On February 21, 2013, Million Hearts® launched "100 Congregations for Million Hearts®," an initiative that encourages faith-based organizations to increase awareness and action around heart disease prevention and high blood pressure (also known as hypertension). Participating congregations will commit to designating a Million Hearts® Advocate from among its congregation to serve as a resource for heart health information and linking people to local healthcare providers and resources.
In addition to the Million Hearts® Advocate, congregations are asked to:
- Establish and/or strengthen relationships with community pharmacists, health centers and health workers;
- Distribute messages about the importance of and action steps to high blood pressure control;
- Promote the Heart Health Mobile App that helps determine and reduce one's heart attack and stroke risk; and
- Distribute blood pressure tracking wallet cards [PDF-921K].
"100 Congregations for Million Hearts®" was launched in Baltimore, Chicago, and Philadelphia, San Diego, and Tulsa. "With the support of our faith-based community, we are able to move closer to our goal of helping Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives," said Janet Wright, MD., Executive Director of Million Hearts®.
Million Hearts® is a national public-private partnership that works to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts® brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.
For information about the launch ofÂ "100 Congregations for Million Hearts®," in Philadelphia, visit: http://www.phillytrib.com/healtharticles/item/9169-congregations-to-help-in-fight-against-heart-disease.html#.UZORESwkUC8.email.
Click HERE [PDF-190K] for a list of congregations committed to 100 Congregations for Million Hearts®.
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