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.
Become a Million Hearts Partner
The only way we—as a nation—will meet the Million Hearts goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes is through the collective and focused action of a diverse range of partners. Become a Million Hearts partner by aligning your actions with the Million Hearts priorities, spreading the word about key Million Hearts strategies, and enlisting others in the work of the initiative.
The National Forum is a proud partner of the Million Hearts initiative, as are 27 of the National Forum’s members. The National Forum encourages all of its members to become Million Hearts Partners, and we are available to assist you in the application process. Please contact Julie Harvill.
With our CDC Million Hearts Collaboration partners and National Forum members, the National Forum created tools and resources organizations can use to advance the Million Hearts goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2022. Visit any item for insight and guidance on how best to implement the ABCS (appropriate Aspirin Use, Blood pressure, Cholesterol control, and Smoking cessation) of heart disease and stroke prevention.
The ABCS Expert Directory provides a list of content experts across the U.S. who have expertise in implementing best practices and evidence based policies on the ABCS (Appropriate Use of Aspirin, Blood Pressure Control, Cholesterol Control and Smoking Cessation) the ABCS of Million Hearts®. for the following topic areas:
Care Coordination/Team Based Care
Clinical Guidelines and National Recommendations
Health IT, Data and Measurement
Policy, Protocols & Financing
These experts can provide guidance on how to implement best practices and evidence-based polices on the ABCS. If you are interested in being considered an expert or connecting with ABCS Expert, contact the National Forum at Julie Harvill.
This webinar will provided an overview of the 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults: Report from the Panel Members Appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) (Available here). It featured Dr. Lawrence Fine, Eighth Joint National Committee Panel Member, and offered considerations for health care providers and public health practitioners when selecting and supporting implementation of hypertension guidelines.
Blood pressure guidelines: using science for integrated public health and clinical care systems
This webinar continued the discussion of guidelines, focusing specifically on the 2013 ACC / AHA / CDC Science Advisory: An Effective Approach to High Blood Pressure Control (Available here). Featuring Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the American Heart Association, the webinar will also address the role of public health, payers, and other key partners in adopting a systems approach to improve hypertension control.
National Forum and ASTHO Million Hearts Learning Collaborative Project LEARNING SESSION SERIES on Policy, Program and System Strategies to Control Hypertension
The National Forum and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) host podcasts highlighting the various ways practitioners promote detection, treatment and control of hypertension. Referred to as our learning session series, these short conversations provide listeners with guidance on how to implement and/or move forward policies, practices and system strategies that improve control of high blood pressure in patients. Series topics are:
Learning Session 3 – Using Electronic Health Records Data to Build Registries for Quality Improvement
Learning Session 4 – 2014 Million Hearts Challenge Champion in Hypertension Control – Essentia Health
Learning Session 5 – 2014 Million Hearts Challenge Champion in Hypertension Control – P.S. Rudie Clinic
Learning Session 6 – Working with Pharmacists for High Blood Pressure Medication Therapy Management
Learning Session 7 – Health Equity and Increasing Medication Adherence for Hypertension Control
Learning Session 8 – Working with Faith-based Entities to Increase Hypertension Awareness and Control
Learning Session 9 – Nurse Engagement in Hypertension Control via Clinical Systems Changes
Learning Session 10 – Navigating Outreach Collaborations to Support Community/Clinical Linkages
*Each “Learning Session” runs about 20 minutes.
The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention (National Forum) collaborates with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to 1) support state chronic disease programs development through the ASTHO Million Hearts Learning Collaborative and 2) administer policy and system changes that improve the ability of public health professionals and clinical practitioners to address hypertension in their population.
Million Hearts Goals Using the Community Prevention Services Task Force Recommendations: A Focus on Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease
The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (National Forum), a multi-stakeholder group of organizations, collaborates with national groups to promote detection, treatment and control of hypertension. The National Forum teamed up with the American Heart Association (AHA) to inform groups on recommended strategies that can improve the ability of public health professional and clinical practitioners to address hypertension, high blood cholesterol and tobacco use in their community.
The National Forum organized a conversational session between a member of the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force, which releases recommendations through the Community Guide, and a public health expert that has implemented these recommendations at the state and local level.
John M. Clymer, Member, U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force
Philip Huang, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services
Using evidence-based or best practices should be used when choosing interventions that will achieve results.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force is an independent, non-compensated panel of public health and prevention experts appointed by the CDC. The Task Force conducts systematic reviews on the most pressing public health priorities and releases recommendations for policies and practices in The Community Guide. Million Hearts features the Community Guide recommendations as important strategies in addressing heart disease and stroke.
The recommendations featured today are 1)Team Based Care; 2) Reducing Patient Out-of-Pocket Costs for medications to control high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol; 3) Clinical Decision Support Systems for CVD prevention; 4) Reducing Out-of-Pocket Costs for Evidence based Tobacco Cessation Treatments – Including Use of QuitLines.
Austin Travis County Health and Human Services Department has included the use of evidence-based and best practices for as a part of their strategic plan. They have successfully worked to reduce CVD risk factors by collaborating with clinicians and clinical groups (indigent care clinics, UT School of Pharmacy) by implementing team based care, clinical decisions support systems and the Quitline.