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Long-term heart health initiative pays off in Maine

The value of sustained initiatives targeting population health appears borne out by a dip in hospitalization and mortality rates associated with a communitywide cardiovascular disease prevention program in Maine. The program is a cooperative project of local community groups and staff at Franklin Memorial Hospital, in Farmington, Maine, to help residents of Franklin County, a rural, low-income area with more than 22,000 residents in 1970. They started out in 1974 seeking to address hypertension and later expanded their reach to cholesterol, smoking, diet and physical activity....Read More


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