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ABOUT US

Our Mission

To provide public health leadership to improve cardiovascular health for all, reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease and eliminate disparities associated with heart disease and stroke.

Our Goal

To reduce disease, disability and death related to heart disease, stroke and related risk factors by:

  • Increasing public awareness of the preventability of heart disease and stroke risk factors.
  • Preventing risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
  • Increasing detection and treatment of risk factors.
  • Increasing early detection and treatment of heart disease and stroke.
  • Increasing awareness of signs and symptoms for heart attacks and strokes and urgency to seek immediate medical care by calling 9-1-1.
  • Decreasing recurrences of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Identifying and eliminating cardiovascular-related disparities among specific population groups.

Our Program Priorities

  • Control high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Control high blood cholesterol
  • Increase awareness of signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke and the need to call 9-1-1
  • Improve emergency response for heart attack and stroke
  • Improve quality of care related to cardiovascular disease prevention and control
  • Eliminate disparities related to cardiovascular disease prevention and control

Program Description

To improve cardiovascular health of North Dakotans by facilitating effective collaborations and partnerships, monitoring critical aspects of cardiovascular disease and developing effective strategies to reduce heart disease, stroke and related risk factors.

To develop and implement a comprehensive approach to cardiovascular disease, through population-based strategies that focus on an identified population or area rather than on individual behavior change.

To provide grants, training, education, resources and technical assistance to communities and health-care providers.

Program Funding

The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program is federally funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the National Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program.

In addition, the 2009 North Dakota Legislative Assembly allocated funds to the North Dakota Department of Health to implement a comprehensive State Stroke Program including a grant program to local hospitals to support the collection of stroke data through a statewide stroke registry.