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”
The “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.