About Us

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

With $165 million for heart disease and stroke programs (including WISEWOMAN) in Fiscal Year 2018, CDC supports all 50 states and the District of Columbia to conduct heart disease and stroke prevention efforts.

Million Hearts® 2022 is a national initiative co-led by CDC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in 5 years. The initiative focuses partner actions on a small set of priorities selected for their impact on heart disease, stroke, and related conditions. You can learn more on the Million Hearts® Web site and Million Hearts® At-A-Glance [PDF – 178 KB].

Funded Programs

  • 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.

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.

DHDSP One-Pager

DHDSP’s mission is to provide national leadership, public health and scientific expertise, and program support to optimize cardiovascular health for all. Underpinning DHDSP’s work is a commitment to improve health equity, focus on priority populations, and strategically engage partners.