NACDD is pleased to announce that three states have been selected to receive enhanced technical assistance and support to address the cardiovascular burden in their respective states.
Connecticut, Nevada, and Utah successfully competed in the request for technical assistance (RFTA) offer from NACDD to assist states in implementing a Million Hearts® Stakeholders Workshop that brings together statewide partners. NACDD will provide enhanced technical assistance to each state through June 2016. Anticipated outcomes of this technical assistance and the Million Hearts® Stakeholders Workshop include the following:
- SHDs and their partners will have a better understanding of Million Hearts® and how it aligns with the work the states have been asked to carry out under the coordinated FOA 1305, as well as FOA 1422.
- States have concrete action steps outlined and have identified a process for carrying out those action steps with their partners.
- Organizations partnering with states will take definitive actions to improve hypertension control in their patient or covered populations.
- SHDs and their partners have implemented plans to improve blood pressure among their population or a subset of the population.
- Lessons learned about opportunities, successes, challenges, barriers to controlling blood pressure at a population level are shared in a best practice/success story document.
Million Hearts® is a national initiative striving to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, and is co-led by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), with support from other Department of Health and Human Services agencies. Achieving this goal means that 10 million more Americans must have their blood pressure under control. Million Hearts® is working to reach this goal through clinical approaches, such as using health information technology to its fullest potential and integrating team-based approaches to care, as well as community approaches, such as strengthening tobacco control, reducing smoking, and improving nutrition through decreased sodium and artificial trans-fat consumption. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and community health workers play a key role in helping Americans control their blood pressure. As a national Million Hearts® partner, NACDD is committed to assisting states as they align their efforts with the Million Hearts® initiative.