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The AMA is collaborating to create health care that helps people live longer, healthier lives.

How is the AMA tackling chronic disease?

In collaboration with some of the nation's most influential health care leaders and organizations, the AMA aims to help prevent 2 of the nation's most common chronic diseases: type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Type 2 diabetes and heart disease hurt the nation's health and economy, because they both:

  • Affect millions of patients across the country
  • Cost the U.S. economy almost $545 billion a year

Why is the AMA focused on type 2 diabetes and heart disease?

The AMA is in a unique position to bring together physicians in all practice settings and specialties with patients, communities and public and private sector organizations to develop new approaches to prevent progression of prediabetes to type 2 diabetes and to achieve better control of high blood pressure, which will improve health outcomes and ultimately the health of the nation.

Frank Clark, MD, chair of the Minority Affairs Section (MAS) reflects on being an advocate for change and the importance of diversity in the physician workforce to improve health outcomes.

To prevent type 2 diabetes the AMA is collaborating with:

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a multiyear initiative called Prevent Diabetes STATScreen, Test, Act – Today™.

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The American Diabetes Association, the CDC and the Ad Council—encouraging physicians to identify and refer patients with prediabetes to evidence-based CDC-recognized national diabetes prevention programs that can help them avoid progressing to type 2 diabetes.

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The YMCA of the USA to help increase the number of people enrolled in the YMCA's evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program recognized by the CDC.

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AmeriCares to increase availability of diabetes prevention programs in free and charitable clinics that serve patients with limited access to health care services.

To prevent heart disease the AMA is collaborating with:

 

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The American Heart Association through a multiyear initiative called Target: BP aimed at reducing the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging physician practices, health systems and patients to prioritize blood pressure control.

Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization to support ambulatory care practices in efforts to improve the control of high blood pressure.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts® initiative, for which the primary objective is to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

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