What is the Million Hearts® Initiative?
Million 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: http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/index.html.
“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