Health Observances

February: American Heart Month
National trends show heart disease death rates are declining more slowly than they have in the past, especially among adults ages 35 to 64. For American Heart Month 2018, Million Hearts® is calling on younger Americans to take control of their heart health and reduce heart disease risk. Learn how you can get involved.

March: National Nutrition Month®
For National Nutrition Month® 2018, Million Hearts® is encouraging Americans to reduce sodium in their diet and make healthier meal choices. Get started with these tips and resources.

May: National Stroke Awareness Month
Stroke can happen to anyone at any time. This May, Million Hearts® is raising awareness of stroke risk and ways to lower risk at any age. Share these resources, graphics, and social media messages with your community.

October: October 29 is World Stroke Day
On October 29, CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention will be sharing resources, graphics, and social media messages to help raise awareness about the importance of preventing stroke.

November: November 15 is the Great American Smokeout
Throughout November and beyond, Million Hearts® will share tobacco cessation resources and social media messages to empower people to quit tobacco.


EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge
January 2015
The goal of the EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge, sponsored by Million Hearts® and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, is to identify practices that have used clinical decision support to implement the most successful evidence-based blood pressure treatment protocols (Phase 1) and identify models for quickly and widely spreading these strategies to other practices (Phase 2).

Million Hearts® Risk Check Challenge
July 2012
Million Hearts® and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology sponsored a developer challenge and outreach initiative to inform millions of Americans who may be unaware that they are at significant risk for heart disease and stroke. The winner, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, was announced in February 2013.

Million Hearts® Caregiver Video Challenge
July 2012
Caregivers play an important role in maintaining the heart health of their loved ones. Million Hearts® sponsored a video challenge for caregivers to share their stories and give tips for how to prevent or control high blood pressure.

Beat Down Blood Pressure Video Challenge
March 2012
In an effort to crowdsource better ways for the public and health care professionals to leverage technology and manage high blood pressure, Million Hearts® and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced the Beat Down Blood Pressure Video Challenge.

Other Events

Webcast on Million Hearts® 2022: A Compelling Call to Action
February 2018
On February 20, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Grand Rounds event featured a special Million Hearts®–focused panel discussion. Million Hearts® Executive Director Janet Wright, MD, and other public health and health professionals shared how Million Hearts® strategies are making a difference in practices, health systems, and communities nationwide in preventing deaths from heart disease and stroke. Watch the archived webcast to learn more.

Overcoming Barriers to Medication Adherence for Chronic Diseases
February 2017
On February 21, 2017, in conjunction with American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted a Public Health Grand Rounds. The session featured a panel of leaders in pharmacy, nursing, medicine, and academia who highlighted the burden of medication non-adherence and barriers for adherence among patients with cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases. Watch the archived webcast and a video, titled “Beyond the Data,” featuring one of the panelists, Larry Garber, MD, with Reliant Medical Group, a 2015 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champion.

Mind Your Risks and Act FAST to Prevent and Treat Strokes
May 2016
On May 17, 2016, in celebration of National Stroke Awareness Month and National High Blood Pressure Education Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted a Public Health Grand Rounds. The webcast featured presentations from experts on how stroke is preventable and treatable, how women are affected differently, and what is being done to bridge the gaps in stroke treatment. Watch the archived webcast.

AMGA's Measure Up/Pressure Down® National Hypertension Campaign Hosts Virtual Anniversary Event
December 2014
On December 4, 2014, Measure Up/Pressure Down® convened medical groups, health systems, partners, sponsors, and other supporters to celebrate the campaign's two-year anniversary. The event offered actionable strategies and tactics to help organizations improve hypertension control rates. Participating groups received awards recognizing their achievements, including the "Best Control" award presented by Million Hearts® Executive Director Dr. Janet Wright.

TEDMED 2012: What Do You Do When Your Best Shot Falls Short?
April 2012
At TEDMED 2012 in Washington, DC, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asked, "What do you do when your best shot falls short?" Dr. Frieden discussed the importance of Million Hearts®, which he views as an initiative with a clear, definable objective that can be reached through aligning measures, simple modifications in care, and collaboration between public and private sector partners.


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