About Us

We Improve Heart Health.

To achieve our mission and vision, the National Forum focuses on advancing health equity and the implementation of the ABCS (appropriate Aspirin use, Blood pressure management, Cholesterol control, and Smoking cessation) to prevent heart disease and stroke. Our overarching goal is to eliminate cardiovascular health disparities and achieve health equity. We define health equity as “attainment of the highest level of health for all people” and recognize that achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and health care disparities.

Our Mission and Vision


To harness the power of collaboration to prevent heart disease and stroke.


To lead and encourage collaborative action among stakeholders committed to heart disease and stroke prevention.

We Convene. We Spark Conversation. We Accelerate Collaboration.

The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention brings together the most dynamic and diverse organizations in cardiovascular health to:

  • Share successful strategies and practices, and lessons learned
  • Discuss new ideas in a collaborative environment
  • Develop, pilot and scale innovative approaches to prevent cardiovascular disease

Members value the opportunities created by the National Forum for them to engage in discussions that are uniquely inclusive, transparent and consensus-building. National Forum initiatives enable members to work together, across sectors, to develop and advance strategies to prevent heart disease and stroke in all populations.

The National Forum’s Annual Meeting convenes 100 thought leaders from over 60 public, private and nonprofit organizations including our members and partners. During this time, our Annual Business Meeting of the organization is held where the National Forum Awards are presented. Beginning in 2017, the National Forum released a series of reports focused on the state of cardiovascular disease and stroke in the nation. The Signature Reports highlight trends and opportunities for improving heart health.

Join the National Forum

If your organization shares our commitment to preventing heart disease and stroke, and eradicating cardiovascular health disparities, consider joining the more than 90 groups who already are National Forum members. They represent patients, health care professionals, public health, communities, research, advocacy, and industry. For more information about joining the National Forum, please contact John Clymer. (link to application)

Support the National Forum

We hope you will consider contributing to the National Forum. There are two ways that you can donate.

Action Plan, Policies & Bylaws

The National Forum is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Our Framework: Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke: Ten-Year Update The Ten-Year Update provides a framework for individuals, organizations, and agencies to collaboratively achieve national goals for preventing heart disease and stroke.

Our Policy on Corporate and Foundation Support and Relationships ensures transparency and integrity in the National Forum’s dealings with sponsors.

Review our Bylaws.