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Roadmap for State Program Planning: Resources

These reference materials are provided for further reading to enhance development or implementation of your heart disease and stroke prevention programs. Resources were developed by the CDC, the American Heart Association, or other private organizations and federal agencies.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

BRFSS User's Guide [PDF–1.69M]
A manual covering all aspects of BRFSS survey operations. It is fully navigable, and printable PDF version.

Community Health Worker's Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Sourcebook
Information and activities on heart disease and stroke and on the major risk factors for these diseases in adults.

Evaluation Framework
A framework designed to help states and partners understand CDC's goals for HDSP state program evaluation and the importance of using evaluation information for planning and program improvement.

Five-Part Webcast on Economic Evaluation
This webcast series is designed to help you understand the value of economic evaluation and how to incorporate these methods into your programs. The five-part webcast will assist you in choosing the appropriate economic analysis for your heart disease and stroke prevention program or policy.

Framework for Program Evaluation
A framework to guide public health professionals in their use of program evaluation.

HDSP Fact Sheets and At-a-Glance Reports
A list of fact sheets on heart disease, stroke and related risk factors.

Health Policy: Executive Summary [PDF–219K]
An overview of emerging needs for capacity building for policy and environmental change.

High Blood Pressure Facts
Facts about high blood pressure and suggestions for state health departments to promote activities that can be implemented in health care, work sites, communities, and schools.

Introduction to Program Evaluation for Public Health Programs: A Self-Study Guide
A "how to" guide for planning and implementing evaluation activities for state, local, and community managers and staff of public health programs to plan, design, implement, and use the results of comprehensive evaluations.

Law as a Tool for Preventing Chronic Diseases [PDF–64K]
A report on developing legal frameworks and expanding guidance on using legal tools for preventing and controlling chronic diseases.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
Current data and reports on chronic diseases and other items of interest to the public health community.

National Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program Orientation Manual [PDF-2MB]
An orientation guide to help states understand the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and the NHDSP program.

Policy and Environmental Indicators for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention: Data Sources in Two States
A report on policy and environmental indicators for heart disease and stroke prevention.

Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke
Targeted recommendations and action steps toward achievement of national goals to prevent heart disease and stroke.

Promoting Health Equity [PDF–6.3M]
A workbook for public health practitioners and partners interested in addressing social determinants of health.

States Funded by CDC HDSP
A list of states currently funded by the CDC Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention program. Click on a state to see its HDS burden document and state plan.

State Program Evaluation Guides: Developing and Using a Logic Model
A general overview of the development and use of logic models as planning and evaluation tools.

State Program Evaluation Guides: Developing an Evaluation Plan
A guide to help states develop an overall picture of evaluation activities, with templates and step-by-step processes for plan development.

State Program Evaluation Guides: Writing SMART Objectives
A guide to help states develop realistic and measurable objectives, with examples and exercises to work through the development of SMART objectives.

Strategic Partnering Conceptual Framework [PDF–271K]
A guide and flowchart depicting the process of forming and maintaining strategic partnerships in public health, from partner selection, to partnership building, and maintenance and evaluation.

Taking Action for Heart-healthy and Stroke-free States: A Communication Guide for Policy and Environmental Change
Technical how-to information, references, and examples of communication from state programs, including suggested starting points for interventions and communication strategies.


American Heart Association

Consumer and Patient Education Materials
Patient and consumer education brochures for at-risk patients and groups to promote healthy living and managing and preventing disease.

Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2009 Update
Up-to-date statistics on heart disease, stroke, and other vascular diseases and their risk factors presented in a report from the AHA Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Committee.


Private Organizations and Other Federal Agencies

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

Almanac of Chronic Disease
Report from the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) that provides comprehensive facts on the human and economic cost of chronic disease today and in the future.

American Evaluation Association (AEA)
An international professional association of evaluators, devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and other types of evaluation.

Basic Guide to Program Evaluation
Guidance on planning and implementing an evaluation process for nonprofit and profit programs.

