Janis Morrissey

Director of Health Promotion, Information & Training, Irish Heart Foundation

Janis Morrissey is a member of the Irish Heart Foundation’s senior management team and has worked in different roles in the organisation for over 20 years. In her current role she is privileged to lead teams that strive to understand and meet the needs of the people we serve, developing and delivering national health promotion programmes and CPR training. Janis is also a national media spokesperson and has presented to several Oireachtas Committees.

Janis pioneered the #HerHeartMatters national awareness campaign, shining a much-needed spotlight on how one in four women in Ireland die from heart disease and stroke and that, incredibly, women are six times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than breast cancer.

She believes that we need to talk more about women’s heart health, especially as this risk increases as a woman moves into menopause, and was invited to present to the Department of Health’s Women’s Health Taskforce on this topic.

Janis originally qualified as a dietitian with an Honours B.Sc. from DIT /TCD and a M.Sc. from the University of Ulster. She is past president of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute.

Janis is a board member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Faculty of Public Health Medicine and was appointed by the Minister for Health to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s Consultative Council. She was recently appointed as an External Examiner at TU Dublin.