Find fact sheets, reports, guides, and other tools for health professionals and state health departments on heart disease and stroke policies.
State Policy Analysis
A Summary of Primary Stroke Center Policy in the United States [PDF-2M]
This summary provides an overview laws and regulations related to primary stroke centers in the United States through mid-2010. It includes a summary and synthesis of policy action across states as well as an individual report for each state.
A Summary of Public Access Defibrillation Laws, United States, 2010
This summary reviews each state’s legal requirements for recommended public access defibrillation(PAD) program elements and concludes that PAD programs in many states are at risk of failure because critical elements such as maintenance, medical oversight, emergency medical service notification, and continuous quality improvement are not required. The summary suggests that policy makers consider strengthening PAD policies by enacting laws that can reduce the time from collapse to shock, such as requiring the strategic placement of AEDs in high-risk locations or mandatory PAD registries that are coordinated with local EMS and dispatch centers.
State Law Fact Sheets
Law can serve as an important tool in improving public health.1 State Law Fact Sheets describe the scientific evidence in support of particular legal interventions and describe the extent to which states have enacted such laws. Such information can be useful to state and local public health practitioners, researchers, and decision makers.
- A Summary of State Community Health Worker Laws – 2016 [PDF – 1 MB]
- A Summary of Worksite Health Promotion Laws – 2016 [PDF – 490 KB]
- A Summary of State Community Health Worker Laws – 2013 [PDF-680K]
- A Summary of State Patient-Centered Medical Home Laws, December 2013 [PDF-423K]
- Prescription Drug Cost-Sharing and Antihypertensive Drug Access among State Medicaid Fee for Service Plans, 2012 [PDF-284K]
- Select Features of State Pharmacist Collaborative Practice Laws [PDF-232K]
Policy Evidence Assessment Reports
Evidence-based policy can be used to prevent, control, and improve the outcomes of chronic disease. These reports aim to inform researchers, evaluators, and practitioners about the strengths and limitations of the evidence bases for individual components of chronic disease policy.
The Evidence for Pre-hospital Emergency Medical Service Systems Policy Interventions Addressed in Existing State Laws [PDF – 897 KB]
The Policy Evidence Assessment Report The Evidence for Pre-hospital Emergency Medical Service Systems Policy Interventions Addressed in Existing State Laws 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.
What Could Be Addressed in an Evidence-Informed State Workplace Health Promotion Law? [PDF-2M]
The Policy Evidence Assessment Report What Could Be Addressed in an Evidence Informed State Workplace Health Promotion Law assesses the evidence for 21 types of workplace health promotion interventions addressed in state laws to inform policy decision makers, researchers, and program coordinators.
Infographic: What Could Be Addressed in an Evidence-Informed State Workplace Health Promotion Law? [PDF-1.2M]
This infographic provides a one page summary of the full Policy Evidence Assessment Report What Could Be Addressed in an Evidence Informed State Workplace Health Promotion Law?
Community Health Worker Policy Evidence Assessment Report [PDF-843K]
The Community Health Worker Policy Evidence Assessment Report assesses the evidence for 14 types of interventions addressed in state CHW laws to inform policy decision makers, researchers, and community and health organizations.
Community Health Worker Policy Evidence Assessment Report One-Pager [PDF-231K]
This one-pager provides a summary of the full Community Health Worker Policy Evidence Assessment Report.
Guides, Recommendations, Tools
These resources include summaries, tools, and strategies for health professionals, CHWs, pharmacists, and more to help guide their heart disease and stroke prevention efforts.
Addressing Chronic Disease through Community Health Workers: A Policy and Systems-Level Approach [PDF-924K]
This document provides guidance and resources for implementing recommendations to integrate community health workers (CHWs) into community-based efforts to prevent chronic disease. It sets forth evidence demonstrating the value and impact of CHWs in preventing and managing chronic diseases and describes comprehensive state policies, programs that engage CHWs, and resources to assist state health departments and others.
