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5th Global Summit on Circulatory Health

Rethinking the Future of the Cardiovascular Workforce

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The 5th Global Summit on Circulatory Health will take place on 15-17 June 2020 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., under the theme Rethinking the Future of the Cardiovascular Health Workforce.

Health professionals are at the center of every health journey. Without a trained and equipped health workforce, we cannot ensure access to essential medicines, or capitalize on technological health innovations. We also need adequate investment in the health workforce in order to address the shift of the global disease burden from communicable to noncommunicable diseases.

The World Heart Federation has a global convening capacity which allows us to bring together international leaders with diverse experiences, knowledge and aspirations. The Global Summit is an exclusive event, and as such remains small – up to 150 experts in health, science and industry – to enable a focused conversation leading to innovations and decisions for health professionals and people living with cardiovascular diseases. This year we have chosen Washington, D.C. as our host city because of its status as a global hub for world class meetings which aim to influence policies on the international level.

Summit Programme

Monday, 15 June

Registration & networking coffee

Getting your organization excited about advocacy

Moving the needle: leveraging advocacy to put circulatory health on political agendas

It’s your turn: Advocate to drive change for the health workforce


Understanding global and regional policymaking in health

Site visits to international organizations in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, 16 June


Welcome & Introduction

Opening plenary:
Workforce challenges to meet the needs of universal health coverage  

Parallel breakout sessions:
Technological innovations allowing for changing roles in the workforce and in self-care
Nurse-led programmes in chronic care 

Plenary session:
Innovation and challenges in community-based care and task-sharing in universal health coverage

Parallel breakout sessions:
Regulatory options to increase access to guideline-directed care
Community Health Workers’ contribution to disease management

Wednesday, 17 June


Highlights from the previous day

Plenary session:
Innovation in workforce finance, training, and education

Closing remarks

About the Global Summit


Since 2016, World Heart Federation has been convening leaders and innovators in cardiovascular health at its annual Global Summit on Circulatory Health. The Summit is an invitation-only, two-day event where government, civil society, industry, and academia share, learn and explore what’s next for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease at a global level. Previous editions have tackled burning issues such as access to essential medicines and digital health.

The aim of the Summit is to convene and mobilize advocates in circulatory health, coordinate stakeholders and policymakers around shared goals, campaign for circulatory health with a collective voice and a clear message, and catalyze action for circulatory health through civil society and policy engagement.

These objectives lead directly to the intended outcomes of the Summit, namely to foster greater connection between participants, issue a collective call to action in light of an urgent need, and discuss concrete next steps for programme implementation.


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Heart House (Pre-Summit Programme, 15 June)

2400 N St NW, Washington, DC 20037, United States

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Nestled in a quiet, park-like setting in Washington’s fashionable West End and ideally located close to public transportation and DC’s finest hotels, shopping and restaurants, the Conference Center at Heart House, located in the contemporary headquarters of the American College of Cardiology in Washington, DC.

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (Global Summit – 16-17 June)

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

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The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, named after former United States President Ronald Reagan, is located in downtown Washington, D.C., and was the first federal building in Washington designed for both governmental and private sector purposes.
located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Washington, DC, within walking distance of the White House, the U.S Capitol Building, the Smithsonian Museums, many of Washington, DC’s finest hotels and other prominent businesses, historical sites and cultural organizations.

The Federal Triangle Metro Station (orange/blue/silver lines) is located on-site and is connected to the building by covered passageway. The Metro Center Metro Station (red line) is located just two blocks away.



Revolugo is the official partner hotel agency for the 5th Global Summit on Circulatory Health. Your hotel reservations, personal data and privacy are protected and secure.

To benefit from the best reduced rates, we advise you to book your accommodation as soon as possible.

For any inquiry or group request, please contact our partner at or +33 (0)1-80-06-62-88.

International Travel & Visa Information

For information on what to expect if you are applying for a Visa to the United States and to review the Visa Application Guidelines on the U.S. Department of State’s website.

Additionally, the International Visitors Office (IVO) of the National Academies has excellent resources on all visa-related issues for the National Academies, Academy members and the scientific community.

Getting to Washington

There are three major airports in the Washington, DC region:

Both American Airlines and United Airlines service all three airports.

How to Get To/From Reagan Airport

Reagan Airport is accessible via its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow lines. To catch a taxi, look for the official taxi stand outside of baggage claim (a ride into downtown DC will cost about $15-20). Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft are also good options to get to and from the airport.

How to Get To/From Dulles Airport

Dulles Airport has a dedicated access road that makes getting to or from the airport efficient via car, taxi or airport shuttle. Washington Flyer taxi cabs exclusively service Dulles Airport. Taxi stands are located outside the main terminal and a ride into DC will cost about $60-$70.

While the Metro doesn’t reach Dulles Airport (construction on a Silver Line extension that will include access to Dulles Airport began in 2014), Washington Flyer offers a Silver Line Express Bus that drops off at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station about 15 minutes away. Silver Line Express Bus fare is $5 for one way and you can purchase tickets inside the airport at Arrivals Door 4.

How to Get To/From Baltimore/Washington International Airport

BWI Airport is located 32 miles from DC and is accessible via an MARC/Amtrak train route that picks up and drops off at Union Station. Taxis, Uber and Lyft are also available at the airport. Make sure to visit the BWI Airport transportation page for information about parking, car rentals and more.


Support the 5th Global Summit in Washington, D.C.

By supporting the Global Summit you will be part of an entirely action-oriented event, which will bring the latest challenges and innovations up for discussion and will deliver the much needed change in policy at the local, regional and global levels. This is the only event which unites organisations, civil society, government, science and industry in the common search for solutions as circulatory diseases remain the leading cause of death and disability globally. Outputs from previous Summits are the creation of the Global Coalition on Circulatory Health driving action to raise the priority of heart health at a global level, a position paper on “Improving Access to Essential Medicines for Circulatory Diseases” and an editorial in the Global Heart on the “Access to Essential Medicines for Circulatory Diseases: A Call to Action.”

Industry partners can engage and leverage the Summit as an opportunity to underline their commitment to promoting cardiovascular health.  Benefits for supporting partners include tickets to the invitation-only event, hosting lunchtime symposium on key heart health related themes, as well as participation in Summit-related social events and the gala dinner to network and build key relationships.

“As a first-time attendee at the WHF Global Summit, I was initially struck by the sheer diversity of participants and perspectives. As the healthcare industry is facing numerous challenges as well as opportunities, the WHF Global Summit is an ideal “crossroads” where issues around science, technology, policy and many other topics can come together to be discussed and debated. It was a great opportunity for learning and connecting with other professionals; I’m very much looking forward to next year’s summit!”Matthew Harold, Pfizer Rare Disease