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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 (CDC). 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.

There is still work to be done to reach this goal, so the CDC has continued the Million Hearts initiative for another five years. Million Hearts 2.0 places a greater emphasis on engaging patients in heart healthy behaviors, increasing the use of cardiac rehabilitation, and improving outcomes for priority populations defined by the CDC.

To address these issues, HealthInsight has convened 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.

 

Events and Webinars

You can find more information about our webinars in the Events and Tools and Resources pages.

Our Support

HealthInsight can help partners focus their efforts on improving the cardiovascular health of their patients. Our technical assistance includes:

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
  • 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

Clinical 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

Questions?

Contact a member of your local HealthInsight team:

Nevada:

Alison Shipley
Project Manager
702-933-7325
ashipley@healthinsight.org

New Mexico:

Susan Yelton
Project Manager
505-998-9753
syelton@healthinsight.org

Oregon:

Rebekah Bally
Facilitation & Improvement Specialist
503-972-0865
rbally@healthinsight.org

Utah:

Rebecca Durham
Project Coordinator
801-892-6620
rdurham@healthinsight.org