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5th Global Summit on Circulatory Health

Rethinking the Future of the Cardiovascular Workforce
13-15 October 2020

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In light of current circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the best interest of participants, we have made the difficult but inevitable decision to postpone the 5th Global Summit on Circulatory Health to 13-15 October 2020.

The communities which the Global Summit serves – the health workforce, people living with circulatory diseases, our members, policymakers, health advocates and partners in the private sector – are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. Their stories, lessons and successes will be honoured at the Summit in October.

For this reason, we hope that you will still be able to join us at the 5th Global Summit and add your voice to the global advocacy for a better future for the health workforce.

Because now, more than ever, we see how health professionals are at the center of every health journey and of every community. Beyond COVID-19, we need a well-funded, well-trained and well-equipped health workforce to:

  • ensure our individual and societal wellbeing;
  • provide access to essential medicines;
  • capitalize on technological health innovations; and
  • manage the silent but pervasive shift from communicable to noncommunicable diseases.



This October, WHF will continue to leverage its global convening capacity 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 disease. We remain loyal to our chosen host city – Washington, D.C. – because of its status as a global hub for world class meetings which aim to influence policies on the international level.

Summit Programme


We are working together with our speakers and partners to update the programme for October and will keep you posted. Keep an eye out for our emails with more information.

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.



Update for participants who registered for June

Unless you advise us otherwise by writing to, we will transfer your Summit registration to the new dates, namely 13-15 October 2020.

Update for those who received an invitation but have not yet registered

By the end of May, we will send you an updated registration link for October and will advise further travel, logistical and programme information.


Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (Global Summit – 13-15 October)

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Find on Google Maps

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.


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.


By supporting the 5th Global Summit in Washington, D.C. 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

To learn more about becoming a thought leader in cardiovascular health by supporting the 5th Global Summit on Circulatory Health, please contact: