Heart Disease Prevention Program

HeartDisease Prevention Program

HeartDisease Prevention Program

Heartdisease is one of the most important public health issues of the 21stcentury. It is through this that the public health department deviseda program of intense campaigns to prevent the disease and lower thecases in the American community (Heidenreichet al., 2011).The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention became thepotential implementer of the program. The forum together with otherstakeholder convened a meeting in the year 2002 and rolled theprogram (Labartheet al., 2014).

Theprogram had three major goals. The first was to transform theinvestment in the health sector from reactive to preventiveespecially for the heart disease. Secondly, it sought to transformthe public health institutions as key players in the prevention ofheart disease. Lastly is sought develop an upstream model ofpreventing heart disease rather than the conventional downstreammodel of trying to manage the disease after the occurrence (Labartheet al., 2014).

Althoughthe program is still running, it has various evident successfulundertakings. First, it launched the Million Hearts Initiative inconjunction with the Center for Disease Control. The initiative wasimperative in pushing for the Affordable Care Act in 2011 (Sidneyet al., 2013).Secondly, the action plan formed the Million Hearts collaborationthat brought other stakeholders with the same interests on board andworked together towards preventing the disease. These include theCenter for Disease Control, American Heart Association, and NationalAssociation of Chronic Diseases among others (Labartheet al., 2014).

Inconclusion, the prevention program has borne desirable fruits in thelast ten years it has been in operation. The program directors havedevised a new set of action supporting mechanisms for the next actionperiod to scale up the successes of the mother plan. In the nextreport, there are prospects of having more intensified campaigns thanthe there were in the last report.


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