Overview of the Florida Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
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In partnership with the American Heart Association, Florida Affiliate, and the Florida Cardiovascular Health Council, the Florida Department of Health has developed a strategic plan for 2003 - 2007 that involves stakeholders across the state to address heart disease and stroke prevention. The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program regularly monitors Florida's cardiovascular disease burden, including risk factors, through analysis of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data, vital statistics, and hospital discharge data. County-based heart disease and stroke prevention programs work with community partners to create environmental and policy changes for heart-healthy lifestyles. Media campaigns are developed to educate the public to increase awareness of signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke and to call 9-1-1. In addition, statewide partnerships work to improve quality health care practices for heart attack and stroke patients.
The Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Closing the Gap Program is funded by appropriations from the Florida State Legislature. The funding targets six priority health areas - cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, adult and child immunizations, and maternal and infant mortality - in which racial and ethnic groups currently experience serious disparities in access to care and health outcomes.
The Coordinated School Health Program is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A coordinated school health model consists of eight interactive components: health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, health promotion, counseling, environment, and family/community.
The Coordinated School Health Program partners with the Comprehensive Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program to develop specific comprehensive strategies to reduce cardiovascular health disparities in school-aged children in each of the four comprehensive regions. These current activities are expected to be funded from July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2007.