to be explored on a national platform, and the connections and networking accomplished at this event will lead the way for future expansion of the program.
The Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
Our first manuscript was recently published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, a peer-reviewed, leading journal on cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention. It is the only professional journal for the entire cardiovascular team. Our publication in this journal will greatly expand our impact on clinicians and patients nationwide. There are 3,354 members of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) who receive this journal, in addition to the countless scholars, faculty, students, and community members who will be able to access it through search engines such as google scholar and pubmed. Furthermore, this article is open access to increase accessibility to the public and the patient community.
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