Case Study : Million Hearts Campaign Essay
In September of 2011, the Million Hearts Campaign was launched, with a goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by the year 2017. The co-leaders in this effort to decreases heart attacks and strokes are the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Death, one out of every three occur by heart attack and strokes in the United States, costs billions of dollars in health care which can be prevented. Four preventable risk factors occurring in heart and stroke deaths include smoking, obesity, elevated cholesterol, and elevated blood pressure. These tragic deaths effect minorities more than non-Hispanic white men. African American men have a 30 percent higher risk at heart attack and stroke then non-Hispanic white men, due to increased risk factor such as elevated blood pressure. Heart disease is also the leading cause of death for American women. The Million Hearts Campaign is striving to save lives one heart at a time, by educating not only individuals, but also the community and health systems.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services co-lead the Million Hearts Campaign with the collaborations of several other organizations and associations, to include: American Heart Associations, American Pharmacist Association, YMCA, Walgreens, and the United Health Care. These organizations…