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CDC State Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Programs

CDC supports several public health efforts that address heart disease and stroke. Learn more about how DHDSP Takes on the Nation’s Leading Killers [PDF-300K].

Program Name Key Facts
State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health
  • Funded by CDC, State Public Health Actions is a national program that provides a base level of funding to all 50 states and DC to focus on underlying strategies that address chronic diseases including diabetes, obesity, heart disease and stroke.
  • Additional resources are provided to 32 qualified states to enable more intensive interventions and greater health outcomes for these chronic conditions.
  • The goal of this multi-faceted initiative to improve health for all Americans through coordinated chronic disease prevention programs.
Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program
  • CDC funds stroke programs in 9 states (California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin) to monitor, promote, and improve the quality of acute stroke care.
  • The programs’ data help hospitals close the gap between stroke care guidelines and practice.
  • The long-term goal is to ensure that all Americans receive the highest quality stroke care available to reduce untimely deaths, prevent disability, and avoid recurrent strokes.
  • WISEWOMAN helps women with little or no health insurance reduce their risk for heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases.
  • The program assists women age 40 to 64 in improving their diet, physical activity, and other behaviors. WISEWOMAN also provides cholesterol tests and other screening.
  • CDC funds 22 WISEWOMAN programs, which operate on the local level in states and tribal organizations.
Sodium Reduction in Communities
  • To promote local and state sodium reduction strategies, in 2010 CDC launched the Sodium Reduction in Communities Program (SRCP), a 3-year demonstration program to increase the availability and accessibility of lower-sodium foods for consumers and decrease sodium intake.
  • This program provided funding and technical assistance to six communities across the United States to explore the feasibility of reducing sodium consumption to limits recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and to build practice-based evidence around effective strategies.
  • In 2013, CDC awarded funds to support 10 communities (two state coordinated programs and 5 large municipalities) to decrease sodium consumption in the population.

Building GIS Capacity for Chronic Disease Surveillance
  • This project builds capacity for public health professionals in state and local health departments to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for chronic disease surveillance and program development.
  • The enhanced capacity provides health departments with a dynamic and powerful set of tools to efficiently and innovatively address existing chronic disease priorities.
  • This is a collaborative project between CDC, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, and the University of Michigan.