#HERHEARTMATTERS: The Development of a Web Based Educational Resource for Health Care Providers who Provide Cardiovascular Care to Women

Lay Summary 

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in North America, and the leading cause of early death in Canadian women. However, the majority of work in this area has focused on men. Health care providers do not have a clear understanding of women's heart health and their risk factors for heart disease. In 2018, the Canadian Women's Heart Health Alliance (CWHHA) was formed, to address concerns about women's heart health. The CWHHA is a group of experts in heart health that is interested in developing strategies to enhance education, training and knowledge dissemination related to women's heart health. The need for disease-based education to help health care providers recognize the complex interactions required to understand and treat women's heart health, was identified as a priority educational initiative for the CWHHA.


The goal of this project is to develop a series of Women's Heart Health web based modules to address the specific learning needs of health care professionals. The objectives of the project are:


1. To identify key content and layout for the web-based modules related to women's heart health.


2. To develop web-based modules and identify instructional strategies to engage learners.


3. To develop the process to disseminate the web-based module to identified health care professionals.


This project undertakes activities that will facilitate the uptake of sex and gender considerations into best practice guidelines on women's heart health. That is the integration into practice of important research findings related to sex, gender and women's heart health. 


Adapted from: https://webapps.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/funding/detail_e?pResearchId=9306512&p_version=CIHR&p_language=E&p_session_id=3383475

School of Nursing
Canadian Institutes Of Health Research
Newfoundland and Labrador
Heart Disease
Health Information
Start date 
1 May 2019
End date 
30 Apr 2020
Support Organization 
Canadian Women's Heart Health Alliance