Health Observances

Health Observances
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The CMS Office of Minority Health welcomes your participation in promoting observances throughout the year to raise awareness about health issues affecting people across our nation. Share our resources on prevention, health equity, and research about health disparities.

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Spotlight

Addressing heart disease disparities throughout American Heart Month and Black History Month

Black communities are often disproportionately affected by heart disease and many of its risk factors, including difficulties with access to medication, preventive services, and safe exercise.

Throughout February, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) celebrates both American Heart Month and Black History Month by emphasizing the importance of prevention and care management to combat health disparities in Black communities.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and most racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., accounting for one death every 33 seconds. Though heart disease-related deaths have declined over the past two decades, research shows that disparities persist as Black adults continue to experience higher death rates; in 2019, Black adults were 30% more likely to die from heart disease than White adults. Black people also have the highest prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) out of all racial groups in the U.S., with 58.8% of Black women and 60.1% of Black men having some form of CVD in 2015 to 2018.

CMS OMH is working to advance health equity for all Americans by highlighting resources for communities disproportionately impacted by heart disease during American Heart Month and Black History Month. This month and beyond, we encourage you to take time to review and share the resources below.

Resources

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See the Ischemic Heart Disease Disparities in Medicare Fee-For-Service Beneficiaries (PDF) data snapshot for information about ischemic heart disease (also known as coronary artery disease) among Medicare Fee-For-Service beneficiaries, as well as other relevant data snapshots on Atrial Fibrillation (PDF), Diabetes (PDF), Heart Failure (PDF), Hypertension (PDF), and Obesity (PDF).

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Review and share our updated chronic care management (CCM) resources on the Manage Your Chronic Condition and Resources for Partners and Providers webpages to help those affected by multiple chronic conditions, including heart disease, access CCM services.

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Explore the Coverage to Care (C2C) Get Preventive Care webpage to learn more about services and resources available to your patients at no cost under most health coverage.

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Read the Tips for Understanding Your Drug Coverage & Prescriptions to learn more about your drug coverage and staying healthy with your medications. (English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF))

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View the C2C Roadmap to Better Care (PDF), which is available in 10 languages. This resource explains what health coverage is and how to use it to get primary care and preventive services.

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Check out the Healthy People 2030 website to learn more about improving heart health and preventing disease.

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Share the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) American Heart Month resources with your patients to encourage them to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.

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Review the CDC’s 7 Strategies to Live a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle infographic to learn more about lowering heart disease risk and preventing other chronic conditions.

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02/01/2024 08:57 AM