The Million HeartsŪ Initiative

Updated:Oct 26,2015

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

To learn more about the Million Hearts® initiative please go to:

“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®?
In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded funding to the American Heart Association (AHA) to coordinate the activities of a collaboration of four national organizations; support the implementation of national, state, local level strategies and selected recommendations from A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke - 2008 Update that align with Million Hearts®. 

The Collaboration to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke (The Collaboration) includes: 

  • American Heart Association (AHA) (Co-chair)
  • National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (NF) (Co-chair)
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
  • National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)
  • National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)

The Collaboration’s purpose is to convene, communicate, and coordinate activities to achieve Healthy People 2020 goals for heart disease, stroke, and related risk factors and to create new partner opportunities and activities at national, state and local levels to conduct the following: 

  • Population health policies and strategies 
  • Improve clinical preventive practice and/or community prevention
  • Disseminate best practices
  • Facilitate the adoption of evidence-based programs, policies, tools and resources
  • Support federal programs in heart disease and stroke prevention

Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare Professionals

 2015 Hypertension Control Challenge. Enter the Hypertenson Control Challenge on the Million Hearts website:

Call for Nominations: 2015 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge!
This year, we want to recognize more Champions through the 2015 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge. Clinicians, practices, and health systems that provide continuing care and have achieved hypertension control rates greater than 70 percent are eligible to enter. Submit your nomination.
The Challenge is open August 18 through 11:59 PM on October 31, 2015.
Click HERE for information on rules and eligibility requirements.


Support World Stroke Day
Register HERE
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Success Stories

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

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: