Case Studies

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention / Million Hearts®

Create and implement comprehensive outreach strategies for CDC DHDSP heart disease and stroke prevention programs and HHS’s Million Hearts® Initiative

Million Hearts® “Tips for Taking Blood Pressure Medicines As Directed” Video

Million Hearts® Animated GIF

Million Hearts® “What’s Your Heart Age?” Video

Million Hearts® Social Media Diabetes and Heart Disease Infocard


Million Hearts® “¿Qué edad tiene su corazón?” Video

Million Hearts® Social Media #HeartToHeart Infocard

DHDSP Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program Materials


Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Million Hearts® initiative is co-led by CDC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and is under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Plan, conduct, and evaluate strategic outreach activities to maintain and increase momentum of the Million Hearts® initiative, and support DHDSP’s heart disease and stroke prevention programs.

Palladian Approach

Palladian Partners, Inc., supported the launch of Million Hearts® in 2011 and has continued to provide broad strategic communications support for DHDSP and the Million Hearts® initiative. Our work spans multiple CDC heart disease and stroke prevention programs and demonstrates our team’s ability to influence health behaviors through cohesive, evidence-based communication strategies. We have helped CDC and its federal and private partners save lives through innovative and engaging products, materials, and messages.

Our campaign and outreach support has led to new and stronger collaborations and helped solidify Million Hearts® as a national leader in heart disease and stroke prevention. By creating communication strategies, goals, and plans, Palladian has helped optimize the reach of CDC communicators and experts. We’ve supported:

  • Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge and Champions
  • CDC Vital Signs
  • CDC Public Health Grand Rounds
  • 100 Congregations for Million Hearts®
  • The Healthy is Strong program for African American men at risk for cardiovascular disease
  • The Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program
  • WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation)
  • The Sodium Reduction in Communities Program
  • Finding Undiagnosed Hypertension Hiding in Plain Sight
  • The Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Resource Center


Our achievements include nearly 70,000 Facebook fans and more than 24,000 Twitter followers; interactions with more than 100 health systems, providers, and grantees across the nation; several original animated videos; a successful radio media tour; monthly podcasts; paid advertising campaigns; information architecture and website redesigns; interactive tools and resources; and health provider materials like action guides and treatment protocols.


  • Materials and publications development
  • Media planning, outreach, and monitoring
  • Message development
  • Strategic communication planning
  • Website content and multimedia strategy
  • Brand management
  • Social media account management
  • Editorial support and planning
  • Website development
  • Video editing and animation

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