About improving health outcomes

Person monitoring blood pressure

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

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.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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




American Diabetes Association, the CDC and the Ad Council

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.


YMCA of the USA

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.  





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


American Heart Association

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.


Million Hearts®

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 within 5 years.



Act rapidly


Measure accurately

Partner with patients

Self-measured blood pressure (SMBP)

Lifestyle medicine training CME

Interactive learning from American College of Lifestyle Medicine focused on preventing and treating chronic disease.