CDC Addresses Stroke

CDC supports several public health efforts that address stroke.

Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program
CDC funds stroke programs in nine states (California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin) to monitor, promote, and improve the quality of acute stroke care. The programs’ data help hospitals close the gap between stroke care guidelines and practice. The long-term goal is for all Americans to receive the highest-quality stroke care available to reduce untimely deaths, prevent disability, and avoid recurrent strokes.

Million Hearts®External
Million Hearts® is a national initiative with a goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes. CDC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services co-lead the initiative on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Million Hearts® provides tools and resources for health care professionals.

CDC’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
CDC currently funds health departments in 32 states and the District of Columbia to plan, carry out, and test cardiovascular health promotion, disease prevention, and control programs and to eliminate health disparities. The programs encourage the use of education, policies, environmental strategies, and systems changes to address heart disease and stroke in various settings.

The WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation) program helps women with little or no health insurance lower their risk for stroke and other chronic diseases. The program helps women age 40 to 64 improve their diet, physical activity, and other behaviors. CDC funds 21 WISEWOMAN projects in 19 states and two tribal entities.

Tips From Former Smokers™
CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers™ campaign shares stories from real people who are living with long-term health effects from smoking, including stroke. From 2012 to 2015, the Tips™ campaign motivated at least 5 million Americans to try to quit smoking, and at least 400,000 smokers have quit for good since the campaign launched in 2012.

Healthy People 2020
Healthy People 2020
 is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats. CDC and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute are leading a group of federal partners to track the nation’s Healthy People 2020 objectives to combat heart disease and stroke. In addition to defining and tracking heart disease and stroke objectives, Healthy People 2020 includes clinical recommendations, community interventions, and consumer information related to heart disease and strokeExternal