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. Since the Coverdell Program started collecting data in 2005, it has touched the lives of nearly 1 million acute stroke patients in over 700 hospitals.

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.

Program Resources

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.

Improving Data Collection
Doctor analyzing data.

The Coverdell Program focuses on process and outcome quality improvements for stroke patients. Coverdell state-funded recipients and CDC use data from a variety of sources to track and measure acute stroke care. Learn how the program is working with CDC’s Surveillance Data Platform Vocabulary Service to improve data collection and support a standard way to assess and measure care.

A woman doing physical therapy with a nurse.

Stroke can happen to anyone at any time. Yet, up to 80% of strokes are preventable. Visit our Stroke Survivor Stories webpage to learn more about the signs and symptoms of stroke and the path to recovery after a stroke.

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.