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Publications and Research: Creating Community-Clinical Linkages Between Pharmacists and Physicians

The Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) offers resources for health care professionals, pharmacists, community health workers, employers, and the public. You can search the Publications & Research section for guides, toolkits, summaries of recent research, podcasts, and much more to support your heart disease and stroke prevention programs.



Find resources for community health workers, pharmacists, and employers.

Research and Reports

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Read the latest research from CDC scientists on heart disease and stroke.


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Get action guides and strategies for heart disease and stroke prevention.


Science-in-Brief Feature: Understanding Health Disparities i…

Search our Science-in-Briefs summaries of articles by topic.

Webinars and Webcasts

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Watch videos and training webinars on heart disease and stroke topics.

Policy Resources

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Find fact sheets, reports, and other tools on heart disease and stroke policies.

Featured Resources

Stroke PEAR.

The Evidence for Pre-hospital Emergency Medical Service Systems Policy Interventions Addressed in Existing State Laws [PDF – 489 KB]
The Policy Evidence Assessment Report assesses the evidence for 7 types of pre-hospital emergency medical service systems policy interventions for stroke to inform state decision makers and public health organizations.

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Vital Signs: Preventing Stroke Deaths
About 80% of strokes are preventable. Yet new data shows that after decades of decline, progress has slowed in preventing stroke deaths in 3 out of 4 U.S. states. Learn what health care systems, health professionals, and everyone can do to prevent strokes and stroke death.

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Increasing the Use of Collaborative Practice Agreements Between Prescribers and Pharmacists [PDF – 2 MB]
This brief describes how collaborative practice agreements can increase patient access to health care by empowering pharmacists to practice as an extension of physicians and other prescribers to help patients manage or prevent chronic diseases.

State Law Fact Sheet.

A Summary of State Community Health Worker Laws (2016) [PDF – 1 MB]
This document describes how states use law as a tool to develop sustainable CHW programs.

Science-in-Brief Feature.

SIB Feature: Strategies and Emerging Interventions for Improving Medication Adherence [PDF – 167 KB]
This Science-in-Brief Feature shares strategies and interventions to help public health professionals and health systems improve medication adherence.