We couldn’t meet in person in Washington D.C. this year, however, we felt our community would benefit from the incredible content we’d planned. Heart Connection 2022 Virtual Education Series presents all of our favorite topics from the annual conference in an easy-to-attend, easy-to-digest format – for all those impacted by CHD – patients, family members, and care team members.  Our educational sessions will include live and pre-recorded presentations and panel discussions featuring experts in the field, as well as the patients and families who experience all aspects of CHD in their daily lives.

Together, we are changing the landscape of congenital heart disease.

Together, we are #ConqueringCHD!

Heart-Brain Connection

Congenital heart disease is never just about the heart. CHD can have vast impacts on other parts of the body and mind. Our Heart Connection webinar series continues in June, as we discuss how CHD impacts the mental health of patients, parents and caregivers, significant others, family members, and our community. Read more about and register for individual webinars below.

Step Up & Thrive (Transition)

Congenital heart disease is lifelong, so a successful transition from pediatric CHD care to adult CHD care is crucial. Fewer than 30% of adolescents with CHD successfully transition to adult care, even fewer for those adolescents with CHD in the minority and lower socioeconomic status populations. Our Heart Connection webinar series continues in July as our experts discuss preparing CHD patients for the transfer of care from a pediatric CHD team to an adult CHD team while ensuring they are properly educated about their medical conditions, skills in communication, decision making, self-care, and self-advocacy - with the ultimate goal of medical independence and optimizing the quality of life for those with CHD. Read more about and register for individual webinars below.

Lifelong Care

There is no cure for CHD. Congenital heart disease is a lifelong disease that requires ongoing specialized care. Our Heart Connection webinar series continues in August as our experts discuss issues patients with CHD face as they grow older, including body image, reproductive health, navigating the workplace with CHD, access to care, and the importance of staying in care. Read more about and register for individual webinars below.

Confidence in Care

Patients and families deserve to know they are receiving the best care for them/their children. Our Heart Connection webinar series continues this month as experts in the CHD community, parents, and patients discuss important topics like what is transparency and why does it matter, tools to help patients and families navigate their care effectively, and how to understand transparency data. Read more about and register for individual webinars below.

Bereavement, Grief, and Loss

Losing a loved one to congenital heart disease is life-altering. Bereaved families are not alone. In October, the Heart Connection webinar series explores topics related to supporting the transition to the bereaved community, grief and mental health, living after loss, and the impact of loss on our care teams. Read more about and register for individual webinars below.

Advocacy

Change happens with our voices raised together. Join our Heart Connection webinar series sessions this month as we explore the impact of legislative advocacy, as well as personal advocacy through the lens of patients, parents and caregivers, and healthcare providers. Read more about and register for individual webinars below.