February is American Heart Month – a time dedicated to raising awareness about heart health and the prevention of heart disease all individuals, especially women. The number of women impacted by a heart condition is staggering and the disparity widens when combined with race and ethnicity. 

Did you know that every 33 seconds someone in the US dies from Cardiovascular Disease?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) began the Million Hearts campaign to prevent one million people from experiencing a cardiovascular event within a 5 year timeframe. Let’s join them – together – and take the necessary steps to lower our risk of cardiovascular disease. This is an opportunity for us to reflect on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and understanding the risks associated with heart disease. As the CDC reminds us, “Listen to your heart. Raise your voice. Protect your health.” For additional information and resources, click here. 

Also, on February 29th we join together with our community to recognize Rare Disease Day. Rare Disease Day is the chance to shine a spotlight on the millions of individuals living with rare diseases worldwide. It's a day for advocacy, education, and solidarity, as we come together to support those facing the challenges of rare conditions and work towards improving their quality of life.

Join us on March 14, 2024 for our upcoming free webinar: "Understanding Social Security Benefits: A Guide to SSI and SSDI Programs." Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and resources to navigate the complexities of Social Security benefits.

As we navigate through the remainder of the month, let's continue to prioritize our health, raise awareness for important causes, and come together as a community to make a difference. Thank you for joining us on this journey of education, support, and empowerment.

With Gratitude,



Understanding Social Security Benefits: A Guide to SSI and SSDI Programs

Social Security benefits provide economic security to millions of Americans, including workers and their dependents when a debilitating illness or injury strikes.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs provide critical financial assistance and access to healthcare through Medicaid and Medicare program, as well as other federal assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • the differences between the SSI and SSDI programs
  • how you can help others apply for these benefits
  • more about related programs such as The Extra Help

March 14, 2024

2:00pm EST

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Jackie Weisgarber

Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration

Jackie Weisgarber is a Public Affairs Specialist based in Richmond, Virginia where she covers Social Security outreach and education throughout Central and Southwest Virginia. In this role, Jackie implements Social Security’s communication plan through local, regional, and national outreach while working closely with the Philadelphia Regional Communications Office and the Area’s Directors office.

Amy Jackson, BSW, CCM

Case Management Specialist, Accessia Health 

As a Case Management Specialist at Accessia Health, Amy helps individuals navigate the complexities of health insurance benefits and available resources. She conducts thorough benefit investigations, educates patients on their coverage options, develops informative materials, and leads engaging educational webinars. She is deeply committed to breaking down barriers to care by providing comprehensive healthcare education to patients, partners, and caregivers, ensuring that individuals living with rare or chronic conditions receive the highest quality of support and assistance.


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February 29

Raising awareness and generating change for the 300 million people worldwide living with a rare disease, their families and carers.

Rare Disease Day is the globally-coordinated movement on rare diseases, working towards equity in social opportunity, healthcare, and access to diagnosis and therapies for people living with a rare disease.

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No matter where you’re from or where you are, you can take steps toward heart health. Get shareable, evidence-based resources from the CDC to help you manage cardiovascular disease.

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