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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.