Over the past few weeks I have heard colleagues mentioning
the Million Hearts Initiative at many different, unrelated
"The Million Hearts™ is a national initiative
to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years.
Million Hearts™ brings together communities, health systems,
nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector
partners from across the country to fight heart disease and
Such broad collaboration for disease prevention is likely
to be successful since it has the great potential to reach
different stakeholders (e.g., policymakers, public health
practitioners, health care providers, and patients) and will
intervene at multiple levels.
As I am reflecting on the history of cancer control - an area
that usually champions novel approaches, I was unable to identify
any similar, broad, concerted effort for the primary or secondary
prevention of cancer where different stakeholder groups came
together with such clear vision and shared goal and
I invite you all to learn about the Million Hearts Initiative
and reflect on possible ways that cancer control could learn from
this incredible work.
Staff Researcher/Research Coordinator