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In response to added burdens on hospitals as the result of COVID-19, the TAKEheart Team is temporarily postponing regularly scheduled activities. Learn more about the alternate ways that TAKEheart is working to support hospitals during this time.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The three-year TAKEheart initiative to increase utilization of cardiac rehabilitation is funded and overseen by AHRQ as part of its continuing efforts to promote the delivery of evidence-based care.

AHRQ TAKEheart Team members:

Dina Moss, MPA
Co-Lead, AHRQ TAKEheart Initiative
Senior Social Science Analyst
AHRQ Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement

Michael I. Harrison, PhD
Co-Lead, AHRQ TAKEheart Initiative
Senior Social Scientist, Organizations & Systems
AHRQ Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement

Gail Makulowich
Health Communications Specialist
AHRQ Office of Communications

Million Hearts®

A partner initiative, Million Hearts® is co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2022. TAKEheart applies strategies from the Million Hearts®/AACVPR Cardiac Rehabilitation Change Package, a quality improvement action guide developed by the CDC and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

TAKEheart Technical Expert Panel

The TAKEheart technical expert panel provides guidance on the initiative’s technical approach, promotes hospital recruitment and awareness building, offers input on evaluation activities, and reviews dissemination materials.

Members:

Kathleen Hewitt, DNP, RN, CPHQ, AACC
Kathleen Hewitt, DNP, RN, CPHQ, AACC

Director of the ASH Research Collaborative Data Hub
American College of Hematology

Cara Lewis, PhD, HSPP
Cara Lewis, PhD, HSPP

Associate Investigator
Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Karen Lui, RN, MS, MAACVPR
Karen Lui, RN, MS, MAACVPR

Legislative/Regulatory Analyst
GRQ Consulting

Amy Miller, MD, PhD
Amy Miller, MD, PhD

Chief Medical Information Officer of Inpatient Clinical Services
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Ana Mola, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, MAACVPR
Ana Mola, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, MAACVPR

President
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Director of Care Transitions and Population Health Management
New York University Medical Center

Susan Rogers
Susan Rogers

National Director of Quality Campaigns
American College of Cardiology Quality Campaigns

Tara Bristol Rouse, MA
Tara Bristol Rouse, MA

Patient and Family Engagement Project Consultant

Colandra Tibbs, MPH
Colandra Tibbs, MPH

Chief Operating Officer
WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease

Kathleen (Kate) Traynor, RN, MS, FAACVPR
Kathleen (Kate) Traynor, RN, MS, FAACVPR

Director of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
Massachusetts General Hospital

Hilary Wall, MPH
Hilary Wall, MPH

Senior Health Scientist/Million Hearts® Science Lead
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Contract Team

TAKEheart is being developed and run by Abt Associates under contract to AHRQ. The Abt team is led by Cynthia Klein, PhD. and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Principal Investigator, Hicham Skali, MD. TAKEheart also includes partnerships with the American Hospital Association Health Research and Education Trust and Crosby Marketing Communications.