NH DHHS - As Part of Achieving Million Hearts Initiative, DHHS Receives Grant from ASTHO

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:

8 Aspirin – talk to a healthcare provider about whether you should

take aspirin

8 Blood Pressure – have your blood pressure checked, talk to a

healthcare provider re: how often

8 Cholesterol – have your cholesterol levels checked

8 Smoking Cessation

For more information about the Million Hearts initiative, visit

www.millionhearts.hhs.gov  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 www.dhhs.nh.gov  or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov