Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program

Through the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program, CDC provides funding and support to state health departments to track and measure acute stroke care and improve the quality of care. From 2005 to 2015, more than 620,000 Americans benefitted from hospital participation in the Coverdell program.

CDC currently funds nine states through the Coverdell program.

Vital Signs

Vital Signs: Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks and Strokes
Heart attacks and strokes have enormous health and financial consequences on our families, workplaces, and communities—yet these events are largely preventable. This CDC Vital Signs report shows that progress in reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease has stalled and, alarmingly, many of these events happen to adults ages 35-64—an age group many would not consider to be at risk. Read the report to learn how everyone can help reduce heart attacks and strokes among middle-aged adults.

Featured Spotlight

Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program celebrating 15 years of stroke care.

Happy Anniversary to the Coverdell Program!

This year marks the 15th anniversary of CDC’s Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program! The program was created to track and measure stroke care and improve the quality of care patients receive. Although the program has grown and expanded over the years, its core mission has remained the same: to ensure that all Americans receive the highest quality care for stroke and to reduce the premature deaths and disabilities caused by stroke.

Join us in celebrating this milestone anniversary by learning more about the history of the program, its currently funded states, and why your organization should partner with us!

Evaluation Summary

Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program 2012–2015 Evaluation Summary

In 2012, CDC funded 11 state health departments through 3-year cooperative agreements to improve stroke care.  This report provides a summary of the national evaluation of the 2012-2015 Coverdell Program as well as Case Study Evaluation State Summaries. This information may be useful to Coverdell-funded states, as well as states that aren’t funded by Coverdell but are interested in adopting successful strategies of the Coverdell Program.

Face. Arms. Speech. Time to call 9-1-1.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. Read these survivor stories to learn more about stroke, including how you may be at risk, how to recognize stroke, and what to do if stroke happens.

Read the survivor stories stories.

Program Resources

Adrian Cushenberry, stroke survivor.

In observance of National Stroke Awareness Month this May, the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is spotlighting stroke survivors and the importance of stroke awareness. Visit our new Survivor Stories webpage to learn more about stroke and how it can happen to anyone, even fitness enthusiasts and new moms.

Coverdell Program Summary Report: 2007-2012

This report pdf icon[PDF – 651 KB] provides a summary of the programmatic strategies and activities used by grantees during the 2007-2012 funding period. States and public health departments can use the information to help improve stroke care and access to care in their areas.

World Stroke Day infocard.

The Stroke Communications Kit includes social media messages and shareable graphics you can use to help your audiences understand the basics of stroke, including signs and symptoms, the importance of a F.A.S.T. response during a stroke, and treatment. Help DHDSP spread awareness by sharing these resources on your social media pages.

Coverdell Strategies From the Field

Each Coverdell-funded state has identified unique ways to meet the goals and objectives of the Coverdell program. This document pdf icon[PDF – 606 KB] outlines creative approaches developed by states and highlights lessons learned. These strategies from the field are intended to illustrate the ways in which Coverdell states are addressing stroke care. The information can be used by Coverdell-funded states as well as states that are not funded by Coverdell but are interested in implementing a stroke registry.