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Million Hearts

As a member of the CDC Million Hearts Collaborative, NACCHO invites local health departments (LHDs) to be a part of Million Hearts - a national initiative with the ambitious goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. NACCHO will provide LHDs with the information and resources to educate the public on the importance of preventing heart attack and stroke in the United States.

Local Health Departments: Be a Part of the Million Hearts Initiative

million heartsAre you a local health department that's doing work in one or all of the following areas:

  • Hypertension Control
  • Salt Reduction
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Other activities designed to increase awareness of heart attack and stroke

If so, then sign up here with NACCHO to be a part of the Million Hearts Initiative. 

Preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 will require the work and commitment to change from local health departments, primary health care providers and the business community. Click here to find out more about Million Hearts and more ways you can get involved.


Please Don’t Pass the Salt: World Heart Day 2014 Infographic
Please Don’t Pass the Salt: World Heart Day 2014
In the Spotlight
In the News

Choucair is helping to lead the City of Chicago’s efforts to battle heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Chicagoans

The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention praised the City of Chicago for its bold plan to fight heart disease among its residents –and save thousands of lives. Earlier this year, the National Forum outlined seven action priorities for local agencies to take to combat heart disease and stroke. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and its partners took these priorities and developed an action plan for the City of Chicago, making Chicago the first city in the nation to develop a local version of this plan. 

Chicago announced the plan –called Healthy Chicago, Healthy Heart -- on Sept. 29, World Heart Day. "Across the country, and here at home, there are renewed efforts to combat cardiovascular disease," said CDPH Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D. "Our Healthy Hearts, Healthy Chicago action plan will help us take our work to the next level, ensuring we are doing everything we can to create healthy heart cultures in every neighborhood."

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control Resources

Local health departments, take a look at these new resources on to help prevent and control cardiovascular disease in your communities:

New Resource: Million Hearts Local Engagement Guide

MHGuideThe Million Hearts® Local Engagement Guide was developed for local health departments that work with a wide range of community partners to create conditions and policies that help people make healthy choices, such as avoiding tobacco use, becoming more physically active, and eating healthier foods. All these proactive measures contribute to the prevention of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. This guide will assist local health departments when engaging government partners, health care providers, the public, and other stakeholder groups at the regional, state and local level to advance Million Hearts.





MH ReportMillion Hearts® Report: Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks and Strokes: A Turning Point for Impact

Million Hearts® rallies communities, health care professionals, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector organizations around a common goal: preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.Million Hearts®calls attention to a small set of changes we can make in our communities and health care systems that support long-term reductions in heart attacks and strokes. This brief report summarizes Million Hearts®progress to date and invites current and new partners to join our efforts.







NACCHO Webinar - Million Hearts Lessons from the Field: Improving Quality and Accuracy in Blood Pressure Monitoring

October 28, 2014 2:00-3:15 EST

Million Hearts is a national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. This webinar will provide an overview of evidenced-based hypertension protocols developed by and used in four local health departments in the United States as one of the key strategies for impacting cardiovascular disease prevention. APHN provides consultation on the role and contribution of the PHN, evidenced base resources as well as case studies of public health nurses impacting cardiovascular disease.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify factors involved in proper blood pressure measurement in screening for hypertension.
  • State the roles of community/public health nurses in blood pressure measurement.
  • List evidenced-based protocols develop and being used in practice.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of local efforts to implement the Million Hearts initiative in cardiovascular disease prevention.

NACCHO Recorded Webinars

Million Hearts Webinar Series 

NACCHO has produced a webinar series that helps local health departments improve their awareness and understanding of practice-based local health department programs that address cardiovascular health and local efforts to implement the Million Hearts®initiative in cardiovascular disease prevention. Webinar topics have included the ABCs, local strategies for improved blood pressure control, and chronic disease self-management programs