Mission: Miami heart research institute is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to stop heart disease through research, education and prevention. Miami heart research institute's novel approach to collaborative research on the national level serves as a critical impetus to the introduction and development of innovative research efforts. This unique approach has proven highly effective in directing critical resources to open new and vital areas of scientific exploration.
Programs: Cardiovascular research: the miami heart research institute is well positioned for a long and productive future in cardiovascular research, education and prevention by combining our unique resources with those of other established centers. Whether in partnership with another research center of excellence nationally or another community service organization locally, we believe that we are stronger as a team than we each are individually. Working collaboratively with other organizations allows each entity to participate fully where their individual strengths lie. Our independence allows us to pursue research, education and prevention programs based solely upon scientific merit and pursuit of our mission. Miami heart research institute's programs and alliances are not influenced by political agendas or projected profits. Unlike affiliated research facilities, this freedom permits us to focus on projects and research partners that demonstrate the most promise for advancement in the field. Partnerships are selected based upon their world-class expertise, credentials and their ability to contribute to the project. These cooperative relationships allow mhri to "fast track" the project bypassing the usual bureaucracy endured by larger institutions. Research projects are selected based upon their scientific validity and their contribution to the advancement of our understanding of the prevention, diagnosis, treatment of heart disease and the disease process. Projects are reviewed by our scientific advisory panel, which is comprised of the physician members of mhri's board. Projects where there has not yet been sufficient interest, knowledge or support are preferred which gives mhri a cutting edge niche as an innovator and leader.
education and prevention: education and prevention projects are pursued that improve public health, reduce health disparities and / or increase access to care in measurable and meaningful ways. At the miami heart research institute, we believe that through basic and clinical research combined with education about the causes, risk factors and lifestyle options, heart disease can be stopped. Research discoveries benefit all humanity and education promotes informed choices thereby improving outcomes and quality of life. Research is imperative for our future health while education and prevention are key to health today.
My participation occured as a volunteer and as a representative for the schools culinary arts programs. The Heart Research Institute provided a great opportunity for students to participate in their Heart of a Chef event. Top culinary students from two high schools in our student organization, Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) were able to compete in an "Iron Chef" competition, preparing a heart healthy meal that was judged and a winner received a prize. We also provided an opportunity for middle school students to display fruit and vegetable carvings, of which a winner received a prize. This brought many families to the event to learn about heart healthy food preparation and heart healthy eating habits.
I began my involvement with Miami Heart Research Institute in 2008 when I met Sallie Byrd who asked me to host a kick off for a new event they had created called 'Limo to Lunch'. Sallie and her team have kept me involved and in the loop of the organization since then. I was impressed by the outreach for awareness of heart health that the organization provides. They also made a point of inviting my employees at the time in to be evaluated.
I was a Teaching Assistant for eight University of Miami students working on a marketing plan for the "Heart of a Chef" event for the Heart Research Institute. Sallie Byrd and Staci Ehrenkrantz of the organization were extraordinarily helpful to the students' professional growth and have an evident passion for their work. Both communicated regularly and effectively with our team and provided us with all the information needed on their organization. I also had the pleasure of being invited with the students to the "Heart of a Chef" event and had a wonderful time experiencing an exciting and educational event organized by the institute.
I have co-chaired two years in a row the Heart of a Chef event to raise awareness on heart healthy eating. We have held the event at the Museum of Science so as to make it a family event and thus educate children as well. Tremendous community support and turnout is a hallmark of the event.