Million Hearts

ASTHO Supports Million Hearts

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Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Launched in September 2011, the initiative brings together public and private partners to enhance cardiovascular disease prevention activities and improve care by encouraging a target focus on the "ABCS":

  • Aspirin for people at risk
  • Blood pressure control
  • Cholesterol management
  • Smoking cessation

Public health agencies are a key partner in preventing heart attacks and strokes. They play a role in the identification of best and promising public health interventions for prevention and early identification of heart disease, and have unique opportunities to link with clinical care. As a Million Hearts Partner, ASTHO is supporting state health agencies and other partners in their state to address components of Million Hearts, particularly around blood pressure control.

State Initiatives to Improve Hypertension Identification, Treatment, and Control

State Initiatives to Improve Hypertension Identification, Treatment, and Control

This clickable map contains descriptions of ASTHO's Million Hearts State Learning Collaborative activities for all 15 participating states, Palau, and the District of Columbia. View map »


State Learning Collaborative Tools for Change

State Learning Collaborative Tools for Change To help achieve the goal of Million Hearts, ASTHO’s State Learning Collaborative is focused on integrating public health and healthcare efforts to improve hypertension control. ASTHO has compiled tools and resources from states, national organizations, and federal agencies to drive the work of states and territories toward achieving the goal of Million Hearts. View all resources »

CDC's Million Hearts for Clinicians Microsite

This collection of syndicated Million Hearts messages and quality improvement tools includes evidence-based protocols for tobacco cessation and hypertension treatment, action guides, undiagnosed hypertension resources, and other QI tools to help clinicians and other health professionals reduce their patients’ risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Go to microsite »

State Learning Collaborative to Improve Blood Pressure Control

ASTHO, with CDC's support, is working with state health agencies from 15 states, Palau, and the District of Columbia to achieve Million Hearts' goal through a learning collaborative focused on integrating public health and healthcare efforts to improve hypertension. The state teams are utilizing a quality improvement process to partner across sectors to implement best practices and evidence-based policies to identify, control, and improve blood pressure. Read more »

Systems Change in Action

This short video illustrates systems change in action. Systems change includes collaborating across sectors to improve systems at the federal, state and local levels to influence a variety of key levers. View full size »

Million Hearts State Engagement Guide

ASTHO, in collaboration with the American Heart Association, the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, the National Association of City County Health Officials and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, has developed a State Engagement Guide to assist state leadership with opportunities and actions to engage in Million Hearts. This resource features case studies, tips for holding a stakeholder's workshop, key recommendations for states, and technical assistance contacts.

Key Recommendations: How State Health Agencies Can Support Million Hearts

On May 15, 2013, ASTHO convened a Million Hearts Advisory Roundtable to find innovative strategies for public health and primary care integration to support the Million Hearts initiative. Key recommendations from this action-oriented meeting outline possible roles for how state health agencies can support the goals of Million Hearts. The recommendations were developed with input from state health officials, ASTHO affiliates, and other national experts, as well as from case studies of initiatives in New York and Ohio that support Million Hearts. View the Advisory Roundtable attendee list, and meeting agenda.

See how ASTHO members are taking an active role in supporting Million Hearts

ASTHO is collecting case studies on how states are integrating public health and healthcare to meet the goal of Million Hearts.

Million Hearts was launched in 2011 by the Department of Health and Human Services and co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the title Million Hearts is a registered trademark.