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Healthy Hearts California

Vision: Healthy hearts for a​ll Californians.

Mission: Reduce the ​​risk and prevalence of heart disease and stroke among all Californians.​

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in California1 and claimed the lives of over 65,000 people in 2021 alone2. Stroke also remains a primary contributor to death and disease for Californians and was the 4th leading cause of death for in California in 20211. Together, through collaborative and collective action, Healthy Hearts California (HHC) aims to be a driving force behind reducing the risk and prevalence of heart disease and stroke in our state.

HHC was created specifically to coordinate statewide heart disease control and prevention efforts, decrease silos to increase efficiency and effectiveness, and address factors that contribute to heart disease and stroke and eliminate health disparities. The HHC goals align with Let’s Get Healthy California; The California Wellness Plan (PDF, 4.3 MB)​; the Million Hearts®​ Initiative; and the American Heart Association’s Target: BP™ Initiative. These plans are designed to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke in California, and provide guidance to individuals and organizations spanning a wide range of health and social disciplines that play a role in reducing the risk and prevalence of heart disease and stroke among all Californians.

Representatives from a variety of organizations and constituencies working in heart disease and stroke prevention and control, include: state and local governments; private and nonprofit organizations; health, medical, and business communities, academic institutions; researchers; survivors; caregivers and advocates.

HHC is administered by C​alifornia’s HeartBeat CA, a program of the California Department of Public Health, and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Goals:

  • Goal 1A: By 2023, decrease the prevalence of high blood pressure from 25 percent to 24 percent.
  • Goal 1B: By 2023, increase the percentage of adults diagnosed with hypertension that have controlled high blood pressure to 70 percent.
  • Goal 2: By 2023, decrease the prevalence of adults who are obese from 29 to 28 percent.
  • Goal 3: By 2023, decrease the percentage of adults who are current smokers from 7 to 5 percent.
  • Goal 4: By 2023, decrease the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes, in adults, from 10 to 9 ​percent.
HHC Membership: Interested in becoming a Healthy Hearts California member? For more information, please visit our Healthy Hearts California Memb​ership page and/or complete the Healthy Hearts California – New Member Registration

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