Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in Mississippi, accounting for over a third of all deaths in the state. Mississippi's CVD mortality rate remains the highest in the nation.
About the Program
The Mission of the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program is to promote and protect the cardiovascular health of the citizens of Mississippi.
To prevent, manage, and reduce the risk factors associated with heart disease and stroke by implementing health system interventions to improve effective delivery of care, community-clinical linkages to support prevention and management of high blood pressure and diabetes, and collecting and analyzing data to guide work.
- Promote reporting of blood pressure and A1C measures; and as able, initiate activities that promote clinical innovations, team-based care, and self-monitoring of blood pressure.
- Promote awareness of high blood pressure among patients.
- Increase implementation of quality improvement processes in health systems and use of team-based care in health systems.
- Increase use of health-care extenders in support of self-management of high blood pressure.
- Build capacity to promote and implement policy and systems-level change strategies.
- Promote hypertension detection and control through innovations in health information technology, patient communication, and team-based care.
- Implement health system interventions to improve effective delivery of care.
- Define and report the burden of cardiovascular disease and associated risk factors.
- Promote community-clinical linkages to support prevention and management of high blood pressure and diabetes.