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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.
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Illinois Department of Public Health, Center for Minority Health Services
Health Equity Council
What is a Health Disparity?
A particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographical location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
What is Cultural Competence?
The ability to understand, appreciate, and interact with people from cultures and/or belief systems other than one's own.
Why is Health Equity Important?
All Illinoisans deserve to live long, healthy lives, free of modifiable differences in health status and outcomes.
Health inequities affect everyone. Disparities in health status exist between many population groups, with the greatest disparities found between people of different racial or ethnic groups, and between people of different socioeconomic statuses. Significant racial/ethnic and income disparities are observed when examining the rates of illnesses and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, lung and breast cancer, and infant mortality. Interventions to reduce health inequities can improve the health of all communities.
Health Equity Council
The mission of IDPH’s Health Equity Council (HEC) is to support a work culture within the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) that promotes health equity and works to eliminate health disparities through increased coordination with leadership, programs, and strategic partnerships.
The HEC is comprised of volunteer members from across IDPH who have an interest in advancing health equity. Members assist by providing ongoing support and technical assistance in order to increase the cultural competence of IDPH staff and programs with the goal of reducing health disparities across Illinois.