The Maryland Million Hearts™ Initiative
Million Hearts™ is a national initiative to prevent 1 million hearts attacks and strokes in the U.S. over the next five years. Launched by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in September 2011, it aligns existing efforts, as well as creates new programs, to help improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, more productive lives. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) supports the Million Hearts™ Initiative and is currently one of the few state agencies to officially partner with the initiative.
Maryland’s commitment to the Million Hearts™ Initiative has 5 core components: improving clinical care, strengthening tobacco control, promoting a healthy diet, encouraging workplace wellness, and incentivizing local public health action. Maryland’s Million Hearts™ activities are a central component of an overall health reform strategy that aims to expand access to high-quality healthcare for all Marylanders and to maximize wellness and prevention to optimize the value of the State’s investment in health.
Maryland’s Million Hearts™ strategies align with Maryland’s recent award of a $9.7 million CDC Community Transformation Grant (CTG) to expand the Healthiest Maryland efforts in “making the healthiest choice the easiest choice” for all Marylanders, particularly for Marylanders with existing heart disease and stroke risk factors. From May 2012 to September 2013, the Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Grant will be used to expand Maryland’s Million Hearts™ activities to Baltimore City, Baltimore, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Anne Arundel counties. The CTG and PHHS Grants together will allow for a statewide reach and measurable impact from reducing tobacco use; enhancing the physical activity and food environment (including reducing sodium and eliminating trans fat in the food supply); and providing community-clinical linkages to improve control of blood pressure and cholesterol.
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