In March 2014, the National Forum released the Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke: Ten-Year Update. The Ten-Year Update provides a framework for individuals, organizations, and agencies to collaboratively achieve national goals for preventing heart disease and stroke. With contributions from more than 100 public health leaders, the Ten-Year Update calls for: Striking a better balance in the nation’s financial investment in health by prioritizing prevention, transforming our public health agencies into champions of heart health policy and environmental changes, and developing upstream strategies that prevent the root causes of heart disease and stroke.
In addressing these challenges, the Ten-Year Update identifies seven action priorities that reflect the changing landscape – both new opportunities and remaining barriers.
The Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke charts a course for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and collaborating public health agencies, with all interested partners and the public at large, to help in promoting achievement of national goals for preventing heart disease and stroke through 2020 and beyond.
The National Forum was founded in 2003 to implement the Action Plan, which provides a comprehensive public health strategy and a framework to guide health practitioners and policymakers’ action in heart disease and stroke prevention.
The 2004 Update includes: 75 proposed action steps derived from the complete Action Plan; 22 priority action steps identified by the Working Group and presented to the National Forum for discussion in April 2004; and 8 concrete tasks selected as the principal focus of National Forum activities through April 2005. The National Forum and other partners then began to undertake the identified concrete tasks, as well as certain of the additional priority action steps in the 2004 Update.
In addition to a fresh printing of the Action Plan, this update includes several commentaries that represent diverse perspectives of the National Forum; restatement (with or without amendment) of the respective missions, guiding recommendations, proposed action steps and expected outcomes from each of the National Forum’s seven Implementation Groups; and the most recent available data corresponding to those presented in the original printing of the Action Plan.