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Division of Public Health Services Releases State Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Action Plan
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Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
Publish Date:
April 30, 2015

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services has released the New Hampshire Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention 2015-2020 Action Plan. Heart disease and stroke are identified as priorities in the State Health Improvement Plan 2013–2020 (NH SHIP). In 2013, over 30% of New Hampshire residents reported that they had been told that they had high blood pressure and more than 2,300 New Hampshire residents died of coronary heart disease, heart attack, or stroke.

The State Health Improvement Plan identifies 10 priority areas for improvement, including heart attack and stroke preventions, and aims to assist state and community leaders in focusing their work to improve the public’s health and to promote coordination and collaboration among public health partners. The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Plan was developed through the leadership of the Division of Public Health Services to build upon the SHIP. Public and private partners from agencies and organizations throughout the State whose work impacts the rates of heart disease, stroke and/or their risk factors came together to create common goals, objectives, and action steps in order to achieve the greatest impact. The Plan provides a framework for action over the next several years for partners to work together to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke by improving systems of care and the overall cardiovascular health of residents in communities across New Hampshire.

"We know that in order to make a significant difference in the lives of so many Granite Staters and effectively implement this action plan, a collective impact approach needs to be adopted," said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at the DHHS. "Heart disease and stroke are among the most widespread and costly health problems facing New Hampshire; however they are also among the most preventable. By working collectively, we can have our greatest impact on prevention."

The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Plan includes common goals, strategies and objectives, and promotes improvement through a collective impact approach, a group of people working together from a common agenda to find a solution to a social problem. The New Hampshire Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Action Plan is meant to be a living document to guide health improvement work throughout New Hampshire. It is intended to be used by healthcare providers, hospitals, community health centers, community health educators and other public and community partners who work to reduce the impact of heart disease and stroke in New Hampshire.

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