October 29 is World Stroke Day 10/27/2015
This year’s World Stroke Day theme is “I am Woman. Stroke affects me.” On October 29, Million Hearts® will be sharing resources, videos, and social media messages to educate people about the importance of stroke awareness. We invite you to share information and resources with your fans and followers, too.
Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model Question & Answer Webinars 09/22/2015
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a series of question and answer (Q&A) webinars for the Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model on Thursday, September 24 from 2:00-3:00pm EDT and Tuesday, October 6 from 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT. Registration is required to attend both webinars.
May is American Stroke Month and High Blood Pressure Education Month 04/31/2015
In observance of American Stroke Month and High Blood Pressure Education Month, Million Hearts® will focus on increasing public awareness of stroke risk and warning signs and educating Americans about blood pressure control. Join the effort by participating in the our activities.
Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Protocol Learning Collaborative Webinar 04/23/2015
The Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Protocol Learning Collaborative was launched on April 20, 2015. Dr. Joel Handler, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, presented the topic "Using a Systems-based Approach to Hypertension Control: How Protocols Can Help You Achieve Better Outcomes". Dr. David Meyers, AHRQ hosted the event. Save the Date for the next session to be held on June 22, 2015, 12-1pm.
The Veterans Health Administration and Million Hearts® Webinar: Implementation of the New Lipids Clinical Practice Guideline 03/25/2015
On April 7, 2015, 11:30 AM–1:00 PM ET, the Veterans Health Administration (VA) and Million Hearts® will host the third webinar in its Virtual Conference Series regarding the implementation of the new lipids clinical practice guideline. Join VA and Million Hearts® experts as they discuss evidence-based practices to address dyslipidemia and help reduce cardiovascular risk. The conference also will feature strategies and recommendations that healthcare providers can use to help patients better manage this condition and improve outcomes. Click here [PDF-237K] for information on obtaining continuing education units for participating in the webinar.
March is National Nutrition Month 03/02/2015
This month is National Nutrition Month, the perfect time to help Americans learn how to be heart healthy without sacrificing taste or giving up the foods they love. All month long, Million Hearts® will be using social media to educate the public about the importance of heart healthy eating. We’ll share nutrition information, tasty recipes, and cooking and shopping tips on Facebook and Twitter. We invite you to share heart healthy nutrition information and resources with your audiences, too.
February is American Heart Month 02/02/2015
February is American Heart Month. This year, Million Hearts® is encouraging Americans to know their blood pressure and if it’s high, to make control their goal.
AMGA's Measure Up/Pressure Down® National Hypertension Campaign Hosts Virtual Campaign Anniversary Event 12/04/2014
On Thursday, December 4, 2014, Measure Up/Pressure Down® convened medical groups, health systems, partners, sponsors, and other supporters to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the campaign. During this hour, participating groups were presented with awards recognizing their hypertension achievements—including best control, most improvement, quickest improvement, and groups at or near the campaign goal of 80% control by 2016. Million Hearts®’ Executive Director, Janet Wright, MD, unveiled the winners for the "Best Control" award. The event also provided actionable strategies and tactics to help organizations improve control rates by the end of the campaign. More information, including a recording of the event, is available on its website.
Million Hearts® is Featured in This Month's CDC Public Health Grand Rounds 09/08/2014
Since launching in 2012, Million Hearts® has captured the support of many individuals and organizations, and has made important steps in preventing heart attacks and strokes. We have learned much from leaders in health care and communities nationwide about what is working and how to affect change.
The September CDC Grand Rounds features some of the progress that has been made to date through the Million Hearts® initiative along with some of the work that is still needed to reach the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. We will hear how public health and clinical care experts are coming together in communities to improve blood pressure control, how comprehensive tobacco policy efforts can be scaled to have a statewide impact, and how efforts to promote healthy nutrition can occur through exercising purchasing power to increase the availability of lower sodium products.
The Veterans Health Administration and Million Hearts® Webinar Explores VA MOVE!®, a National Weight Management Program 05/28/2014
On June 17, 2014, 5:00–6:00 PM ET, the Veterans Health Administration (VA) and Million Hearts® will host the second webinar in its Virtual Conference Series. The webinar will explore how VA implements VA MOVE!®, an evidence-based program that helps improve the quality of care for Veterans. Registration for the webinar opens on the day of the event. The webinar is part of a co-hosted training series between the VA and Million Hearts®. Click here [PDF-222K] for information on obtaining continuing education units for participating in the webinar.
