Marva Ortiz-Wade is a lead HeartSmarts ambassador who focuses on Harlem and Brooklyn. She also leads the HeartSmarts Spanish speaking classes. Since completing the HeartSmarts training, Marva has completed numerous HeartSmarts classes both as an individual ambassador and in partnership with ambassador Beverly Bruin.
Marva has been a registered professional nurse since
1975. She graduated from SUNY Downstate Health Science
Center with a Master’s degree as a Nurse Practitioner in
Family Health in 2001. Prior to her retirement in 2012 she
worked for the NYC Health & Hospital’s corporation as a
Nurse Practitioner in Pediatrics, Women’s Health and as a
Certified Diabetes Educator for the Teleheath house calls
Marva is a member of Bethel Gospel Assembly since 2008 and participates in the Kingdom Minded Health
professional ministry attending medical missions to Albania
and Dominican Republic. Included in her activities she
volunteers with the food pantry at the church and is currently
is employed part time training entry level nursing students
for certification as Home health aides and personal care
To schedule a HeartSmarts class or seminar with Marva Ortiz-Wade, please complete the information at the link below.
HeartSmarts ambassador Marva Ortiz-Wade is at the forefront of the Spanish language HeartSmarts classes. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number 2 cause of death for Hispanics/Latinos behind cancer. On average, Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanics. Compared to white people and individuals from some other racial and ethnic groups, Hispanics living in the U.S. also experience a disproportionate burden of cardiovascular disease risk factors including obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, previous research has found.