Interventional Population Research


Minnesota Heart Health Program

The Minnesota Heart Health Program (MHHP) has a 35 year tradition of creating community-based cardiovascular population health initiatives designed to improve Minnesota and national health. Its newest initiative, “Ask About Aspirin”, was introduced by MHHP in 2012, in support of the State of Minnesota Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Plan, and informed by the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendations, to lower the number of first heart attacks and strokes in Minnesota by promoting the appropriate use of low dose aspirin. This initiative is also designed to achieve the Triple Aim: To sustain individual health, to promote community health, and to lower the economic burden of preventable cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of death in Minnesota.

“Ask About Aspirin”
Ask about aspirin graphicThe “Ask About Aspirin” initiative was created by the faculty of the vascular medicine program and the Lillehei Heart Institute at the University of Minnesota Medical School, in partnership with the School of Public Health. Primary care practice change is achieved in collaboration with faculty of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and community allies. The Minnesota Heart Health Program is an official partner of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Million Hearts initiative.

Scientific support and advocacy for this initiative is provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Medical Association, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, Minnesota Community Measurement, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, national American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology (Minnesota Chapter), and other key stakeholder health advocacy organizations.

Project PAD

The section has provided leadership in defining the population burden of PAD and in promoting improved clinical care standards. Nevertheless, major preventive and therapeutic care gaps persist. 

Collaborative Effort
Project PAD was created to fulfill the Section’s mission to promote vascular population health. In response to the rising unmet PAD needs our communities and health systems, section faculty have convened a regional advisory board consisting of patients, vascular specialists and primary care physicians, the Minnesota Department of Health, non-profit health advocacy organizations, professional associations, and industry representatives. This state stakeholder group has unanimously agreed to work together to improve community awareness of this most common, dangerous, and life-threatening cardiovascular disease.

Public awareness and health professional education initiatives
Project PAD is dedicated to improve PAD awareness, detection, and treatment by offering both public awareness messages and health professional educational initiatives. Project PAD’s goal is to save lives and limbs through a comprehensive public health and clinical care strategy that will be initially disseminated in Minnesota, and then scalable to the rest of the nation. In 2016, the project will provide the very first state-based dissemination of the new ACCF-AHA PAD clinical care guideline, in collaboration with the American College of Cardiology, Minnesota Chapter. With philanthropic seed funding and industry grants, Project PAD is at a pivotal point to promote the evaluation of all “at-risk” individuals per national PAD guidelines and to assure that every health system proactively detects and treats PAD.

If you believe that community health should be improved (must be improved) via a focus on PAD, then consider your contribution to his important “first ever” state endeavor!