Campbell-Kibler Associates, Inc.
Downloadable material on research and evaluation to increase gender and race equity in math, science and technology education.

Cardiovascular Health Partners Web Portal
Information available from cardiovascular health partners involved in strategic relationships to fight heart disease and stroke.

Center for Health Services Research and Policy
Information on improving access to quality, affordable health care, from George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Federal agency responsible for administering the Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, HIPAA, CLIA, and other health-related programs.

Community Planning Guide, Deciding Where We Want to Go
This guide was designed for planning tobacco control interventions, but it provides a process for determining priorities of possible interventions.

Module 1: Overview of Communities of Excellence in Tobacco Framework [PDF– 3.9M]
Module 2: Conducting a Communities of Excellence Needs Assessment [PDF–2.5M]
Module 3: Priority Populations Speak About Tobacco Control [PDF–1.6M]
Module 4: Developing a Tobacco Control Intervention and Evaluation Plan [PDF–1.4M]

Controlling High Blood Pressure—Legislator Policy Brief [PDF–1.4M]
A Healthy States Initiative paper to provide information about legislative information on high blood pressure.

Developing a Process—Evaluation Plan for Assessing Health Promotion Program Implementation
A comprehensive approach for developing a process-evaluation plan to assess the implementation of a targeted health promotion intervention. Subscription required.
http://hpp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/short/6/2/134/

Developing Plans and Proposals for New Initiatives
A continuing education publication presenting in-depth discussions of management strategies for improving health services, developed by Management Sciences for Health.

Evaluation Center
Information on advancing the theory and practice of program, personnel, and student/constituent evaluation, as applied primarily to education and human services, developed by Western Michigan University.

Evaluating, Monitoring and Process Outcomes
Promising Practices Network's web site on the relationship of process evaluation and outcome evaluation.

General Health Policy Resources
General health policy resources designed to help states achieve excellence in health policy and practice, developed by National Academy for State Health Policy.

Forming and Sustaining Successful Partnerships [PPT–119K]
PowerPoint presentation on forming and sustaining successful partnerships.

Grant Applications through Endowment for Health
Information about the grant application process, including tools and materials designed to help navigate through proposal development and grant management.

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services
Recommendations on preventive interventions such as screening tests, counseling, immunizations, and medication regimens for more than 80 conditions, including cardiovascular disease.

Guide to Community Preventive Services
General articles and commentaries about data collection, systematic reviews, and topics of interest on community preventive services.

Handbook for Mixed Methods Evaluation
Introduction to mixed method evaluations, qualitative methods and analytic techniques, and designing and reporting mixed method evaluations, from the National Science Foundation.

Handbook for Project Evaluation [PDF–3.7K]
Handbook on quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, from the National Science Foundation.

Health Insurance In Depth
A guide to state health insurance laws and insurance regulations.

Health Policy Legislation
A guide to researching health policy legislation, from Columbia University Social Work Library.

Innovations in Health Policy
Newsletters from the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation working toward high performance health systems. The newsletters identify innovative state programs across the country.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Not-for-profit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world.

National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
Not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
News releases, directories, and policy statements from more than 80 organizations collaborating to provide national leadership for those committed to building a heart healthy and stroke free society.

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide, Evaluation
A one-stop shop for widely-accepted and innovative nonprofit practices offering preferred practices and pitfalls, glossaries, resources, and trends, from the Johnson Center.

Process Evaluation
A description of process evaluation steps, adapted from the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati’s Evaluation Packet.

Research in the Social Marketing Process—Assessment
Description of process, outcome, and impact evaluation from Social Marketing.com.

Taking Stock: A Practical Guide to Evaluating Your Own Programs [PDF–322K]
A practical guide to program evaluation with a focus on internal evaluation to prepare program staff to design and carry out a program evaluation.

Urban Institute Health Policy Center
A source of information on healthcare coverage and use of the healthcare system.


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