In 2023, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) was awarded a five-year cooperative agreement (July 2023 through June 2028) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “National Cardiovascular Health Program" (CDC-RFA-DP-23-0004), known in California as “HeartBeatCA".
The purpose of HeartBeatCA is to support public health efforts in chronic disease prevention and management activities to improve the health and quality of life for Californian's diagnosed with cardiovascular disease (CVD), hypertension (HTN), and high blood cholesterol (HBC).
HeartBeatCA integrates and implements health equity solutions to address the needs of priority populations that are disproportionately underserved, uninsured, and underinsured with or at risk of HTN and HBC. Priority populations are adults 18 years and older with particular focus on census tract levels with high CVD prevalence rates, and include African American, Asian American/Pacific Islanders, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic communities.
HeartBeatCA collaborates with other state agencies, learning collaboratives, local health departments, health systems, and partners, focusing on health equity and social determinants of health (SDOH), which will result in better health outcomes. Through accessing community resources and fostering sustainability through working with partners across the state, HeartBeatCA efforts reduce disparities in blood pressure control and high blood cholesterol and increase the use of social services supports among populations at highest risk of cardiovascular disease.
HeartBeatCA's three key strategies include:
- Track and monitor clinical measures shown to improve health and wellness as well as health care quality and identify patients with HTN and HBC.
- Implement team-based care to prevent, detect, control, and manage HTN and HBC.
- Link community resources and clinical services that support comprehensive bidirectional referral and follow-up systems aimed at mitigating social services and support barriers for optimal health outcomes.
HeartBeatCA collaborates with local partners including Monterey County, Touro University, and Northridge Dignity Health. In addition, statewide HeartBeatCA partners and stakeholders include the American Heart Association and the Healthy Hearts California alliance. Together we focus on health equity and the social determinants of health and assess, monitor, and analyze innovative interventions that focus on reducing health disparities among priority populations.