The Million Hearts® Collaboration?
The AHA and the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention are co-chairs of the Million Hearts® Collaboration to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke (MHC). The MHC is comprised of 14 member organizations that are disseminating evidence-based cardiovascular disease prevention strategies and resources, promoting the use of consistent cardiovascular health messaging, and providing opportunities for sharing of best practices and evidence-based prevention approaches by partners at the state and local level. The MHC and CDC work collaboratively in the following areas:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Increase capacity of partner networks and local affiliates to promote the use of evidence-based and practice-based CVD prevention strategies and approaches
- Advancing Million Hearts collaborations with AHA affiliates, State Health Departments, Quality Improvement Organizations and other state and local heart disease and stroke prevention partners.
- Identify and engage in opportunities to educate on CVD
What is the American Heart Association’s involvement with Million Hearts®?
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 (AHA) a five-year cooperative agreement to enhance partner support for heart disease and stroke prevention.
Million Hearts® 2022
Million Hearts® 2022 is a national initiative co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in 5 years. The initiative focuses partner actions on a small set of priorities selected for their impact on heart disease, stroke, and related conditions.
- Million Hearts® 2022 Goals
Reaching these goals will result in 1 million fewer heart attacks and strokes in the next 5 years:
- 20% reduction in sodium intake
- 20% reduction in tobacco use
- 20% reduction in physical inactivity
- 80% performance on the ABCS Clinical Quality Measures
- 70% participation in cardiac rehab among eligible patients
The only way we—as a nation—will meet the Million Hearts® goals is through the collective and focused action of a diverse range of partners. As a Million Hearts® partner, determine where your individual or organizational mission aligns with the Million Hearts® priorities and explore the evidence-based strategies most suited to your talents, interests, and resources.
Check out the Million Hearts® 2022 framework and commit with us to carry out the priority actions needed to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes.
- Million Hearts® 2022 Priorities
Million Hearts® has set the following priorities to meet the aim of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2022:
- Keeping people healthy with public health efforts that promote healthier levels of sodium consumption, increased physical activity, and decreased tobacco use.
- Optimizing care by using teams, health information technology, and evidence-based processes to improve the ABCS (Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation), increase use of cardiac rehab, and enhance heart-healthy behaviors.
- Improving outcomes for priority populations selected based on data showing a significant cardiovascular health disparity, evidence of effective interventions, and partners ready to act. Populations include Blacks/African Americans, 35- to 64-year-olds, people who have had a heart attack or stroke, and people with mental illness or substance use disorders.
Learn more by visiting millionhearts.hhs.gov(link opens in new window)