APHN serves as a national partner in the Million Hearts Collaboration.

APHN is Contributing to Million Hearts® by Promoting Blood Pressure Control

Million Hearts® 2022 aims to prevent at least one million heart attacks and strokes in five years.  Since 2012, the national Million Hearts® initiative has coordinated and enhanced cardiovascular disease prevention activities across public and private sectors and has brought together existing efforts and new programs to improve health across communities.  Million Hearts® measures include the “ABCS”:  Aspirin therapy, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management and Smoking cessation.  The work of Million Hearts 2022 is to improve the ABCS.

As a national partner in the Million Hearts® Collaboration since 2014, APHN is focused on blood pressure control.  APHN is partnering with The Ohio State University College of Nursing (OSU) to provide free access and continuing education to APHN members for completion of their Million Hearts® Fellowship Module.  The module provides an introduction to Million Hearts®, training on performing and interpreting biometric screening in the community and motivational interviewing.  As part of earning the CE credits, each participant is asked to provide 5 screenings in their own community, allowing APHN to contribute to OSUs goal of providing 100,000 biometric screenings across the U.S. by 2022 as part of the National Interprofessional Education and Practice Consortium to Advance Million Hearts®

As of August 2019, 24 APHN members are trained as Million Hearts® Fellows and have completed 120 community screenings, with a goal of providing at least 200 screenings by April 30, 2020!

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For more information on APHNs work with Million Hearts®:

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Contact:  Jennifer Cooper, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, CNE, President-Elect, Association of Public Health Nurses  jencooperrn@gmail.com

Additional Resources:

Announcing the NEW Community-Clinical Linkages Toolkit  released in July 2018

Learn about Million Hearts 2022!

In June 2017, ASTHO released  a National Partner Blog Series.  Check out APHNs blog!.

2016 APHN podcast, hosted by the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention: Nurses Engagement in Hypertension Control via Clinical Systems Changes

APHN/ASTHO 2014 Issue Brief: Current and Potential Roles of Public Health Nurses in Hypertension Prevention and Control

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