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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.

In the Spotlight

Dialing in for Stronger Hearts

The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention launched the Stronger Hearts™ Helpline, a new 24/7 call-center resource for people living with heart failure and their loved ones. The Helpline's pilot program will run out of San Bernardino County in California, which has the second highest rate of heart failure in the state, where 20 percent of the County's Medicare beneficiaries live with the disease. Stronger Hearts builds on San Bernardino County's existing 2-1-1 helpline program, which provides a variety of health and community resources to local residents.

"Where people live, work, learn and play has great bearing on their health and on the type of daily health care they receive," said National Forum Executive Director John Clymer. "Through Stronger Hearts, we hope to further prove the power of a combined, centralized health service like this 2-1-1 helpline. The National Forum appreciates the efforts of our many national members, as well as the San Bernardino community groups that helped make the Stronger Hearts Helpline possible."

For more information on the Stronger Hearts Helpline, visit

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Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge Champions

MH championsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Million Hearts® announced the 2014 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge Champions. Thirty Champions from public and private health care practices and systems across the country are recognized for their success in helping patients control high blood pressure. 

These Champion health care professionals and their teams achieved blood pressure control for at least 70% of their patients with hypertension through innovations in health information technology and electronic health records, patient communication, and health care team approaches. There is strong evidence that when providers focus on hypertension control, rapid and substantial improvements can be made, and heart attacks and strokes are prevented. 

A full list of Champions and content you can use to promote the challenge and share with your stakeholders can be found on the Million Hearts®website. All materials have been cleared for public use and dissemination. 


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.



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

This webinar provided 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 based 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.

Click here to view the recording

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 


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.