Angela Stewart, ACNP-BC, CRNP is a nurse practitioner specializing in cardiovascular medicine at the Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has been a member of PCNA since 2008. In addition to her important work in the hospital, Stewart has incredibly strong community ties in the Philadelphia area that have allowed her to develop important community education and screening programs for cardiovascular disease.
“I’ve been working on many community initiatives within the city of Philadelphia,” says Stewart. “One in particular was a large men’s health event at my church, where we screened 925 men for risk factors for heart disease. We tested for hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, as well as gave sessions on HIV/AIDS and prostate cancer.”
Stewart also recently received a grant to provide diabetes education and management in the Philadelphia area. As part of this initiative, she partnered with a local supermarket to provide tours for community members with diabetes, teaching them how to shop for healthy foods.
“I believe no one has to die from a heart attack and patients should know their numbers. I also believe that if you take information to the community, in a setting where people are most comfortable, they will start going out and getting more preventive services,” says Stewart.