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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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m. –2:00 p.m., EST

Heart attacks and strokes contribute to the almost 800,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease each year. The trauma to families and communities is devastating;the cost to the US economy is nearly $1 billion each day in medical costs and lost productivity. To achieve sustainable prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services launched Million Hearts®, a national initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts®focuses on increasing the number of communities who go smoke-free, decreasing sodium in the food supply, and eliminating trans-fat. In addition to changes to our environment, Million Hearts®calls for changes in the health care system that will produce better performance in the ABCS (Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, Smoking cessation). Join us as we hear about the progress that has been made, along with the work that is still needed to reach the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.


  • Janet Wright, MD, FACC, Executive Director, Million Hearts®
  • Andrew Tremblay, MD, Chair, Department of Primary Care
  • Patricia Henley, M.Ed., Director, Office of Community Health and Tobacco Use Prevention
  • Patricia L. Cummings, MPH, Ph.D., Program Manager, Sodium Reduction Initiative

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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.

Has your practice or health system successfully worked with patients to reduce high blood pressure and improve heart health? If so, you might be a 2014 Million Hearts®Hypertension Control Champion!

If you have achieved a hypertension control rate of 70 percent or above for your total patient population, please share your success story and enter the Hypertension Control Challenge by Oct. 10, 2014 for a chance to win.

Together, we can improve blood pressure control nationwide and ultimately save lives by preventing heart attacks and strokes. 

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.



NACCHO Recorded Webinars

Million Hearts: State/Local Practice-Based Successes in Addressing Cardiovascular Health through Chronic Disease Self-Management

This webinar featured representatives from two state health departments and their unique practice-based successes on implementing the Million Hearts™ initiative in their cardiovascular disease prevention efforts. The goal of this webinar was to help participants improve their awareness and understanding of Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs (CDSMP) that address cardiovascular health; local efforts to implement the Million Hearts® initiative in cardiovascular disease prevention and increase knowledge of the local health department's role in coordinated care teams and referral systems.


  • Robert L. Wines - Program Director for the Community Transformation Partnership, West Virginia Bureau for Public Health. 
  • Kala Shipley - Health Promotion Lead and the Community Transformation Grant Project Director, Iowa Department of Public Health

Click here to access recording 

Million Hearts®: Making the Case for Coordinated Community Health Homes

The webinar series 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.


  • Shannon Welch, MPH, Chief, Community Health, Oklahoma City-County Health Department
  • Alicia Plati, MPH, MBA, Director, Planning & Development, Oklahoma City-County Health Department

Click here to access recording

Marketing of Chronic Disease & Diabetes Self-Management/Prevention Programs

This webinar features representatives from two health departments and their unique practice-based successes on conducting provider outreach to generate referrals to the CDSMP/DSMP workshops in their jurisdiction. The goal of this webinar was to help participants improve their awareness of strategies in engaging providers in the referral of patients to CDSMP/DSMP by using the CDC 123 Provider Outreach approach. 


  • Joan Webster, former NACCHO CDSMP grantee –Director of Public Health and Social Services for Grays Harbor County, Washington
  • Robert L. Wines - Program Director for the Community Transformation Partnership Office of Community Health Systems and Health Promotion, West Virginia State Department of Health

Click here to access the recording.