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HOPE Challenge: Heart of the Matter Recap


In observance of American Heart Month, HPM’s Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions (HCHDS) hosted discussions with leading policy and medical experts about equity in cardiovascular health and how to advance policies that can positively change the health destinies of marginalized communities in the U.S. today and for generations to come. As part of the HOPE (Health Opportunities for Policy Equity) Challenge, a collaborative initiative designed to leverage federal policy solutions to close racial and ethnic health disparities and a recipient of the inaugural Johns Hopkins University Nexus Awards.  

The forum took place on February 6, 2024, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Center at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington D.C. Featured moderators and panelists included Mariana Atencio, Peabody-winning journalist, National Museum of the American Latino Spokesperson and former MSNBC and NBC correspondent; Marco Davis, CHCI President and CEO, Carlos Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC, Chair, National Hispanic Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative; Chiadi Ndumele, MD, PhD, MHS, Robert E. Meyerhoff Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University Department of Medicine; Richard Allen Williams, MD, FACC, Founder, Association of Black Cardiologists; Eduardo Sanchez, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Prevention, American Heart Association; Elena Rios,  MD, MSPH, MACP, President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association; J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, President and CEO, Trust for America’s Health; Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, PhD, Visiting Scholar Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management; and Darrell Gaskin, PhD, MS, William C., and Nancy F. Richardson professor and Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Director.