The Healthy Hearts project is part of the We Choose Health Initiative in Illinois.

We Choose Health is supported by a $25 million Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The funding, $5 million per year over five years (2016), was awarded after a highly competitive national application process.

Created by the Affordable Care Act, the Community Transformation Grant (CTG) program supports states and communities that tackle the root causes of poor health so Americans can lead healthier, more productive lives. By promoting healthy lifestyles, especially among population groups experiencing the highest rates of chronic disease, these grants will help improve health, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending.

To improve health in communities, it is important that clinicians are aware of the health of the whole community to effectively treat the individual patient. This project will integrate the use of electronic medical records and population health data to get a full picture of the health in communities. The Department of Public Health is working with federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to implement a quality improvement dashboard tool that enables clinicians and patients can work together to better treat and manage hypertension, cholesterol, smoking cessation, and other risk factors.

Healthy Hearts is using open source software developed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC): popHealth. This software is housed at the Public Health Node, and uses electronic health record information to create data dashboards. Dashboards will report each provider's use of best practice guidelines to identify and treat cardiovascular disease.

In addition, community level data will be used by local health departments to improve community services related to cardiovascular disease.

Key project goals are:

Preventive Clinical Goals:

Community Goals: