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Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Strategic Framework

dianagosalvez Diana Gosálvez Prados last modified 9/11/2012 14:38

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administers a large number of federal programs directed toward the prevention and management of chronic conditions. HHS also must provide leadership in improving health outcomes in individuals with MCC. To identify HHS options for improving the health of this population, the Assistant Secretary for Health convened a departmental workgroup on individuals with MCC with participation by nearly all HHS operating divisions. As a result, the workgroup developed a strategic framework containing a vision statement, goals, objectives, and discrete strategies to guide the department in coordinating its efforts internally and collaborating with stakeholders externally. The framework is designed to address the spectrum of all population groups with MCC.

Multiple Chronic Conditions—A Strategic Framework: Optimum Health and Quality of Life for Individuals with Multiple Chronic Conditions. Washington, DC.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010. Available at: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/mcc/mcc_framework.pdf



More than one in four Americans have multiple (two or more) concurrent chronic conditions (MCC),1 including, for example, arthritis, asthma, chronic respiratory conditions, diabetes, heart disease, human immunodeficiency virus infection, and hypertension. Chronic illnesses are “conditions that last a year or more and require ongoing medical attention and/or limit activities of daily living.”2 In addition to comprising physical medical conditions, chronic conditions also include problems such as substance use and addiction disorders, mental illnesses, dementia and other cognitive impairment disorders, and developmental disabilities.

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