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.
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In the Spotlight
In the News: Updates to Task Force Recommendation on Clinical Decision-Support Systems for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends clinical decision-support systems (CDSS) for prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) based on sufficient evidence of effectiveness in improving screening for CVD risk factors and practices for CVD-related preventive care services, clinical tests, and treatments.
Most of the available evidence is from studies on the effectiveness of CDSS when implemented alone in the healthcare system rather than as part of a coordinated service delivery effort that is intended to address barriers at the patient, provider, organizational, and community levels. More evidence is needed about implementation of CDSS as one part of a comprehensive service delivery system designed to improve outcomes for CVD risk factors and reduce CVD-related morbidity and mortality.
Click here to find out more about the Task Force's recommendations.
USDA Proposes Improvements to School Wellness Policies
At the end of February, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, announced proposed guidelines for local school wellness policies that will further improve the school nutrition environment for children. In addition to strengthening nutrition and physical activity in schools, the rule includes a new provision to limit unhealthy food and beverage marketing in schools.
New 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:
Sodium Reduction Efforts in the Food Industry
Recently, the food industry has made a conscious effort to reduce the amount of sodium in their food, particularly, Boston Market. The company announced that it has significantly reduced sodium in several key menu items and is on its way to reducing total sodium across its menu by 15% by the end of 2014. Read more about Boston Market's sodium reduction initiatives here.
2013 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is continuing its long-standing promise to identify prevention strategies that help detect high blood pressure, connect patients to care, and achieve control. A cornerstone of Million Hearts® is supporting clinicians in improving the identification, measurement, and reporting of high blood pressure to ultimately increase the proportion of people with their high blood pressure under control.To best provide this support to clinicians, Million Hearts® launched the Hypertension Control Challenge in 2012 to recognize successful hypertension control practices. In 2013 the Challenge honors nine winners with exemplary hypertension control rates in their patient populations. Click here for more information
Local Health Departments: Be a Part of the Million Hearts Initiative
Are you a local health department that's doing work in one or all of the following areas:
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.