Introduction to Women and Heart Disease
The Women and Heart Disease Task Force was the result of Senate Bill 352 championed by Senators Durell Peaden and Jim King during the 2000 Florida Legislature. The bill created the task force within the Department of Health and assigned the department to take lead in supporting the task force as it reviewed the significant differences in treatment, education and impact of heart disease in women. The task force reviewed current practice guidelines, insurance codes, patient education; community, public and private coordination of efforts and made recommendations to the Florida Legislature.
The Division of Family Health Services, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention was responsible for the support of the Women and Heart Disease Task Force and the Director of Family Health Services served as chair.
The task force met monthly through May 2001 to develop an interim report for former DOH Secretary Brooks. The official report to the Governor and Legislature was submitted January 15, 2002.
For more information regarding the Women and Heart Disease Task Force, contact the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention at (850) 245-4330.