Minority Health

Love to Love your Heart

A Million Hearts Faith-Based Initiative

By the Illinois Department of Public Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Each year more than 1.5 million Americans suffer from heart attack and stroke, and more than 80,000 of them die. Heart disease or stroke is responsible for 1 in every 3 deaths in Illinois. Heart disease is also a leading contributor of racial disparities in life expectancies.

The Love to Love Your Heart is an initiative of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Center for Minority Health Services in partnership with faith-based communities. The goal of the Love to Love Your Heart initiative is to prevent heart attacks and stroke through education; awareness trainings regarding cardiovascular risk factors including focus on high blood pressure; and promotion of nutrition and healthy activities to support heart health.

Is your faith-based community interested in learning more or ready to get started?

Contact Gina Rives at 217-785-4311, or email DPH.cmhs.info@illinois.gov.

Illinois Department of Public Health, Center for Minority Health Services

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The Center for Minority Health Services was created by statute as a vehicle for implementing change. It is designed to assess the health concerns of minority populations in Illinois and to assist in the creation and maintenance of culturally sensitive programs. To achieve this goal the Center works within the Department  of Public Health and with other relevant state and local entities to heighten awareness of minority health issues and services across the state.

Mission:  To improve the health and well being  of Illinois’ racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and culturally linguistically appropriate programs that will eliminate health disparities.

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