The Million HeartsŪ Initiative

Updated:May 6,2016

What is the Million Hearts® Initiative?

Million HeartsMillion Hearts® is a national initiative that has set an ambitious goal to prevention 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts® brings together existing efforts and new programs to improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are the co-leaders of Million Hearts® within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Million Hearts® aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by:

  • Improving the quality of care for the ABCS (appropriate aspirin use, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, smoking cessation) 
  • Reduce the dietary intake of sodium
  • Improving the prescription and adherence to appropriate medications for the ABCS 
  • Improving access to effective care
  • Focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke
  • Activating the public to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle

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“The Million Hearts initiative is unprecedented in its scope and its determination to conquer cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association is proud to partner with Million Hearts as we work together to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  To achieve this goal, we are committed to working with patients and a broad range of private sector and public health partners to implement proven clinical care and community health strategies that serve as the foundation of Million Hearts.”  Nancy Brown CEO American Heart Association

Million Hearts® Infographic

Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks and Strokes: A Turning Point for Impact

What is the American Heart Association’s involvement with Million Hearts®?
Million Hearts® Collaboration to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke (MHC)

In support of the Million Hearts® initiative, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) awarded the American Heart Association a five-year cooperative agreement to enhance Partner Support for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. The award will fund the dissemination of evidence-based cardiovascular disease prevention strategies and resources,  promote the use of consistent cardiovascular health messaging, and provide opportunities for sharing of best practices and evidence-based prevention approaches by partners at the state and local level. 

AHA and the National Forum (NF), as co-chairs for the previous Collaboration for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (The Collaboration), will build upon the efforts undertaken over the past three years to evolve, reorganize, and expand The Collaboration into the new Million Hearts® Collaboration to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke (MHC). To realize this exciting vision, the collaboration will be inclusive of additional organizations who will collaborate on goals and objectives by engaging public health and clinical sectors, promote the use of effective best practices; and build strategies to support national, state, and local efforts addressing heart disease, stroke, and their risk factors.

This funding provides a significant opportunity for the AHA to work collaboratively with the CDC and other partners in the following areas:

Component 1:  Accelerate the spread and reach of evidence-based CVD prevention strategies to partners through the dissemination and promotion of key tools and resources.
• MH hypertension change package
• Dissemination of Evidenced based strategies

Component 2:  Convene partners and provide opportunities for the sharing of best practices and evidence-based CVD approaches at the state and local level
• HTN Challenge Champion
• Sharing of evidence based strategies, tools and resources to share

Component 3:  Build support for further implementation of strategies that address CVD outcomes and related disparities through the promotion of program and partner successes
• Success Stories
• Promising Practices Community Clinical Linkages
• Faith-based and multi-cultural initiatives

Component 4:  Communicate consistent cardiovascular health information and messages via partner networks and existing communication channels, with a focus on messaging about the preventability of heart attack and stroke.
• Messaging Campaigns/Messaging Committee
• Other communications on new identified practices, articles, etc.

Component 5:  Increase capacity of partner networks and local affiliates to promote the use of evidence-based and practice-based CVD prevention strategies and approaches.
• Train the trainer package for AHA affiliates
• Identify and engage in opportunities to educate on CVD

2015 Hypertension Champions

Success Stories

Million Hearts® success stories are summaries of achievements, outcomes, and/or lessons learned from projects focused on heart disease and stroke prevention.

Healthy Hearts- Aggregation of Clinical Data (PDF)
Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers

Vermont Learning Collaborative (PDF)
Vermont State Health Department

Million Hearts® Rochester High Blood Pressure Collaborative (PDF)
Center for Community Health and University of Rochester Medical Center

The Healthy Chinese Take-Out Initiative (PDF)
Philadelphia Department of Public Health

A Collaboration with the Mexican Consulate of New York City (PDF)
The American Heart Association- New York

A Statewide Approach, Missouri Million Hearts® Partnership (PDF)
ABCS, Team Based Care, Technology and Community Health Workers

Healthy Nutrition Guidelines-Sodium Reduction (PDF)
Washington State Department of Health

Check. Change. Control (PDF)
Allied Pacific of California Senior Wellness Center

Gail Harris-Berry, Ambassador and You're the Cure Advocate (PDF)
American Heart Association

ASTHO Million Hearts®: Making a Difference in Hypertension Control (PDF)
Minnesota Department of Health

10 Steps for Improving Blood Pressure (PDF)
New Hampshire Million Hearts® Learning Collaborative

A First State Coalition to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke (PDF)
Million Hearts® Delaware

Expanding Comprehensive Coverage for Tobacco Cessation (PDF)
North Carolina Division of Public Health, Tobacco Prevention and Control

Faith Based Community Health Screening (PDF)
Peoria City | County Health Department

Go Red for Women BetterU Challenge (PDF)
American Heart Association, Seattle Division

Georgia Tobacco Quitline (PDF)
Georgia Department of Public Health

WISEWOMAN -  Heart of the Family (Corazón de la Familia) (PDF)
Family Health Centers of San Diego

Hypertension Care Pathway (PDF)
Presbyterian Healthcare Services in New Mexico

Hypertension Awareness Day at the North Carolina General Assembly (PDF)
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Million Hearts® Webinars, Podcasts and Past Recordings

Please visit this page to find our Million Hearts® Webinars, Podcasts and Past Recordings

Ways you can support Million Hearts®

Sign-up for MH e-newsletters and disseminate the info from this newsletter to your local contacts. This will help to track actions and activities occurring across the county in support of MH.

I want to become a Million Hearts® partner

The Collaboration has produced some helpful tools/resources for your reference to get started.

These include: