The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit, which is housed within the MDHHS Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity Section, is working on establishing stroke systems of care, strengthening community-clinical linkages, enhancing team-based care, and implementing health system intervention activities.
This page includes summaries of some of the initiatives currently being worked on by the Section and its partners.
For more information about the work of the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit, contact Jacqueline Humphrey at 517-241-5618 (e-mail: HumphreyJ@michigan.gov).
- Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit Focus Areas
Forging strong partnerships with health systems, community groups, and public health entities to implement heart disease and stroke prevention and management strategies.
Co-leading the Michigan Million Hearts Initiative with the American Heart Association of Michigan to increase the effective use of clinical and community strategies to diagnose and treat people with heart disease and its risk factors.
Improving identification, reporting, management, and treatment of heart disease and stroke risk factors in federally qualified health centers.
Building systems for near real-time surveillance of hypertension and blood cholesterol to intervene and offer resources to improve care coordination.
Establishing emergency room workflows for identification and coordination of care of patients with hypertension through innovative partnership with Wayne State University.
Leading statewide integrated stroke registry system focused on quality improvement across EMS, hospital, and discharge settings.
Increasing awareness of heart disease and stroke risk factors, promoting linkages to evidence-based lifestyle change programs, and working to improve health outcomes in minority populations through partnerships with community organizations.
Addressing health disparities through interventions for populations disproportionately affected by cardiovascular risk factors and outcomes, including minorities and rural residents.
- Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit Projects
Million Hearts® 2022 is a national initiative co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in five years. The initiative focuses partner actions on a small set of priorities selected for their impact on heart disease, stroke, and related conditions.
Michigan Million Hearts stakeholders aim to reduce and prevent heart attacks and strokes among Michigan adults through promotion of the use of team-based care, health information technology and the utilization of community health workers.
CDC-1815 and CDC-1817
MDHHS works collaboratively with internal and external partners, such as health care systems, providers, businesses, policy makers, community-based organizations, and key stakeholders to support and build on actions taken to prevent and manage diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and associated conditions, such as stroke and prediabetes.
CDC-1815 (Improving the Health of Americans Through Prevention and Management of Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke) through:
- Increasing reporting, monitoring and tracking of clinical data for improved identification, management and treatment of patients with high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
- Increasing the use of — and adherence to — evidence-based guidelines and policies related to team-based care for patients with high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
- Increasing community-clinical links that support systematic referrals, self-management, and lifestyle change for patients with high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
- Increasing medication adherence among patients with high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
- Increasing engagement in self-management among patients with high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
- Increasing participation in evidence-based lifestyle interventions among patients with high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
CDC-1817 (Innovative State and Local Public Health Strategies to Prevent and Manage Diabetes and Heart Disease Stroke) through:
- Tracking and monitoring clinical measures shown to improve healthcare quality and identifying patients with high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
- Implementing team-based care for patients with high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
- Linking individuals to community resources and clinical services that support bi-directional referrals, self-management, and lifestyle change for patients with high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
The MOSAIC Program works to establish a data-driven, linked stroke data system that will be utilized to guide and inform quality improvement efforts throughout stroke systems of care in Michigan in order to prevent strokes and resulting disabilities. MOSAIC staff and partners concentrate their efforts in five areas:
- systems capacity (building the capacity to link current silos of stroke care data to develop, integrate and improve a statewide comprehensive system of stroke care);
- pre-hospital care (assessing and improving emergency medical services [EMS] preâhospital care for stroke and institute concerted quality improvement efforts between EMS and hospitals);
- post-discharge services (improving access to services needed in the postâdischarge period);
- public awareness (improving community awareness regarding stroke signs and symptoms, the importance of calling 9â1â1, and access to services for patients with stroke risk factors, such as hypertension and cholesterol); and
- burden of stroke (reducing disparities and overall stroke burden).
The Michigan Stroke Initiative (MSI) is a coalition of stroke experts who were convened to address the burden of stroke in Michigan, including the issues, barriers and challenges, and to recommend strategies for reducing the burden.
MSI began in 1997. Today, it has 70 individual members from 20 different Michigan agencies, representing a multidisciplinary, broad-based group from different areas of the state. Much has been accomplished in stroke care since the inception of MSI, but much remains to be done, and MSI continues to work on reducing the burden of stroke in Michigan.
- Michigan Fact Sheets and Data
Data and surveillance reports about heart disease, stroke, and associated risk factors can be found on the Data & Statistics page on this website.
- Online Educational Resources
Educational materials produced by the MDHHS Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit are provided free of charge to Michigan residents in quantities up to 100. (Shipping included.)
The available resources include information about sodium intake, controlling and tracking high blood pressure, and following the DASH Eating Plan with recommended daily calorie needs and daily activity levels.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)
- MDHHS Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition & Physical Activity Section website
- Michigan WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation) program (MDHHS)
- Tobacco control and prevention (MDHHS)
- Michigan Tobacco Quitline (MDHHS)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention website
- Cardiac Rehabilitation | Million Hearts
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- All About Sodium
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
- NHLBI website
- Health Topics: High Blood Pressure
- Health Topics: High Blood Cholesterol
- Health Topics: DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Eating Plan
American Heart Association (AHA)/ American Stroke Association (ASA)
- AHA website
- ASA website
- Health Topics: High Blood Pressure
- Health Topics: Cholesterol
- Healthy Living/ Healthy Eating/ Eat Smart: Sodium
- Get with the Guidelines quality improvement programs for medical professionals
American Medical Association (AMA)
State Alliance of Michigan YMCAs (Michigan YMCA )
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