What is the Million Hearts® Initiative?

Million Hearts® is a national initiative that has set an ambitious goal to prevention 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts® brings together existing efforts and new programs to improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are the co-leaders of Million Hearts® within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Million Hearts® aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by:

  • Improving the quality of care for the ABCS (appropriate aspirin use, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, smoking cessation)
  • Improving the prescription and adherence to appropriate medications for the ABCS
  • Improving access to effective care
  • Focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke
  • Activating the public to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle
To learn more about the Million Hearts® initiative please go to: http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/index.html.
What is the American Heart Association’s involvement with Million Hearts®?
In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded funding to the American Heart Association (AHA) to coordinate the activities of a collaboration of four national organizations; support the implementation of national, state, local level strategies and selected recommendations from A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke - 2008 Update that align with Million Hearts®. 
The Collaboration to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke (The Collaboration) includes:

  • American Heart Association (AHA) (Co-chair)
  • National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (NF) (Co-chair)
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
  • National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)
  • National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)
The Collaboration’s purpose is to convene, communicate, and coordinate activities to achieve Healthy People 2020 goals for heart disease, stroke, and related risk factors and to create new partner opportunities and activities at national, state and local levels to conduct the following:

  • Population health policies and strategies
  • Improve clinical preventive practice and/or community prevention
  • Disseminate best practices
  • Facilitate the adoption of evidence-based programs, policies, tools and resources
  • Support federal programs in heart disease and stroke prevention

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Who Can Become a Million Hearts® Partner?

Million Hearts® needs the commitment and participation of a variety of sectors and organizations; in both clinical and community prevention; and action on all levels: national, state, cities/counties and local grass roots efforts.  Here is a sample of those who can be involved:

  • Public Health Departments/ Departments of Public Health
  • Physicians and Healthcare Providers
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Pharmacies and Pharmacists
  • Insurers
  • Retailers and Restaurants
  • Governmental Organizations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Private Organizations
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Foundations
  • Local Grass Roots Organizations/Groups
  • Congregations/ Faith-based Groups

I want to become a partner. How do I get started?

The Collaboration has produced some helpful guides for getting started. These include:

Share Your Success Story

Do you have an initiative that is making a difference in heart disease and stroke outcomes? Please share your program accomplishments!

Download our Success Story Template and email your completed version to Laura King Hahn at laura.king.hahn@heart.org.

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