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Since 2008, the Iowa Department of Public Health has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (NHDSP) Program for an Iowa Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (HDSP) Program. This is primarily achieved by bringing partners together to develop, implement and monitor an Iowa Comprehensive Heart Disease and Stroke Plan that focuses on CDC national priorities as they apply to Iowans.

HDSP Program Goals and Objectives

Goals:

To reduce Iowa's heart disease and stroke mortality and morbidity:

  • Raise awareness, increase screening, and prevent and control of high blood pressure
  • Raise awareness, increase screening, and prevent and control of high blood cholesterol,
  • Improve the quality of cardiovascular care
  • Improve emergency response for those having heart attacks and strokes,
  • Increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke and the importance of calling 9-1-1
  • Increase the quality of life of those affected by heart disease and stroke, especially disparate populations, through public and professional education programs and activities

Objectives:

Currently, the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program at the Iowa Department of Public Health, Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Management is working to:

  • Seek resources to support and expand heart disease and stroke prevention initiatives
  • Manage grants related to Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
  • Support and maintain the Cardiovascular and Stroke Task Force as the state partnership of collaborating organizations and individuals responsible for developing and monitoring the progress of a state plan of action
  • Promote the use of the Iowa Comprehensive Heart Disease and Stroke Plan as the state-wide document for guiding the accomplishment of heart disease and stroke prevention goals, objectives and strategies
  • Help assure that the state plan and department activities are evidence-based and driven by the most up-to-date data
  • Serve as an internal point of contact to other IDPH work teams to better integrate service delivery
  • Serve as an IDPH representative to external agencies and organizations
  • Serve as a point of contact for the general public and healthcare providers seeking heart disease and stroke information
  • Provide technical assistance to communities working to improve local heart disease and stroke prevention
  • Provide leadership to initiate changes in policy that will facilitate the achievement of heart disease and stroke plan goals and objectives
  • Coordinate and collaborate with others to develop public awareness and education projects related to heart disease and stroke prevention

Funding Source Priorities

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking continue to place people at risk for heart disease and stroke. To address these risk factors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has implemented an initiative focusing on the ABCS of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention-

  • Aspirin: Increase low dose aspirin therapy according to recognized prevention guidelines.
  • Blood Pressure: Prevent and control high blood pressure; reduce sodium intake.
  • Cholesterol: Prevent and control high blood cholesterol.
  • Smoking: Increase the number of smokers counseled to quit and referred to quit lines; increase availability of no or low-cost cessation products.

CDC also requires its state grantees to promote policy and systems changes in health care delivery, worksite wellness programs, and other community settings that will work to:

  • Increase the number of Iowans who know the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke and the importance of calling 9-1-1;
  • Improve Emergency Response in Iowa;
  • Improve the quality of cardiovascular care in Iowa; and
  • Eliminate Disparities--ensuring that all Iowans have access to early, affordable and appropriate cardiovascular treatment which is essential to reducing disability and costs.

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