CDC National Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
In 1998, the U.S. Congress provided funding for CDC to initiate a national, state-based heart disease and stroke prevention program with funding for eight states. Currently, 41 states and the District of Columbia are funded, 28 as capacity building programs and 14 as basic implementation programs (see highlighted map below).
- Facilitate collaboration among public and private sector partners.
- Define the burden of heart disease and stroke and assess existing population-based strategies for primary and secondary prevention of heart disease and stroke within the state.
- Develop and update a comprehensive state plan for heart disease and stroke prevention with emphasis on heart-healthy policies development, physical and social environmental change, and disparities elimination (e.g., based on geography, gender, race or ethnicity, or socioeconomic status).
- Identify culturally appropriate approaches to promote heart disease and stroke prevention among racial, ethnic, and other priority populations.
- Use population-based public health strategies to increase public awareness of the heart disease and stroke urgency, the signs and symptoms of heart disease and stroke, and the need to call 9–1–1. Increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke.
- Enhance all capacity–building program activities.
- Implement and evaluate policy, environmental, and educational interventions in health care sites, work sites, and communities.
- Provide training and technical assistance to public health and health care professionals and partners to support primary and secondary heart disease and stroke prevention.
District of Columbia