One of the main agendas of the US government is the promotion of health for its population. To facilitate this agenda, the government, through the department of health, has established several health programs and initiatives to promote health. These promotional programs aim at increasing public awareness on various aspects affecting their health and ways of disease prevention. One of the recently established health programs is Millions Heart. The program was established with an aim of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 (Sacco et al. 2012). According to health statistics, cardiovascular attack is one of the main causes of death in the US. The statistics show that about a quarter of deaths in the US are preventable and that most of the cardiovascular attacks are preventable if proper preventive measures are taken. Thus, Millions Hearts program was established to promote preventive measures of the disease by increasing public awareness ofcardiovascular attacks (Simpson, Massing, & Simpson, 2012).
The Goal of Million Hearts Program
The main goal of Million Hearts health program is to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 (Frieden, & Berwick, 2011). Efforts have been made to attain this goal. These efforts include improving quality of care, increasing access to quality health services, and creating public awareness on healthy living. The program also helps inincreasing medical attention and improving the adherence to appropriate medication to affected citizens (Frieden, & Berwick, 2011).
Preventing one million cardiovascular attacks by 2017 was an important goal of the health program since it aimed at reducing death rate caused by heart attack and stroke in the US. The goal of the program has helped to create awareness for US citizens that cardiovascular attacks are preventable by improving healthcare systems and living a healthy lifestyle (Sacco et al. 2012).
From the analysis of the million hearts program, it is a common fact that the initiative has changed behavior and environment of the US citizens. To achieve its objective, the program advocates changing the lifestyle of the citizens, as well as improving healthcare systems. Thus, the initiative has changed the behavior of the people such as their eating habits and physical activities. Moreover, the program has changed healthcare system by improving the quality of care and access to medical services,as well as improved medical attention by health care providers (Simpson, Massing, & Simpson, 2012).
Establishment of Million Hearts Initiative’s Objectives
To establish its objectives, million hearts brought together patients, healthcare providers, communities, federal agencies and other stakeholders with the aim of fighting heart attack and stroke in the country. The partners in the program have helped in generating ideas and carrying out public awareness campaign on heart diseases. The partners have also joined together in developing legislations and carrying out amendments to the health act to favor the actions of the program. Thus, with the partnership of the stakeholders, Million Heartsprogram have achieved its objective of ensuring that American citizens are healthy and live longer (Wright, 2013).
Strategies and the Interventions of Millions Hearts Program
Million Hearts initiative have formulated different strategies that will help it to achieve its objective. The program starts with changing the environment and then improving care in the health care system. In changing the environment, the program has sought to reduce smoking among American citizen, reduce sodium intake, reduce fat intake and advocate physical exercises. Research has shown that smoking increases the risk of an individual getting a heart attack. The program has carried out numerous campaigns across the states advocating the public to stop smoking. The campaigns have yielded a positive result since its establishment since the number of smokers has reduced by 2%. Excess consumption of sodium has also been cited as one risk factor for heart attack. Million Hearts initiative has conducted campaign to advocate public to reduced sodium intake. The program has also been creating public awareness on the risks of taking excess artificial fat. Citizens have been discouraged from taking sugary substances such as sweets, chocolates, and ice creams among others that contain excess fat. The program has been encouraging people to be taking physical exercises and activities to help in reducing excess fat in their body which cause a heart attack and stroke (Frieden, & Berwick, 2011).
In improving healthcare systems, the program has been focusing on improved medical care, improving medication by reducing the use of aspirins, improving blood pressure control, and adopting new technology in medical centers. Improving health care systems have helped in giving quality care to patients suffering heart disease and thus reducing the risk of death.
Future Evaluation of the Program
The Million Hearts initiative plans to conduct evolution of the program on a regular basis. The initiative has developed clinical quality measures that will help in giving out reports on the progress of the program. Public and private partners of the program have been encouraged to share data relating to heart attacks and stroke in the country. From the data collected, the program will evaluate its progress and necessary adjustments to its strategy will be carried out to ensure it accomplishes its objectives (Simpson, Massing, & Simpson, 2012).
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