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Cardiovascular HealthCardiovascular Health and Million Hearts

C1-Million-image Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death, respectively, in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Million Hearts® initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The initiative focuses on improving the ABCS of cardiac risk reduction (Aspirin therapy when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking screening and cessation). The initiative focuses on improving the ABCS for all Americans, including racial and ethnic minorities, and supports the National Prevention Strategy.

To address these issues, HealthInsight is convening a community of patients, caregivers, physicians and physician practices, health care professionals and community stakeholders to identify and implement solutions to improve cardiac health throughout our region.

Get Involved

Why should your organization join the Cardiovascular Health and Million Hearts initiative? Providers who participate with the HealthInsight QIN-QIO will benefit from the following:

Home Health Agencies:

  • Resources and direct technical assistance on preventive cardiovascular best practices
  • Participation in the national Home Health Cardiovascular Data Registry
  • Enhanced communication opportunities between home health agencies and other providers
  • Health information technology (HIT) tools to support secure communication between health care settings
  • Virtual and in-person Learning and Action Network meetings and discussions to help providers in their commitment to make care safer, reduce costs, and, above all, improve the health of patients

Physician Office Practices:

  • Assistance with analysis of data and performance improvement activities
  • Expert consulting services to identify workflow redesign opportunities and process and system improvements
  • Facilitating the selection and spread of successful interventions
  • Virtual and in-person learning and action network meetings and discussions to help providers in their commitment to make care safer, reduce costs, and, above all, improve the health of patients.
  • Receive evidence-based practices that have been shown to improve clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction

Patients and their Families:

  • Providing opportunities to participate directly in learning and action networks
  • Facilitating the sharing of individuals' success stories related to cardiovascular prevention
  • Identifying critical community stakeholders for partnerships throughout our region
  • Introducing useful educational resources designed with proper health literacy and cultural appropriateness levels

Join us

Contact a member of your local HealthInsight team for more information or to participate:


Alison Shipley, Project Manager

New Mexico:

Susan Yelton, Project Manager


Rebekah Bally, Facilitation & Improvement Specialist


Rebecca Durham, Project Coordinator