Alpha Phi Foundation



Geisinger Health System Awarded $100,000

Hear the Latest Button.jpgIn February 2015, Alpha Phi Foundation announced Geisinger Health System as the recipient of the 2015 Heart to Heart Grant. Awarded annually, the Heart to Heart Grant funds research and educational programs that support the improvement of women's heart health.

Geisinger Health System's Heart and Vascular Institute is using this $100,000 grant to fund a personalized medicine and education program focused on keeping women's hearts healthy. The comprehensive Women's Heart Health Project will bridge the gap between genetic determinants and preventable lifestyle factors linked to heart disease.

Components of the project include developing an education program for women that focuses on risk factors and prevention strategies as well as the ability to link clinical and evidence-based initiatives to community programs that promote and sustain healthy lifestyle practices.


Geisinger Cardiologist and Alpha Phi alumna from the Zeta Sigma chapter at Franklin and Marshall College Kimberly Skelding, MD, leads the project. "I believe this is a wonderful addition to the women's heart and vascular disease program," Dr. Skelding said. "It allows us to take the next steps to increase the knowledge about women's heart disease for both our medical and lay community. It also allows us to add to the data being collected to help improve outcomes for women over time which is our goal."
Through thoughtful outreach to patients, personalized medical care, and leading-edge research, the Women's Heart Health Project could redefine cardiovascular health for women.