EmPOWERED Women

Four-part collaborative series between EmPOWERED to Serve™ and Go Red for Women®

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EmPOWERED Black Women and Well-Being Roundtable: This virtual experience is the first in a collaborative series between EmPOWERED to Serve™ and Go Red for Women. Amy Dubois Barnett, senior vice president and general manager of digital for BET, moderated, and Sorority Presidents from the Divine Nine (D9) and The Links, Incorporated led the discussion.

The conversation explored health equity and how the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines relate to the heart health of Black women — because we know one life lost due to heart disease is one too many.
CPR and Opioid Use in Communities of Color: In honor of Women’s History Month, the American Heart Association held the EmPOWERED Women CPR and Opioid Use in Communities of Color roundtable.

The event focused on CPR, as studies have shown significant disparities in bystander CPR rates for people of color and women, as well as opioid misuse among women of color.

The roundtable was moderated by Lydia T. Blanco, journalist, host, producer and digital media personality. Distinguished panelists included Paula Blackwell,  Executive director, Central Maryland Area Health Education Center; Brandon Holt, minister, motivator, LCDC counselor, and author; Abigail Kohler, Co-founder Resuscitech and 2020 AHA EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator awardee; and Kathryn Cates-Wessel, Chief Executive Officer, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.