Million Hearts® for Millions of Meals: Reducing Sodium in Home Delivered and Congregate Meals Webinar 05/02/2014
The webinar features the importance of sodium reduction in meals served to older adults, meeting national recommendations for sodium intake in home delivered and congregate meal settings, and a case study highlighting successful implementation of sodium reduction strategies in the Meals on Wheels program. A discussion around working with food distributors on sodium reduction is also included.
Million Hearts® Conference Call to Discuss Evidence-Based Performance Measures for Cholesterol Management 04/22/2014
On April 22 and April 24, 2014, CDC will hold conference calls to discuss draft cholesterol measure specifications developed by the HHS Interagency Cholesterol Measures Workgroup consisting of representatives from CDC, CMS, ONC, NHLBI, HRSA, AHRQ, and IHS. These draft cholesterol measure specifications are based on the "2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults."
To participate in either conference call or for more information on the draft measures, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Veterans Health Administration and Million Hearts® Launch a Virtual Conference Series 02/06/2014
On February 20, 2014, 3:00–4:30 PM ET, The Veterans Health Administration (VA) and Million Hearts® will launch a Virtual Conference Series. The first presentation in this series is titled, "Integrating Tobacco Cessation Into Mental Health Care for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder". This program is intended for all VA, Department of Defense (DoD), HHS and Million Hearts® partners involved in the care of mental health (PTSD), tobacco cessation, and cardiac health, however, all interested clinicians are invited to participate. ACCME, ACCME-NP, APA, ANCC, ASWB/CA BBS CEUs are available for Non-VA participants.
Million Hearts® Webinar Series: "Nurse Practitioners and Million Hearts®" Updated 10/30/2013
On Wednesday, September, 11, 2013, from 6–7:30 p.m. ET, Million Hearts® will host a repeat webinar session titled, "Nurse Practitioners and Million Hearts®—Partnering to Achieve Blood Pressure Control for the Nation." This session will show how nurse practitioners are achieving excellence in detecting and controlling hypertension using proven strategies and engaging in patient and family-centered care.
State of Men's Heart Health Webinar 07/18/2013
In celebration of Men's Health Month, Million Hearts® and the Men's Health Network hosted the State of Men's Heart Health Webinar on June 3, 2013. Speakers discussed the current status of men's heart health in the United States and effective tools and strategies for involving men in improving their own heart health. To view a transcript of the webinar, click HERE [PDF-250K].
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and ASTHO Webinar 06/13/2013
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene works with partners to support Million Hearts®. Through this webinar, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) will:
Highlight how the Maryland health agency supports Million Hearts® in preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017;
Discuss innovative partnerships that will help state and territorial health agencies support Million Hearts®; and
Leverage the momentum of ASTHO's Presidential Challenge to advance the reintegration of public health and healthcare to support Million Hearts®.
Million Hearts® Webinar Series 05/28/2013
On Thursday, May 30, 2013, from 3–4:30 p.m. ET, Million Hearts®, will host a second session titled, "Nurse Practitioners and Million Hearts®—Partnering to Achieve Blood Pressure Control for the Nation." This session will show how nurse practitioners are achieving excellence in detecting and controlling hypertension using proven strategies and engaging in patient and family-centered care.
Speakers will discuss empowering:
Patients and families to Detect-Connect-Control the numbers (Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring);
Nurse Practitioners to act on the numbers;
Patients to use mobile health technologies to manage blood pressure; and
Managing hypertension—lifestyle changes combined with medications and strategies for medication adherence.
Guest Panelists Include:
Susan K. Laird, MSN, RN, Director, CDC Education and Learning Initiative
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Janet Wright, MD, FACC, Executive Director, Million Hearts®
CMS and CDC
Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, President, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Associate Clinical Professor, Northern Arizona University
Leslie Davis, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Adult Health
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Brett B. Snodgrass, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, Family Nurse Practitioner
Comprehensive Primary Care
Jo-Ann Eastwood, PhD, CCNP, ACNP-BC, Assistant Professor
University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing
Million Hearts® Webinar Series 05/23/2013
On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, from 3–4:30 p.m. ET, Million Hearts® will host the first of two webinars. The first session will showcase outstanding smoking cessation efforts ready to be used in communities nationwide. Please join us to learn about:
The Million Hearts® initiative;
New York City Department of Health's Primary Care Information Project and Health eQuits;
Utilization of Electronic Health Records as smoking cessation aids;
Strategies to help patients succeed in smoking cessation programs;
Benefits of multi-part smoking interventions; and
Bronx Breathes, a community-based program that helps smokers quit.
