November 15, 2019
Honor recognizes college’s leadership in preventing heart disease and stroke

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention honored The Ohio State University College of Nursing with the 2019 Heart Healthy Stroke Free award to recognize the college’s exceptional leadership and collaboration to carry out the national Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke.

The College of Nursing received this award at The National Forum’s 2019 annual meeting, Catalyst for Collaboration, on October 30 in Washington D.C. The meeting convened 100 thought leaders from more than 60 public, private and nonprofit organizations. Each year at the annual meeting, the National Forum recognizes individuals and organizations who have made exceptional contributions to heart disease and stroke prevention.

“Our college is deeply committed to preventing heart attacks and strokes at Ohio State, in our community and state, and throughout the nation,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “The partnership that we now have with more than 170 organizations, including universities, public health departments and community agencies who are using our free online Million Hearts® modules, has resulted in over 75,000 people across the U.S. being screened and educated on evidence-based strategies to prevent cardiovascular disease.”

The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention focuses on implementing  strategies to prevent heart disease and stroke with a goal to eliminate cardiovascular health disparities and achieve health equity. The organization strives to lead and encourage collaborative action among stakeholders committed to heart disease and stroke prevention.

Ohio State and the National Forum recently partnered with the Ohio Mayors Alliance to champion heart health at the Buckeyes’ football game against Maryland on November 9 at Ohio Stadium. The effort included information sharing in the game program, on the scoreboard and on a new website supported by the Office of the Chief Wellness Officer with facts and resources to help people live healthier lives.

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The National Interprofessional Education and Practice Consortium to Advance Million Hearts® is growing and making an impact. A Million Hearts educational module constructed by The Ohio State University Colleges of Nursing, Medicine and Pharmacy is free and online to assist with education and implementation of the Department of Health and Human Services Million Hearts initiative. The Million Hearts educational module was designed for interdisciplinary teamwork by healthcare professionals and healthcare professionals’ students. More than 55 colleges and nearly 1,000 individuals across the country have accessed and are using the educational module, with over 6,000 Americans already screened or educated about the "ABCs" of the Million Hearts initiative. The goals of the educational module are to educate healthcare professional students and healthcare professionals on the Million Hearts initiative, increase Million Hearts screenings, education nationwide and improve population cardiovascular health. Join the National Interprofessional Education and Practice Consortium to Advance Million Hearts and prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017: millionhearts.osu.edu.