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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

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Resources for Health Care Settings

Contact the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention

There are a variety of tools and programs available to incorporate health systems change into the structure of health care settings. These tools are free to use and can be implemented in a variety of settings to identify patients who are at risk for heart disease and assist patients with achieving proper blood pressure control, cholesterol control, and optimal cardiovascular health.

Million Hearts® 

Million Hearts® is a national initiative from the United States Department of Health and Human Services to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2022. The Million Hearts® website provides:

  1. Standardized, evidence-based protocols for cholesterol management, tobacco cessation, and hypertension treatment.
  2. Action guides for clinicians, employers, and public health practitioners.
  3. A set of tools for providers and patients to enhance heart disease and stroke prevention and treatment efforts.

You and your organization can become a Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champion through participating in the Hypertension Control Challenge and reaching 80% control rates among hypertensive patients.

Additional resources and information from Million Hearts® can be found at:

Target: BP 

Target: BP is a national initiative launched by the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association to improve blood pressure control and build a healthier nation. The initiative provides:

  1. Blood pressure improvement support
  2. Self-measured blood pressure
  3. Blood pressure guidelines
  4. Additional tools for health care organizations and care teams to use to improve blood pressure control.

You and your organization can become recognized by Target: BP by achieving at least a 70% control rate among patients.

Additional resources and information from Target: BP can be found at:

NCQA Heart/Stroke Recognition Program 

This program assists clinicians in providing high-quality care to individuals with cardiovascular disease (CVD) or with a history of stroke.  It acknowledges practitioners for their use of evidence-based measures in delivering quality care to their CVD and stroke clients. This program targets measures on blood pressure control, use of aspirin or another antiplatelet, smoking and tobacco use cessation assistance, body mass index screening, and statin therapy for patients with CVD.

More information is available on the NCQA Heart/Stroke Recognition Program’s website.

National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)

As a public health practice and resource center on health promotion for individuals with disability, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) aims to help people with disability and other chronic health conditions improve their health status. The NCHPAD welcomes partnership with organizations dedicated to decrease the burden of chronic disease and obesity in the population.

More information on the NCHPAD collaborative efforts is available on the NCHPAD’s website.