The Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke

The Public Health Action Plan guides our work. Read how its seven action priorities drive our initiatives or download the full plan.

The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention is excited to announce its Stronger Hearts™ Best Practices Awardees. 

Counter Cholesterol

The effect of high cholesterol touches much more than the health of one heart alone - it affects the lives of your family, friends and community. To combat the effects of high cholesterol, the National Forum created Counter Cholesterol to raise awareness about the risk high cholesterol poses to women and their families. 

The Stronger Hearts Helpline is a free, bilingual heart failure support service in San Bernardino County, CA that is available to patients and their caregivers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. San Bernardino County has the second highest rate of heart failure in the state, with nearly 1 in 5 seniors suffering from this disease. This Helpline was created to help these patients and others better manage heart failure by easing access to services that support their doctor’s treatment plans.

Mayor Benjamin

World Heart Day is the world’s largest intervention against cardiovascular disease. However, it is only one day, and it takes more than a day to change behavior. That’s why the National Forum leveraged World Heart Day to create the Move with the Mayor Challenge, a mayor-led campaign that encourages Americans to take control of their cardiovascular health through walking. 

Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) is the number one cause of death in the U.S. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) came together to create and lead the Million Hearts® initiative. This initiative, which was launched in 2012, aims to prevent by one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Find out how the National Forum is supporting this CDC- and CMS-lead effort.

woman taking medication

To better understand the role of value and issues around patient access, the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention is launching a new initiative to convene our members and others invested in cardiovascular health.  Our goal is to develop a consensus statement specific to the value of appropriate medical therapies and ways to improve patient access to them.