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Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program

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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

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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. The latest 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 health systems, health care professionals, and public health practitioners can help reduce heart attacks and strokes among middle-aged adults.

Featured Spotlight

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.


Stroke Survivor Stories

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

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DHDSP Recognizes Stroke Survivors
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.

World Stroke Day Infocard

Stroke Communications Kit
Up to 80% of strokes are preventable. For World Stroke Day on October 29, help spread the word about the importance of stroke prevention with this DHDSP communications kit.

PCNASP Summary Report 2007-2012

Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry Program: Summary Report 2007-2012 [PDF-959K]
This report 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.

PCNASP Strategies from the Field

Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program—Strategies from the Field [PDF-457K]
Each Coverdell-funded state has identified unique ways to meet the goals and objectives of the Coverdell program. This document 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.

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