Living your best life with Chronic Disease

Hope + Engagement + Action + Resources = Thriving

About the HEART Initiative

Welcome to the H.E.A.R.T. Initiative, a social impact organization dedicated to substantially improving quality of life for all people living with chronic, progressive, and or inherited diseases.

Through online support, education, and evidence based strategies, the HEART Initiative focuses on developing Hope, Engagement, Action and Resources designed to inspire Thriving while living with ongoing health challenges.

What to expect from the HEART Initiative:


Training in Resilience Building 

 The HEART Initiative offers a 10-week training in resilience building, designed to create both immunity against the unique challenges that living with chronic disease in the larger scope of life can create, and provides strategies and interventions proven to increase well-being.


Active Participation in Studies

As we get closer to the start date, you will be invited to take part in our study. Should you choose to participate, you will be directed to our survey page where the information you provide will help advance our efforts to inform the healthcare community on best practices for creativing positive quality of life outomes. 


Access to Community Support and Resources

All who register with the HEART Initiative will have access to our extensive resources free of charge. Bonus materials, discounts on trainings, and early registration for special events will be made available to sustaining and supporting members. Our goal is to make the services of the HEART Initiative accessible to all individuals living with chronic disease. Your donation will help make that dream a reality.

Sustainable well-being is not the absence of disease, but the presence of positive human capacity and the ability to thrive in the face of health challenges. This is the right of all human beings. This is the mission of the HEART Initiative.  

- Jennifer Cory, Chief Hope Facilitator

Board of Advisors

Samuel Sears

Samuel Sears, PhD Leading authority in the world on the psychological care and quality of life outcomes of patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Sam is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Cardiovascular Sciences at East Carolina University, and serves as the Director of Doctoral Studies in the Department of Psychology. In 2013 he was awarded the highest honor bestowed by the Governors of the University of North Carolina, the O. Max Gardner Award, given to the faculty member who has made the greatest impact to the welfare of the human race in the past year. 

Susan Hwang

Susan Hwang, MAPP Susan Hwang is an experienced leadership advisor and executive coach. She's worked closely with senior executives across technology, health care and financial services for more than 15 years. Her engagements with leaders at both large firms and startups benefit from her practical business acumen and background in behavioral psychology. Susan leverages years of experience as an executive helping grow SNL Financial, a young SAAS data platform, into a thriving multi-national. Susan is currently an investor and adviser to a number of startups and a Director at the Alliance of CEOs. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar, and a Master's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on positive organizational leadership and behavioral science.

Scott Barry Kauffman

Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD Author, researcher, speaker, and public science communicator. Scott is a humanistic psychologist at Barnard College, Columbia University where he explores the depths of human potential and teaches The Science of Living Well (Beginning Sp. 2019). Scott writes the weekly column Beautiful Minds for Scientific American, and hosts The Psychology Podcast,. Scott is the author and/or editor of 8 books, including Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, and Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and Harvard Business Review. In 2015, Scott was named one of “50 Groundbreaking Scientists who are changing the way we see the world” by Business Insider.

Jan Stanley

Jan Stanley, MAPP Business strategist who has developed leaders with Fortune 100 companies, Silicon Valley, universities, the US Army, NASA and Harvard Business School. Jan helps leaders and organizations identify and live their values while placing purpose and ethics at the center of their leadership actions. The result— leaders who inspire those around them to excellence in all they do. Jan spent seven years as a facilitator with the Penn Resilience Program developed by the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked with the United States Armed Forces training leaders in resilience skills to foster optimal individual and organizational performance.

Daniel Tomasulo

Daniel Tomasulo, PhD Author and international speaker on mental health, group dynamics, intellectual disabilities, and positive psychology. Dan is a faculty member with the Spirit Mind Body Institute (SMBI) at Teachers College, Columbia University, and assistant instructor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology program. He is a regular contributor and resident expert for Psychology Today and, and in 2016 was honored as one of the top ten online influencers on the topic of depression.

Past Events

In this session, we will be exploring the interconnection between the heart, the mind and the nervous system, including how they both overlap and impact one another, and the use of the breath as a pathway for creating harmony between these three vital networks.

During this live webinar, Jennifer Cory, founder and Chief Hope Facilitator of the HEART Initiative, introduced our upcoming course : Inherited Cardiac Disease - Beyond Coping. Jennifer talks about the science of human flourishing and it's implications for improving quality of life while living with chronic disease.

05 May '18

Johns Hopkins ARVD/C Seminar 2018 

A unique opportunity to meet families affected by ARVD/C and to learn the latest advances in the field.

14 Apr '18

SADS NYU Family Seminar

Inherited Arrhythmias: Recent Advancements in Therapies and Diagnosis

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