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Cardiovascular Health Announcements

November 9, 2017

This year, Million Hearts® and CDC recognize 24 health care professionals, practices, and systems as 2017 Hypertension Control Champions for their success in achieving blood pressure control rates for at least 70% of their adult patients with hypertension. Together, these Champions cared for more than 1.2 million adults and represented a range of small and large health practices and systems. For a full list of the 2017 Hypertension Control Champions, visit the Million Hearts® website at

Saving lives through better blood pressure control has been a longstanding CDC priority. By recognizing the Champions’ performance and sharing their lessons learned, CDC aims to help other health care professionals achieve the same success in communities nationwide.

“Too many Americans have high blood pressure, putting them at greater risk for a heart attack, stroke, dementia and other serious health threats,” said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. “Controlling blood pressure is one of the most effective ways to keep people healthy. We applaud these Champions for such great progress.”

To be eligible, entrants shared verifiable high blood pressure control data and highlighted successful strategies and best practices adopted by the practice or system, such as the use of health information technology and team-based care. All Champions achieved control rates of 70 percent or greater for their adult patients by using a variety of approaches, including:

  •  Making high blood pressure control a priority
  • Using evidence-based treatment guidelines and protocols
  • Using health care teams to increase the frequency of contact with patients
  • Implementing consistent, strategic use of electronic health records that include clinical decision support tools, patient reminders, and registry functionality
  • Staying engaged with patients by offering free blood pressure checks and implementing the use of a patient navigator or care coordinator

Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes between 2017 and 2022. CDC co-leads Million Hearts with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For more information about the initiative and to access resources, visit


Reminder: Nominations for CVH Network Leadership Team due November 22
The Chair-elect, four At-Large members, and representatives for the NACDD Government Affairs and Professional Development Committees are the positions available for nominations. We would like to make sure we have a strong, committed, and diverse team. This is a great opportunity to recognize and provide a national leadership opportunity for outstanding Domain 3 staff. Most positions require only one hour per month for meetings.

A detailed overview of the Leadership Team and positions is available here. Please submit your nominations using the form by Wednesday, November 22MaryCatherine Jones will follow up after the nomination period closes to affirm nominees' interest in serving on the Leadership Team, answer their questions about the group, and request a bio from each candidate. 

Please feel free to contact our current chair, Janice Gray, with questions about the Leadership Team. You may also contact NACDD consultant MaryCatherine Jones at with questions about the Leadership Team or nomination process.   


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