A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke
The Purpose of the Plan
To chart a course for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and collaborating public health agencies, with all interested partners and the public at large, to help in promoting achievement of national goals for preventing heart disease and stroke over the next two decades-through 2020 and beyond.
Heart disease and stroke are among the nation’s leading causes of death and major causes of disability, and these conditions can be expected to increase sharply as this country’s “baby boom” generation ages. Yet these conditions are largely preventable. As expressed in the Steps to a HealthierUS initiative from Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson, the long–term solution for our nation’s health care crisis requires embracing prevention as the first step. To reverse the epidemic of heart disease and stroke through increasingly effective prevention, action is needed now.
A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke addresses this urgent need for action. Key partners, public health experts, and heart disease and stroke prevention specialists came together to develop targeted recommendations and specific action steps toward achievement of this goal, through a process convened by CDC and its parent agency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)External.
The special contributions of the following partners to development of A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke, through representation in the Working Group or Expert Panels, is gratefully acknowledged
- American Heart AssociationExternal/American Stroke AssociationExternal
- Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)External
- Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education (ASTDHPPHE)External
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)External
- National Association of Chronic Disease DirectorsExternal
- Health CanadaExternal
- Heart and Stroke Foundation of CanadaExternal
- National Association of County and City Health OfficialsExternal
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHSExternal
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, HHSExternal
- National Stroke AssociationExternal
- Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of Public Health and ScienceExternal, HHS
- Prevention Research Centers Program, CDC, HHS
- World Health OrganizationExternal
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Errata: A correction has been made since printing the current version of A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke.
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CDC’s Active Community Environments Initiative (ACES) works with partners to promote the development of accessible recreation facilities, including more opportunities for walking and cycling.
|A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke|
A Message from the Secretary
A Message from the Directors of CDC and NIH
|Section 1. Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention: Time for Action|
|Section 2. A Comprehensive Public Health Strategy and the Five Essential Components of the Plan: A Platform for Action|
|Section 3. Recommendations: A Call to Action|
|Section 4. Implementation: Mobilizing for Action|
|Appendix A: Glossary
Appendix B: National Goals and Objectives
Appendix C: Profiles of the Co-Lead Agencies for the Healthy People 2010 Heart Disease and Stroke Focus Area
Appendix D: Development of A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke
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