Guest Presenters: Janet Wright, MD, FACC, Executive Director, Million Hearts®, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Innovation Center and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sarah Shih, MPH, New York Department of Health
Vincent Jarvis, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Director, NY Hotel Trades Council
Barbara (Bobbi) Hart, MPA
Promising Practices: Million Hearts® and Blood Pressure Control in Clinical Settings 12/04/2012
On December 4, 2012, the Million Hearts® initiative, in collaboration with the Offices of Minority Health at CMS and HHS, hosted a webinar entitled "Powerful Enough to Make a Difference: Promising Practices for Blood Pressure Control in Clinical Settings." Presenters, including Kaiser Permanente Colorado and the Ellsworth Medical Clinic, both 2012 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions, shared their success stories and effective strategies for achieving blood pressure control among their patients.
Promising Practices: Million Hearts® and Minority Health 09/13/2012
On September 13, 2012, the Million Hearts® initiative, in collaboration with the Offices of Minority Health at CMS and HHS, hosted a webinar entitled Promising Practices: Million Hearts® and Minority Health. The webinar discussed the importance of cardiovascular health and community approaches to addressing health disparities. Current partners shared their success stories, effective strategies, and lessons learned. Representatives from the Indian Health Services and Association of Black Cardiologists presented their efforts to support Native American/Alaskan Native, African American and Hispanic/Latino populations in achieving high blood pressure control.
Million Hearts® Risk Check Challenge 07/27/2012
Million Hearts® and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) are sponsoring a developer challenge and outreach initiative to inform millions of Americans who may be unaware they are at significant risk for CVD, encourage those who think they may be at risk to take action, and direct both to community pharmacies to receive blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. Submissions are due by October 31, 2012.
Million Hearts® Caregiver Video Challenge 07/16/2012
Caregivers play an important role in maintaining the heart health of their loved ones. Create a video that shares a caregiver's story and gives tips for how to prevent or control high blood pressure. Submission deadline is July 16 through August 31, 2012.
Developers: Deadline Approaching for Allscripts Million Hearts® CDS Challenge 06/25/2012
To help providers deliver the best possible care to patients with cardiovascular diseases, Allscripts is sponsoring the Allscripts Million Hearts® Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Challenge. The challenge, which was announced in January, offers a $50,000 prize to the person or group that creates a publicly available application that accelerates the delivery of optimal care for patients with cardiovascular disease through clinical decision support functionality. The deadline for submissions by interested parties is July 13, 2012.
CDC presents at TEDMED 2012: What Do You Do When Your Best Shot Falls Short? 04/11/2012
Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently gave a speech entitled, “What do you do when your best shot falls short?” at this year’s TEDMED conference in Washington, D.C. During the speech he discussed his many experiences in public health, including his time at CDC, both as Director and initially as an officer with the Epidemic Intelligence Service. A highlight of his talk, however, was his discussion of the importance of the Million Hearts initiative. He sees Million Hearts® as a program with a clear, definable objective which can be reached through aligning measures, simple modifications in care, and collaboration between public and private sector partners. An illustration of his speech created by Jim Nuttle and Greg Gersch can be found below. View the video of Dr. Frieden's speech on the TEDMED site.
Air Pollution & CVD 04/05/2012
National Public Health week is the first week in April. U.S. EPA is happy to be participating in this important public health event by raising awareness about their green hearts campaign through a webinar scheduled for April 5th. This webinar will discuss the importance of being aware of the environmental hazard of air pollution and its potential health impacts on the heart. Environmental factors can play a role in cardiovascular disease and EPA and Million Hearts® need your assistance to help prevent heart attacks as part of the Million Hearts® initiative.
Beat Down Blood Pressure Video Challenge 03/28/2012
In an effort to crowd source better ways the public and health care professionals can leverage technology to manage high blood pressure, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in partnership with Million Hearts®, announces a Beat Down Blood Pressure Video Challenge.
Administration on Aging (AoA) Webinar Featuring Million Hearts® 02/28/2012
In early 2012, the Administration on Aging (AoA) held a series of webinars focused on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (also known as the Affordable Care Act or ACA) and its impact on the aging network. One of the webinars focused on Million Hearts®, a national initiative launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in September 2011 to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
Heart Healthiest Blog in America Challenge 02/01/2012 – 02/29/2012
On February 1, 2012, Million Hearts® launched a challenge to bloggers to help prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. To participate in the Heart Healthiest Blog in America Challenge, bloggers will prompt their readers to sign the Million Hearts® pledge of commitment to take control of their heart health. The blogger who recruits the most pledges within the month of February will receive kudos and a distinguished prize from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a co-leader of the Million Hearts® initiative.