NMC Alliance

The NMC Alliance is fielding a brief survey to understand the experiences and challenges faced by patients in managing their heart health.

The perspectives of minority patients and the physicians who treat them are particularly important to the Alliance.  The information obtained will help us to understand what issues and problems patients share in common and identify actionable solutions to address these.

To take the patient survey and be entered into a lottery to win 1 of 5 Amazon gift cards ($50):
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Please plan to share this survey within your network so that we have robust and diverse participation.

A central space to fill a critical gap for minority cardiovascular health.

The Make Well Known Foundation established the National Minority Cardiovascular (NMC) Alliance, a collaborative initiative that will help fill a critical gap in understanding minority cardiovascular health.

The NMC Alliance provides a central space for diverse groups to pursue meaningful dialogue and solutions related to cardiovascular disease disparities facing people in minority populations.

The NMC Alliance’s nationally renowned thought-leaders have been assembled to develop an action agenda in support of those living with cardiovascular disease who are of Hispanic/Latino, African American, Native American and Asian/Pacific Islander descent. Together, the goal is to strengthen the Alliance’s constituents through shared purpose, increased capacity, and expanded resources.

The NMC Alliance is pleased to launch three new video vignettes that highlight current members’ work and further illustrate the mission and purpose of the group.

There is much more critical work needed to address the disparities in cardiovascular health. Click below to watch vignettes and hear directly from NMC Alliance thought leaders why addressing cardiovascular disease disparities is an urgent issue and how you can help. For more information, contact

The Guide

The Resource Guide for Organization Collaboration (The Guide) is a part of the NMC Alliance Action Plan and is designed to promote collaboration through sharing information on members and member activities, including programming, advocacy, communications and areas of expertise. We encourage diverse stakeholders to use The Guide as a tool to better understand and collaborate with our members on key priorities — strengthening access to care and novel treatments, improving clinical trial participation, increasing workforce development, and enhancing data quality.


The NMC Alliance publishes a semi-quarterly newsletter to highlight the Steering Committee participants, summarize shared perspectives and goals, share industry and clinical news relating to the Alliance’s priorities, and provide an overview and ongoing updates on the work of the Alliance. Recent editions are below:

September 2017

January 2018


Understanding the need…

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death for all U.S. populations.
As America grows more diverse, ethnic and racial minorities are plagued by higher prevalence and CVD mortaility rates.
An opportunity exists to address documented health, socioeconomic, cultural, access to care, and health literacy issues.
Currently, there is no central space for diverse groups to come together for focused, open and constructive dialogue on shared best practices and how to solve the CVD problem.

Hispanic/Latino, African American, Native American and Asian/ Pacific
Islander communities may face unique cardiovascular challenges.

Fatima Rodriguez, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Cardiovascular Medicine
Stanford University
Gladys P. Velarde, MD, FACC
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Medical Director
Cardiovascular Women’s Heart Program
Program Director
Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
College of Medicine, University of Florida
David S. Kountz, MD, MBA, FACP
Co-Chief Academic Officer
Hackensack Meridian Health
Vice President, Academic Affairs and DIO
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University
Professor of Medicine
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Nimaako Brown, MPH
Senior Director, Community Health and Wellness
National Urban League
Mary Ann Cooney, MPH, MSN
Center for Population Health Strategies
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
Jason Deen, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Association of American Indian Physicians
Kendra Dorsey
National Health Campaigns
American Medical Group Association (AMGA)
Melissa Lewis, MPH
Health Equity
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
Norm Linsky
Executive Director
Mended Hearts
David Montgomery, MD, PhD, FACC
Cardiologist and Internist
Piedmont Heart Institute and National Health Contributor
Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine
Primary Care and Population Health
The Stanford University Medical Center
Center for Asian Health and Research and Education

Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Wayne State University
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Central Michigan University
CVD Research and Academic Affairs
Regional and National Director of Heart Failure
Detroit Medical Center
Elena Rios, MD, MSPH
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Hispanic Medical Association
Carlos Jose Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Director of Cardiovascular Research, and Director of Cardiovascular Epidemiology
Barbara Tombros
Board Member
WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with
Heart Disease
CAPT Richardae Araojo, PharmD, MS
Associate Commissioner for Minority Health
Director, Office of Minority Health
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, MD
Medical Officer
Heart Failure and Arrhythmias Division of Cardiovascular
Sciences National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Nicole Redmond, MD, PhD, MPH
Medical Officer
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences (DCVS),
Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch (CAPB)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Jessica Seyfried, MPH, MSW
Kristi Fultz-Butts, MPH

Make Well Known Foundation is grateful for unrestricted support from sponsors to make this initiative possible


For more information on the NMC Alliance

For more information or to learn how to join the effort, please contact:
Jessica Seyfried at
Phone (609) 423-2849