On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association Wyoming partnered with Million Hearts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to host ‘Advancing Million Hearts: AHA and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Partners Working Together,’ in Wyoming in Casper, Wyoming.
The meeting was made up of key heart and stroke prevention stakeholders from across the Cowboy state, including SouthWest Affiliate Board Member, Dr. David Wheeler, Strategic Action Committee member, Melody Bowar and Debbie Hornor, Senior Vice President of Health Strategies at American Heart Association Southwest Affiliate. Other key stakeholders included representatives from Wyoming Medical Center, Johnson County Health, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Mountain-Pacific Quality Health and the Wyoming Department of Health.
The day-long meeting included presentations from Million Hearts, CDC, AHA, Mountain Pacific and the Department of Health; along with three break-out sessions centered on discussing tactics to decrease the number of deaths from heart disease and stroke in the state: Tobacco Cessation Tactics; Liking Communities to Clinical Services (Community Health Worker, Community Paramedicine); and Hypertension Control.
Stakeholders wrapped the meeting by discussing ways to continue discussions around preventative tactics on heart disease and stroke, which included quarterly calls among key stakeholders. The Advancing Million Hearts: AHA and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Partners Working Together in Wyoming meeting was made possible by a $6,000 grant funded by the CDC, awarded to the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association Wyoming.