About Million Hearts

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
What You Can Do
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)