Cancer Communication Research Center

What can cancer control learn from the Million Hearts Initiative?


Over the past few weeks I have heard colleagues mentioning the Million Hearts Initiative at many different, unrelated forums.

"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 stroke.

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 approaches.

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.

Borsika Rabin
Staff Researcher/Research Coordinator

Written by CCRC at 13:48




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