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The following resource toolkits were created to support health educators and clinicians in their effort to educate patients about the risks associated with conditions such as high blood pressure, poor cholesterol readings, and high sodium consumption. Each toolkit contains electronic brochures, handouts, reports, and ordering information about a specific health topic.

Quality Improvement

Iowa Cardiovascular Collaborative Healthcare Provider Network

We want your clinic to join us in a statewide movement to fight hypertension in Iowa! The Iowa Cardiovascular Collaborative Healthcare Provider Network is a diverse network of healthcare providers, clinics, and local public health agencies across Iowa who want to receive the latest research, resources, and national guidelines related to pre-hypertension and hypertension - at no cost to your clinic!

By joining the collaborative, your staff will receive:

  • Access to on-line courses offering free CME/CEU credits;
  • Resources for patients (both hard-copy and electronic);
  • Provider education opportunities;
  • Monthly e-bulletin for healthcare providers; and
  • Updates from the Iowa Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program.

To register your clinic, complete this document  Zipped Image Icon and send to the e-mail address listed within the document.

Prepare Iowa - Learning Management System

A site created especially for healthcare providers to educate themselves and their patients about topics related to heart disease and stroke prevention (i.e. salt/sodium reduction, cholesterol education, signs of a heart attack, etc.). Healthcare providers have the opportunity to earn continuing education credits at no cost upon successful completion of a course. Both Continuing Medical Education credits (CMEs) and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered.

Dental Health, Blood Pressure, and Tobacco Cessation Project, 2009-2012

The University of Iowa - College of Dentistry is working to improve blood pressure and tobacco use screening and referral by Iowa's oral health professionals. The ultimate goal of the tree-year project is to significantly improve the level of cardiovascular and tobacco use screening and referral conducted by dentists practicing in the state of Iowa. The project is funded by the CDC through a contact with the Iowa Department of Public Health - Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program. The following describes the three phases of the project:

Year 1: A tentative curriculum is tested through a pilot with five dental practices in northeast Iowa to offer tobacco cessation services and blood pressure screenings to their patients in an effort to decrease heart disease and stroke. Each dental clinic refers patients who use tobacco products to the Iowa Quitline and those with a high blood pressure reading to a medical physician. Outcomes with these same patients are tracked after six months and twelve months. Outcomes with the pilot practices are also followed for six and twelve months.

Year 2: The curriculums for dentists at the University of Iowa and for dental hygienists at the five available training programs are assessed for cardiovascular and tobacco screening training and suggestions are made to the institutions for change. Outcomes related to the suggested change implementation will be tracked.

Year 3: Continuing education training sessions will be provided to already practicing dentists and dental hygienists on cardiovascular and tobacco screening. Pre-tests and Post-tests will measure changes made in the practices receiving the training.

Stroke Registry

In 2009, the Iowa Department of Public Health received a supplemental award of federal funding from the CDC to support the design and pilot implementation of a state stroke registry. Continuation funding was received in 2010, and will be applied for again in 2011. IDPH plans to apply for CDC Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry (PCNASR) funding for an undetermined period beginning in 2012 that would, if funded, allow for full implementation of a stroke registry in Iowa.

Since 2008, the Iowa Department of Health has worked closely with other partners and members of the Iowa Stroke Task Force and the Iowa Cardiovascular and Stroke Task Force to improve the quality of Iowa's voluntary stroke triage system. This has allowed Iowa's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to triage and transport stroke patients to the hospital with the highest level of stroke care available within 30 minutes travel time.

The proposed stroke registry would serve as a central system to collect, compile, and analyze state stroke data. It would promote quality improvement of stroke systems of care in Iowa by linking the voluntary (EMS) records with the records of stroke care at Iowa's hospitals and eventually stroke rehabilitation records and death records. The overall intent of such a registry is to shorten the time between the onset of symptoms and receipt of the best possible care available. This in turn, will reduce overall stroke mortality and increase the survival of stroke patients so they can return to once again productive lives.

IDPH contracts with the University of Iowa - College of Public Health for the design and testing of the registry system.

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