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Million Hearts

Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States.  Every year, Americans suffer more than 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes.  Although most people are at risk for heart disease and stroke, racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by the disease and are less likely to receive recommended preventive services for the early identification of risk factors.   Therefore, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched Million Hearts®, a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

Million Hearts Logo Million Hearts® aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by:
• Improving access to effective care
• Improving the quality of care for the ABCS
• Focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart disease                 
• and stroke
• Activating the public to lead a heart healthy lifestyle
• Improving the prescription and adherence to appropriate  medications for the ABCS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of Minority Health embraces this initiative and will continuously work to support Million Hearts® within our portfolio as we strive towards reducing and eliminating health disparities across the country.  

We invite you to watch the following Heart Disease PSA.  Click here to find tips on healthy lifestyle choices that help to lower your risk of heart disease.

For more information, visit:  http://millionhearts.hhs.gov

My Brother’s Keeper initiative: Be informed and get involved

President Obama established My Brother's Keeper, or MBK, to help close the opportunity gaps faced by too many young people across our country, and by boys and young men of color in particular.  The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force is releasing a report next week.   This report will provide an in-depth look at state and local place-based engagement, private-sector action, and efforts made by the federal government to better shape public policy. You'll read about growing efforts across the nation to provide optimism and opportunity for all our young people. And you’ll read examples of how communities, businesses, foundations, and social enterprises are investing in what works.  

In September 2014, the President also issued a challenge to cities, towns, counties and tribes across the country to become “MBK Communities.”  The My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge is a call to action to build and execute robust plans to ensure that all young people—no matter who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born—can achieve their full potential.  More than 60 superintendents of our country's largest urban school districts have also pledged to develop new strategies to help meet the objectives of MBK. And nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives — from 43 states and Washington, D.C. — have accepted the MBK Community Challenge and committed to improve life outcomes for young people at the local level.  

To know more about MBK, available resources, and read the upcoming report visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper. To get involved in the MBK Community Challenge visit http://www.mbkchallenge.org/.