The Office of Health Information and Improvement (OHII) works with stakeholders across Philadelphia to foster collaborative efforts to curb and prevent hypertension, diabetes and other chronic diseases, and to collect and share data that provides a comprehensive picture of Philadelphia’s health. OHII also supports the work of the Department of Public Health and its partners in reducing preventable diseases and health disparities.
Find out where you can get free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, body mass index and nutrition.
OHII is the center of activity for clinical initiatives related to the Centers for Disease Control 1422 grant for State and Local Public Health Actions to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke (SLPHA)..These include:
- Partnering with FQHCs and health system-affiliated practices to sponsor learning collaboratives aimed at improving care for chronic illness and preventing diabetes and hypertension.
- Working with pharmacists to assure optimal integration of pharmacist expertise into patient care and monitoring.
- Supporting the use of community health workers for improved patient outreach and assistance.
- Encouraging provider initiatives that promote patient engagement in self-management of chronic conditions.
- Collaborating with multiple partners to speed health information technology innovations that result in better patient care.
- Providing information to the public on free health screenings to help individuals “know their numbers”
In addition, OHII assists the Division of Disease Control in strengthening adult immunization and other preventive programs throughout the city. Find out more.
Million Hearts™ is a national initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over five years. As part of the initiative, OHII works with partners across the city to reduce heart attacks and strokes by at least 5000 over the five years.
Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for one of every three deaths in the country. In Philadelphia, heart disease and stroke are the 1st and 3rd leading causes of death. In the last five years, approximately 23,000 Philadelphians have died of these diseases.
The Million Hearts™ initiative was launched in September 2011 by the Department of Health and Human Services and co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The initiative brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.
- Improve access to effective care.
- Improve knowledge about the "ABCS" (Aspirin for people at risk, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management and Smoking cessation)—four steps to address the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and help to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
- Focus clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke.
- Empower people to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.
- Improve the prescription and adherence to appropriate medications for the ABCS.
Preventing one million heart attacks and strokes over five years will require the work and commitment to change from all of us. Each of us can take steps to ensure we reach this goal. Be one in a Million Hearts™ by pledging to get involved and see how your actions can make a positive difference.
For more information on how Philadelphia is participating in the Million Hearts™ initiative, contact Claudia Siegel at 215-686-5193 or email.
- Strategies to Reduce the Prevalence of Leading Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association
- The Million Hearts™ Initiative—Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes
(New England Journal of Medicine)