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As Part of Achieving Million Hearts Initiative, DHHS Receives Grant from ASTHO
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Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Publish Date:
April 11, 2014

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services, in partnership with the University of New Hampshire, Institute of Health Policy and Practice, applied for and was one of nine states to receive a grant from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to participate in the Million Hearts Learning Collaborative. Through this initiative, ASTHO supports states in utilizing a Quality Improvement (QI) process to collaborate with clinical, community, and public health partners to implement best practices and proven policies that identify, control, and improve rates of high blood pressure with the aim of achieving the Million Hearts goal.

Other partners include Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock–Keene, Lamprey Health Clinic–Nashua, and the Manchester Community Health Center. For this proposal, New Hampshire focused its blood pressure control initiatives around developing and using patient registries and to look at opportunities to engage patients in managing their condition. NH used the Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock model that showed demonstrated results in BP control

"This is a tremendous opportunity for us and our partnering healthcare organizations," said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. "High blood pressure is sort of a precursor to future problems, it is all too common, and there are simple steps we should all take to help keep our blood pressure under control, including eating a healthy diet, exercising, and limiting salt intake."

Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in New Hampshire and stroke is the fifth leading cause. The Million Hearts™ is a national initiative launched in September 2011 to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are the co-leaders of Million Hearts™ within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working alongside other federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Food and Drug Administration. The American Heart Association is one of many key private-sector partners.

Million Hearts brings together a wide range of heart disease and stroke prevention program policies and activities to raise awareness among health care providers, private-sector organizations, policymakers, and consumers about what can be done to prevent heart disease and stroke and help Americans live longer, healthier, and more productive lives.

Americans can take steps to help achieve the Million Hearts™ goal by taking steps towards a healthier life. These include:

  • Maintain a normal weight
  • Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Avoid tobacco and
  • Reduce salt
  • Know your ABCS:
    • Aspirin – talk to a healthcare provider about whether you should take aspirin
    • Blood Pressure – have your blood pressure checked, talk to a healthcare provider regarding how often
    • Cholesterol – have your cholesterol levels checked
    • Smoking Cessation

For more information about the Million Hearts initiative, visit To contact the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program at DHHS call 1-800-852-3345. For more information about quitting smoking, eating healthier, and exercising more, visit the DHHS website at or the CDC website at

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