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About Us

Our Mission

To provide public health leadership to improve cardiovascular health for all, reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease and eliminate disparities associated with heart disease and stroke.

Our Goal

To reduce disease, disability and death related to heart disease, stroke and related risk factors by:

  • Increasing public awareness of the preventability of heart disease and stroke risk factors.
  • Increasing detection and treatment of risk factors, heart disease, and stroke.
  • Increasing awareness of signs and symptoms for heart attacks and strokes and urgency to seek immediate medical care by calling 9-1-1.
  • Decreasing recurrences of heart attacks and strokes.

Our Program Priorities

  • Control high blood pressure (hypertension) and high blood cholesterol.
  • Increase awareness of signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke and the need to call 9-1-1.
  • Improve emergency response for heart attack and stroke.
  • Improve quality of care related to cardiovascular disease prevention and control.Program Description
  • To improve cardiovascular health of North Dakotans by:
    • Facilitating collaborations and partnerships
    • Monitoring critical aspects of cardiovascular disease
    • Developing strategies to reduce heart disease, stroke and related risk factors
  • To develop and implement a comprehensive, widespread approach for preventing cardiovascular disease
  • To provide grants, training, education, resources and technical assistance to communities and health care providers

Program Funding

The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program is federally funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the National Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program.

Additionally, the 2009 North Dakota Legislative Assembly allocated funds to the North Dakota Department of Health to implement a comprehensive State Stroke Program. The statewide initiative includes a grant program to local hospitals that supports the collection of stroke data through a statewide stroke registry.