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Women’s Health Connector Series

Part 2: Heart Health

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Lotus Network and Rose Women’s Hospital are partnering once again to promote our missions of women’s holistic health and connection. On February 8th, 2023, our community learned from a panel of heart health experts and heart disease survivors about the most groundbreaking strategies for diagnosis, treatment, and care. Watch the recording of this afternoon of education, empowerment, and connection in an incredible hospital dedicated to women’s care. 

Meet Our Panel of Heart Health Experts

Jennifer Harlan

Jennifer Harlan, RN has been a registered nurse for over 10 years and is the clinical leader for the Cardiac Unit at Rose Medical Center.

Jennifer Harlan is a registered nurse with a focus in cardiac health. Five years ago, she had her first heart attack. Since then, she has made several local and national TV appearances speaking out about the importance of understanding the signs and symptoms of heart attacks in women. 

Jennifer Harlan has been a registered nurse for over 10 years. She is an advocate for women’s health and has passion for educating women about Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD). 

Jennifer is the clinical leader for the Cardiac Unit at Rose Medical Center. She represents Rose in their partnership with American Heart Association and advocates for participation in events like the Heart Walk and Cycle Nation.

Dr. Sameer Mehta

Sameer Mehta, MD is the president of Denver Heart and the cardiac cath lab director at both Rose Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center.

Dr. Sameer (“Sam”) Mehta earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois and attended medical school at Southern Illinois School of Medicine, from which he graduated with institutional honors.  Dr. Mehta has been very active in cardiovascular research. He has published more than 30 manuscripts,
abstracts, and presentations, and is currently active in several research studies.

Dr. Mehta contributes nationally in helping patients better understand cardiovascular disease and wellness, and has been featured in various publications including Forbes, US News and World Report, Reader’s Digest, MSN, and Women’s Health.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Mehta is an avid tennis player. He is very enthusiastic about all the
outdoor amenities that Colorado offers, particularly skiing, golfing, and hiking.

Maureen McDonald

Maureen McDonald is an associate Regional Vice President of Community Engagement for the Continental Division for HCA Healthcare.

A native of Denver, Maureen McDonald is passionate about connecting individuals and organizations from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to improve our communities. As Associate Regional Vice President of Community Engagement for the Continental Division for HCA Healthcare, McDonald’s focus is on assessing and responding to community health needs in the markets for 11 hospitals in Denver (HealthONE) and Wichita, (Wesley Healthcare) while fulfilling HCA’s mission to improve human life and finding ways to creatively engage the over 11,000 HCA colleagues in the division.

Serving on several national and local boards and committees, McDonald is passionate about women in leadership roles and is grateful to be engaged in several local and national women’s groups. As 2020 President of The International Women’s Forum of Colorado, McDonald led the pivot to virtual programming and an exploration of statewide recruitment. Current board service includes Girl Scouts of Colorado and the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation.

Dr. Takiyah R. Wilson

Takiyah R. Wilson, PhD, MBA is a driven healthcare champion dedicated to advancing health equity through
leadership, research, and innovative public health solutions.

Dr. Wilson joined the American Heart Association in 2015 and is presently the Vice President of Health Strategies for the American Heart Association Denver Division. She leads the implementation, and evaluation of community impact and cardiovascular disease prevention strategies across Colorado, while simultaneously focusing on eliminating health disparities through an equity-first lens. 

Investing in public health and community driven organizations is a huge passion of Dr. Wilson’s. Currently, Takiyah is the Chair-Elect for the American Public Health Association Health Administration Section, Governing Councilor for the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger, and member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Takiyah is also member of the Colorado Women’s Foundation SPIN Giving Circle, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Wilson holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Studies, a Master of
Business Administration from Texas Women’s University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health and Preventative Medicine from the
University of Central Oklahoma.