Miriam Patanian, MPH

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

Miriam Patanian is currently a senior public health consultant with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, where she leads health systems initiatives addressing hypertension, Million Hearts®, and cardiovascular health. Prior to working as a consultant, Miriam served as Director of the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program at the Washington State Department of Health. During this time, she built the program by conducting quality improvement initiatives in health systems, collaborating with partners to build a strong emergency medical service system to address heart disease and stroke, overseeing the Northwest Regional Stroke Network—a collaboration with Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon—and conducting the Washington Adult Health Survey—a state-based health and nutrition examination survey. She began her public health career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Cardiovascular Health Branch (prior to its becoming the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention), where she helped to develop the Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke.