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Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Our Vision

To create a heart-healthy and stroke-free world.

Our Values

  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Respect
  • Service

Our Work

CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention works to improve cardiovascular health through public health strategies and policies that promote

  • Healthy lifestyles and behaviors.
  • Health environments and communities.
  • Access to early and affordable detection and treatment.

With Fiscal Year 2011 appropriations of $55.3 million for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and $20.7 million for the WISEWOMAN program, CDC employs science, connections, and action to prevent, detect, and improve standards of care for heart disease and stroke and to reduce associated health disparities.

Funded Programs

  • State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health
    The State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health (State Public Health Actions) grant is a multifaceted initiative to improve health for all Americans through coordinated chronic disease prevention programs. The State Public Health Actions grant funds statewide initiatives to prevent, manage, and reduce the risk factors associated with chronic diseases—including childhood and adult obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
  • Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program
    CDC funds state health departments to set up surveillance systems that measure, track, and provide data to improve the delivery and quality of stroke care among acute stroke patients. The goal of the Coverdell Program is to ensure that all Americans receive the highest quality of acute stroke care available to reduce untimely deaths, prevent disability, and avoid recurrent strokes.
    CDC funds states and tribal organizations to offer WISEWOMAN programs in local clinics and public health departments. WISEWOMAN is a prevention program that provides risk factor screenings, lifestyle interventions, and referrals to uninsured and underinsured, 40- to 64-year-old women, to help reduce their risk for heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases. Through tailored programs, WISEWOMAN provides women with education, skills, and resources to quit smoking and improve their diet, physical activity, and other lifestyle behaviors.
  • Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES)
    Every minute counts during an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). When an OHCA occurs, emergency medical services (EMS) providers usually are the first to respond. To help EMS providers improve their performance in these situations and save more lives, CDC created the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) in collaboration with Emory University and the American Heart Association.
  • Sodium Reduction in Communities Program (SRCP)
    In 2013, CDC awarded funds to support 10 communities (two state coordinated programs and 5 large municipalities) to decrease sodium consumption in the population. The program aims to increase access to and accessibility of lower sodium food options, to reduce sodium intake, and to continue to build practice-based evidence around effective population-based strategies to reduce sodium consumption at the community level.

Core Functions

To prevent heart disease and stroke, and eliminate health disparities, CDC provides to state health departments, tribes, and other partners

  • Funding
  • Technical support
  • Resources


  • CDC engages in applied research to support evidence-based practice.
  • Through our research, science translation, and resource development, CDC helps state and national health agencies implement public health strategies to address the burden of heart disease and stroke.


  • CDC tracks trends in cardiovascular risk factors and diseases, and documents differences in their distribution by age, gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geographic location.
  • CDC shares these findings with our many partners and collaborates in applying public health strategies to improve cardiovascular health.


  • CDC evaluates programs, policies, and interventions to ensure they are working as planned and producing the intended results.


  • CDC partnerships with government agencies, states, and public and private organizations allow us to maximize collective resources.

Resource Management

  • CDC promotes integrity and accountability in all administrative transactions.
  • CDC works to ensure recruitment, retention, and training policies sustain a highly skilled and diverse workforce.

Organizational Chart

DHDSP Organizational Chart. At the top is the Office of the Director, which includes the Deputy Director and the administrative office. Below that is the Strategic Planning, Partnerships, and External Relations group, which includes the Global Health Coordinator, the Planning, Partnerships, and Policy Team, and the Health Communications and Program Information Team. Also below the Office of the Director is the Senior Advisor to the Division Director, the WISEWOMAN team, and the Associate Director for Science. Below these positions are the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, which includes the Statistical Unit, the Epidemiology and Surveillance Team, the Small Area Analysis Team, and the Health Services Research and Registries Team. Next to that is Applied Research and Evaluation Branch, which includes the Applied Research and Translation Team, and the Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Team. Next to that is the Program Development and Services Branch, which includes the Program Services Team.