Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death, disability and healthcare costs in our nation today. It accounts for approximately 1 in 4 deaths in the United States, is the leading cause of health disparities, and contributes almost a billion dollars a day annually in medical costs.[ 1 ]
While much of this is preventable, several local and national initiatives have been launched to help alleviate the burden of cardiovascular disease. Local health departments (LHDs) play a critical role in identifying local-level strategies to advance policy, systems, and environmental changes to reduce the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, as well as reduce health disparities through community and health system interventions.
NACCHO supports local health departments identify evidence-based prevention strategies, information and resources to advance local practice and to educate the public on the importance of preventing heart attack and stroke in the United States.
NACCHO is a member of the Million Hearts®Collaborative and partners with CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention to lead the Cardiovascular Health Community of Practice (CoP). Members of the CoP learn and share through targeted webinars, resources, and technical assistance activities focused on cardiovascular health. Members are also able to connect with national partners, subject matter experts and other municipalities doing similar work.
To join the Cardiovascular Health CoP, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) teamed up with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to develop the new Million Hearts® in Municipalities Toolkit, a tool to help city, county, state, and regional partners implement Million Hearts® at the local level. Partners are encouraged to use one or more of the modules to address capacity needs related to goal-setting, partnerships, communications, and evaluation and monitoring progress. Each module includes a list of online resources that may be used to inform program design and implementation.
NACCHO's Cardiovascular Health Community of Practice: Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Detection, and Control in Local Health Departments assessment serves to inform of the facilitators, challenges, lessons learned, and resource needs of local health departments that are engaged in cardiovascular disease prevention work.
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NACCHO is collecting resources to support cardiovascular disease prevention efforts at the local level. For any questions or requests to submit materials that could help other local health departments, please contact us at email@example.com.
The following organizations have collaborated with NACCHO to prevent cardiovascular disease in communities throughout the United States.
Million Hearts® in Municipalities Success Stories
- Improving Hypertension Control Through a Community-Based Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program in Marion County, Indianapolis
- Million Hearts in Municipalities: Tobacco Cessation in a Mental Health Clinic in Albany County, New York
- Million Hearts ® in Municipalities: Leveraging Social Media for Tobacco Cessation Education in Bell County, Texas
- Million Hearts ® in Municipalities on the Move: Complete Streets Collaboration in Albany County, NY
- Million Hearts ® in Municipalities: Using Community Health Workers to Improve Heart Health and Build Community Capacity in Public Housing in Maricopa County, Arizona
- Faith-Based Community Adopts Church Policies to Battle Cardiovascular Disease in Omaha, Nebraska
- Boston Public Health Commission Partners with Barbershops to Improve Hypertension Control for Black Men
Cardiovascular Health Community of Practice Success Stories
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