February is American Heart Month!

February 11, 2016   |  Tags: Blog   |  Tags: Million Hearts , Training
Rebekah Bally

Did you know that Oregon has the 41st highest death rate from cardiovascular disease in the country? And that heart disease and stroke cause 25% of deaths in Oregon?

Fortunately, there are two federally-supported initiatives active in Oregon providing resources and support to improve cardiac care. Both are supporting practices in improving heart health indicators and the "ABCS" goals of the national Million Hearts© Initiative:

  • Aspirin use when appropriate
  • Blood pressure control
  • Cholesterol control
  • Smoking cessation counseling


Who: Acumentra Health

In partnership with: HealthInsight

Funded by: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Working with: Home Health Agencies, Physician Office Practices, Patients and their Families


  • Virtual and in-person learning and action network meetings and discussions

  • Resources and technical assistance
  • Assistance with analysis of data and performance improvement
  • Consulting services to identify process and system improvements

Website: http://healthinsight.org/cardiovascular-health


Who: Oregon Rural Practice-Based Research Network (ORPRN)

In partnership with: MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation (Group Health Research Institute) & Qualis Health

Funded by: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Working with: Small- and medium-sized practices

Providing: 15 months of practice support.

  • Technical assistance for health information technology
  • Coaching in quality improvement
  • Chances to participate in site visits to build quality improvement competencies and/or receive instruction on the use of a cardiovascular risk calculator

Website: https://www.ohsu.edu/xd/outreach/oregon-rural-practice-based-research-network/h2n-recruitment.cfm; http://healthyheartsnw.org/


Additionally, the Oregon Public Health Division, as part of its Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention work, is supporting the Million Hearts© initiative with specific focus on

  • Tobacco-free environments and helping smokers quit (S)
  • Improved access to quality care (A)
  • Healthy worksites (B,C,S)
  • Environments with limited access to sodium and trans fats (B,C). (Oregon Public Health Division, 2012)

Additional resources:

Million Hearts© Initiative

American Heart Association

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Go Red for Women

Rebekah Bally, MPH, CPH joined the Q-Corp team as the Facilitation & Improvement Specialist in 2015 to work on the Million Hearts campaign as well as to support Q-Corp programs like PCPCI. Her passion is bridging the clinical and population health perspectives through meaningful partnerships and learning opportunities. Rebekah grew her love for this work through her involvement in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School where she was able to simultaneously develop skills in both clinical quality improvement and community organizing. She is also a newly appointed leadership team member for the 100 Million Healthier Lives Campaign, a global initiative addressing health and inequity at various levels. Rebekah earned her public health masters in health management and policy from Portland State University in Oregon and enjoys playing Frisbee with her dog, exploring the Pacific Northwest and embarking on copious hiking and camping trips in her spare time.