The Maine Cardiovascular Health Council (MCHC) began in 1978 as the Maine High Blood Pressure Council in response to rising awareness that elevated blood pressure was a major risk factor for heart disease. In 1989, to address additional risk factors, heart disease, and stroke the Council changed its name to the Maine Cardiovascular Health Council. Our mission is to promote cardiovascular health and we accomplish that through the work of our various committees ranging from policy, prevention, women's health and AMI community education. We provide hands-on training workshops and on-line resources for community cholesterol screening programs as well as training health care providers on blood pressure detection and management. MCHC represents a large network of health care professionals, public health professionals, and consumer groups as well as representation from appropriate departments in state government.