Here is some information about the Heart-to-Heart Community Outreach Campaign:
- What is the Heart-to-Heart Community Outreach Campaign?
The Heart-to-Heart Community Outreach Campaign is a multi-institutional service program funded and supported by the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) of Weill Cornell Medical College and a Connections for Cardiovascular Health grant through the AstraZeneca Foundation. The program addresses healthcare disparities by providing free and accessible cardiovascular health screenings to the underserved communities of New York City. NYC has one of the highest rates of uninsured residents among urban areas in the United States. A lack of health insurance usually coincides with fewer physician visits, less awareness about personal state of health, and an increase in chronic health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. By bringing free health screenings and individual physician consults into underserved neighborhoods, we empower residents to make beneficial lifestyle changes that improve their overall health.
- How long have you been around?
The program was founded in 2010 by Jonathan D. Moreno and Suchit H. Patel, two MD/PhD students at Weill Cornell Medical College. Since its inception, the Heart-to-Heart Community Outreach Campaign has continued to provide free health screenings throughout NYC.
- Where is H2H working?
Our program has worked in four of the five boroughs of New York City, with the exception of Staten Island. In the future, the Campaign is looking to expand its free health screenings on a nation-wide level by partnering with other medical colleges.
- How does H2H choose where to host an event?
Each event is carried out in partnership with a local community organization including, but not limited to: churches, senior centers, recreational centers, health fairs, and other community centers. The organization is responsible for providing space, advertising the event, and recruiting members of their community to attend the free health screening. Sites interested in hosting an event can contact us to receive a request form with additional details.
- How can I help?
Volunteers affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College or CTSC partner institutions are welcome. Attending physicians willing to volunteer time for consultations are especially appreciated. Volunteers can work on various program logistics including program promotion on social media and participant recruitment at events. There is a required volunteer training before each health screening.
- How can I find out where H2H is hosting its next event?
You can find details for upcoming events on our website. Please continue to visit for updates. You can also find information on our Twitter account: @H2HOutreach.
- How long is the screening including consultation? When do I get my results?
The entire process takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes, including a consultation with a heath professional. You will receive your results immediately, on the same day of the event. Results include blood tests looking at heart disease risk (total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL) as well as diabetes risk (A1C and blood glucose).
- Can I register in advance to have a health screening at an event?
No, unless the host organization is pre-registering participants. Screening is on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Are screenings available to non-English speakers?
Yes, we can currently screen participants who speak Spanish and Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin)
- I do not have health insurance. Can I still be screened?
Yes. The Heart-to-Heart Campaign is open to the public, including uninsured participants. We offer information regarding local, low-cost or free clinics in New York City at our screenings.
- What can I do if my results suggest that I am at high risk for heart disease or diabetes?
If your results suggest that you are at risk for heart disease or diabetes, we offer lifestyle counseling and other resources to improve your health. If results suggest that you need to see a doctor immediately, we will provide you with cab fare and send you to the nearest emergency room, but you will be responsible for the cost of the ER.
- Are the events held outdoors?
Yes, events are held both indoors and outdoors.
- Will my information be shared?
The Heart-to-Heart campaign does not collect any identifying information from participants; your information is confidential and anonymous. We may combine all the anonymous data we collect and report averages and other statistics in reports in scientific journals or meetings for research purposes.