Requirements

Applicants must address:

  • Three of the four priority areas
  • A minimum of one strategy in each selected priority area, but are encouraged to target as many strategies as is appropriate for their institution

For each strategy selected, applicants must indicate their phase of implementation:

  • Committing to implement (not yet begun, but can demonstrate plans to do so)
  • Are currently implementing (have begun to address a given strategy, but do not yet have results)
  • Have achieved outcomes/results (have outcomes resulting from addressing a given strategy)

The application is summarized in the grid below. Recommended attestation and data submissions for those achieving results are outlined for each strategy within the application. However, if a hospital or health system has another method by which it has documented and tracked success/outcomes, they can submit those for consideration.

Priority Area 1:

Keeping People Healthy

For each strategy, applicants will need to indicate their current phase of implementation:

  • Committing
  • Implementing
  • Achieving

Strategies

Food service guidelines

Employee benefit design

Air quality policies

Physical activity programs

Strategies

Referral to cardiac rehabilitation programs

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Blood pressure control

Initiation of cardiac rehabilitation

Cholesterol management

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Aspirin use

Smoking cessation

Priority Area 2:

Optimizing Care

For each strategy, applicants will need to indicate their current phase of implementation:

  • Committing
  • Implementing
  • Achieving

Priority Area 3:

Improving Outcomes for Priority Populations

For each strategy, applicants will need to indicate their current phase of implementation:

  • Committing
  • Implementing
  • Achieving

Strategies

Blacks/African-Americans with hypertension

People with mental and/or substance use disorders who use tobacco

35-64 year olds

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Other priority population

People who have had a heart attack or stroke

Strategies

Describe Innovations

Priority Area 4:

Innovating for Health

For each strategy, applicants will need to indicate their current phase of implementation:

  • Committing
  • Implementing
  • Achieving

Those that are able to demonstrate they have achieved successful outcomes for a given strategy may become the focus of promotional activities (e.g., e-newsletter, website, press announcements).

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