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Healthy Hearts California

Vision: Healthy Hearts for all Californians.

Mission: Reduce the risk and prevalence of heart disease and stroke among all Californians.

In 2014 alone, almost 58,000 Californians died of heart disease, and more than 13,500 died of stroke. Together, through collaborative and collective action, Healthy Hearts California (HHC) can be a driving force behind reducing the risk and prevalence of heart disease and stroke in our state.

HHC was created specifically to coordinate statewide heart disease control and prevention efforts, decrease silos to increase efficiency and effectiveness, and address factors that contribute to heart disease and stroke and eliminate health disparities. The HHC goals align with Let's Get Healthy California; The California Wellness Plan; the Million Hearts Initiative; and the American Heart Association's Target: Blood Pressure Initiative. These plans are designed to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke in California, and provide guidance to individuals and organizations spanning a wide range of health and social disciplines that play a role in reducing the risk and prevalence of heart disease and stroke among all Californians.

Representatives from a variety of organizations and constituencies working in heart disease and stroke prevention and control, include: state and local governments; private and nonprofit organizations; health, medical, and business communities, academic institutions; researchers; survivors; caregivers and advocates.

HHC is administered by California's Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program, a program of the California Department of Public Health, and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


  • Goal 1A: By 2020, decrease the prevalence of high blood pressure from 26 percent to 23 percent.
  • Goal 1B: By 2022, increase the percentage of adults diagnosed with hypertension that have controlled high blood pressure to 70 percent.
  • Goal 2: By 2022, decrease the prevalence of adults who are obese from 24 to 11 percent.
  • Goal 3: By 2022, decrease the percentage of adults who are current smokers from 11.7 to 9 percent.
  • Goal 4: By 2020, decrease the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes, in adults, from 9 to 8 percent.
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