The Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program has adopted the following core functions to advance its work in accomplishing the ultimate goal of a heart-healthy and stroke-free North Dakota.
Funding, technical support and resources are provided to local health systems, local health departments, tribes, communities, work places and other partners to increase their capacity to eliminate health disparities and prevent heart disease and stroke throughout the lifespan.
Partnerships are formed with government agencies, public and private organizations and communities to allow for maximization of resources in:
- Changing physical and social environments to reduce heart disease and stroke.
- Identifying and connecting local, state and national resources.
- Facilitating the sharing of best and promising practices.
- Advocating for positive policy and systems change.
- Working to eliminate health disparities.
- Synthesizing and disseminating relevant information.
The Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program produces and disseminates educational materials, fact sheets, brochures and posters about heart disease, stroke, related risk factors and signs, symptoms of heart attack and stroke, and the need to take immediate action. Improving access to education on aspects of heart disease and stroke and its related risk factors will raise the awareness that cardiovascular disease is largely preventable.
Trends in cardiovascular risk factors and diseases are tracked and differences in their distribution by age, gender, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status and geographic location are documented. Data patterns are analyzed to identify groups of people most at risk of cardiovascular disease and those findings are shared with partners. Collecting, compiling, interpreting and reporting cardiovascular disease data helps direct programmatic planning, research and advocacy for improving cardiovascular health.
Programs, policies and interventions are evaluated regularly to ensure they are working as planned and producing the intended results.