Primary Stroke Center Policy: Recommendations for Policy Implementation [PDF-1M]
This document identifies the key components, facilitators, and barriers to Primary Stroke Center Policy implementation for states.
Improving the Food Environment Through Nutrition Standards: A Guide for Government Procurement [PDF-682K]
Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this procurement guide provides practical guidance to states and local governments for developing, adopting, implementing, and evaluating a food procurement policy. This guide also provides valuable insight into the appropriateness and acceptability of these policies in other worksite settings.
Online Procurement Resources [PDF-682K]
The Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) provides resources to help organizations implement food service guidelines and strategies to reduce sodium. This document provides an overview of several resources related to food procurement, including guides, publications, and webinars.
Under Pressure: Strategies for Sodium Reduction in the Hospital Environment [PDF-736K]
This document examines the importance of healthy foods in hospital environments and provides strategies to improve health through sodium reduction in foods served at hospitals.
Under Pressure: Strategies for Sodium Reduction in the School Environment [PDF-1.8M]
This document examines the importance of providing healthy school meals to children in schools and provides strategies to for sodium reduction in the school environment.
Under Pressure: Strategies for Sodium Reduction in Worksites [PDF-1.4M]
This document examines the importance of healthy foods at worksites and provides strategies to improve health through sodium reduction in foods available at worksites.
From “Retailers” to Health Care Providers: Transforming the Role of Community Pharmacists in Chronic Disease Management [PDF-407K]
This Science-in-Brief is a short synopsis of a 2015 article that addresses global efforts to include community pharmacists in primary care to support the management of chronic disease.
Health Impact Assessment
This page describes how to use the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) tool to evaluate the potential health effects of a project or policy before it is built or implemented. The HIA framework is used to bring potential public health impacts and considerations to the decision-making process for plans, projects, and policies that fall outside of traditional public health arenas, such as transportation and land use.
Resources from Other Organizations
The Cost-Effectiveness of Interventions Designed to Reduce Sodium Intake
This comprehensive literature review summarizes evidence on selected population-wide interventions to reduce sodium as approaches to control hypertension. The findings indicate that sodium reduction interventions are low in cost and cost-effective.
A Population-Based Policy and Systems Change Approach to Prevent and Control Hypertension
This Institute of Medicine (IOM) report recommends that federal, state, and local health agencies focus on population-based strategies that can reach large numbers of people and improve the well-being of entire communities. Behavioral and lifestyle interventions—reducing sodium intake, increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables, and increasing physical activity—are among the best examples. The report also highlights the need to improve providers’ adherence to the treatment guidelines for hypertension and to encourage patients to take medication consistently by reducing or eliminating the cost of antihypertensive medication.
The Role of Nutrition in Maintaining Health in the Nation’s Elderly: Evaluating Coverage of Nutrition Services for the Medicare Population
This Institute of Medicine (IOM) publication provides recommendations for nutrition services for the elderly, including sodium reduction among the Medicare population, and considers how health care coverage policies should be approached and practiced. The book also discusses the role of nutrition therapy in the management of cardiovascular disease, among other conditions.
- Barbero, C., Gilchrist, S., Chriqui, J.F., Martin, M., Wennerstrom, A., VanderVeur, J., Prewitt, K., & Brownstein, J.N. Do State Community Health Worker Laws Align with Best Available Evidence? J Community Health 2015 Oct; doi: 10.1007/s10900-015-0098-x.
- Barbero, C., Gilchrist, S., Schooley, M.W., Chriqui, J.F., Luke, D.A., & Eyler, A.A. Appraising the evidence for public health policy components using the quality and impact of component evidence assessment. Global Heart 2015 Mar; 10 (1): 3-11. doi: 10.1016/j.gheart.2014.12.013.
- Mensah GA, Goodman RA, Zaza S, et al. Law as a tool for preventing chronic diseases: expanding the spectrum of effective public health strategies. Prev. Chron. Dis. [serial online]. 2004:1(1). Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2004/jan/03_0033.htm.
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