Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Connection -  newsletter

HeartRescue Project Save-A-Life Simulator

Added 7/26/12

Every day, thousands of people suffer sudden cardiac arrest. Would you know how to help? Go to www.heartrescuenow.com


Minnesota Resuscitation Academy

Added 7/26/12

The Minnesota Resuscitation Academy is a 2-day training that provides information on defining existing cardiac arrest data and how to utilize it for improving outcomes; how to develop a plan to increase survival in your community; and how to measure your effectiveness. Sessions include: community education programs, dispatch assisted CPR, BLS/ALS tools and training, high performance CPR, therapeutic hypothermia, innovative hospital initiatives, data collection and more. The target audience includes: EMS and Fire Officers, Medical Directors, Training Officers, Dispatch Centers, and QI Coordinators.

The 2nd Minnesota Resuscitation Academy will take place November 12-13, 2012, at the University of Minnesota Variety Club Research Center. More information to come this fall at www.mrc.umn.edu or call 612-626-1382.


Acute Stroke System Council

Added 7/25/12

The Minnesota Department of Health, together with the American Heart Association, is leading an effort to develop a statewide acute stroke system. The goal is to ensure that stroke victims receive the best care possible no matter where they may be in the state. A statewide Minnesota Acute Stroke System Council was convened and charged with developing the framework for a comprehensive stroke system of care for Minnesota. The Council began meeting in March 2011 and includes expert representation from across the state and across areas of medicine and health policy.

Progress to date: An example EMS stroke protocol has been developed, one in which local EMS agencies may adopt or use as a model. In addition, a draft set of criteria for stroke hospital designations has been written. Currently, a subgroup of the Council is working on defining criteria for creating a "stroke unit" for acute stroke-ready hospitals. Finally, data collection standards are also being discussed right now for future consideration. The next goal in this process is to introduce legislation in the 2013 legislative session to authorize MDH to designate hospitals and formally recognize the Council. This will be the first step in a phased approach towards a fully operational system.

To get involved in developing the stroke system, or for more information, please contact Albert Tsai at albert.tsai@state.mn.us.


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Health Promotion and Prevention Partnership (HP3)

Added 7/11/12

The HP3 is a partnership between Allina Health and local communities in greater Minnesota and western Wisconsin to promote health through prevention and wellness programs aimed to connect primary care to community resources. The program is supported by a grant from the George Family Foundation.

The program goals are to:

  • directly invest resources in the health of the communities,
  • define the most effective wellness role for hospitals and clinics, and
  • increase the number of positive touches with the patients served.

The intervention philosophy is to:

  • identify and fill gaps to create a continuum of wellness resources in each community,
  • define primary care's evidence based role to assess, counsel, and refer to community resources, and
  • integrate key community stakeholders and build momentum to operate together rather than in silos.

Thirteen communities received funding through a competitive grant application process. Funded communities will complete a community inventory of wellness resources and develop an intervention unique to the community based on the needs identified in the inventory. Examples of interventions include: health risk assessments aimed at behaviors that have large impacts on health rather than disease detection, health coaching, connections to low cost and free programs in the communities, as well as some integrative approaches looking at stress reduction and improved mental health.

Evaluation of the community's health will include a combination of biometric scores and health risk assessment results. A Community Health Index will be completed to measure the overall score of the population and an Individual Health Index will be completed to measure behavior change.

Longitudinal analysis will include re-screening the population each year to measure variation from the baseline. This data will be used by participating communities to understand the health trends of the communities they serve. The data will also help draw connections between effective interventions and positive outcomes.

For more information about HP3 please contact Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler at courtney.baechler@allina.com.


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Partners in Prevention: Reducing Heart Attack and Stroke in Minnesota

Added 7/11/12

The University of Minnesota’s Partners in Prevention is an evidence-based, guideline-advised, cost-effective, statewide cardiovascular disease prevention program promoting the use of low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attack and stroke in targeted age groups (men age 45-79 and women 55-79).  The program proposes to increase the use of low-dose aspirin to reduce the incidence of heart attack and stroke in Minnesota through the following interventions:

  • Health Professional Education – reaching physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other health professionals to disseminate new practice tools to improve aspirin use in the target patient population,
  • Shared Media – engaging the public through the use of on-line resources to engage adherence to aspirin use, and
  • Mass Media – reaching the public via use of traditional mass media, including television, newspapers, radio station, billboards, etc.

The program goals are to:

  • increase aspirin intake by an absolute 10% in Minnesota adult population of men age 45-79 and women age 55-79 over 5 years,
  • reduce the number of first heart attacks and strokes in the target population in Minnesota, and
  • verify the impact of newly developed prevention tools and measure the effects of the campaign, in order to assure that the most effective tools can be disseminated across the State of Minnesota, as a national model.

The Partners in Prevention work plan includes

  • measuring baseline target audience attitudes, beliefs and behaviors regarding aspirin use via public and health professional baseline surveys in relevant population samples; and measure actual baseline aspirin exposure in a primary prevention target population via serum thromboxane B2 assays,
  • developing innovative educational strategies and messages designed to have a measurable impact on health professionals and the public,
  • recruiting physicians, clinics, and health systems to participate in the campaign,
  • certifying health professionals and clinics in use of aspirin prescription tools,
  • measuring the synergistic impact of use of shared media as an intervention to help the public initiate and sustain aspirin use in the target population,
  • evaluating program impact by measurement of self-reported and adjudicated aspirin exposure in a cluster randomized trial design that includes 48 Minnesota city quads, and
  • assuring program national scalability via ongoing MDH, CDC, and NHLBI discussion and partnerships.

The pilot program takes place in Hibbing, Minnesota. 

For more information on Partners in Prevention, please visit their website, askaboutaspirin.umn.edu, or contact Karen Miller, Associate Director, at askaboutaspirin@umn.edu or (612) 624-5961.


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Raise it for Health

Added 7/11/12

Raise it for Health is a coalition of Minnesota's leading health and nonprofit organizations who share a common goal of reducing tobacco use. Each year in Minnesota tobacco use is responsible for more than 5,100 deaths and almost $3 billion in preventable health care costs. Raise it for Health supports significantly raising the price of tobacco products in Minnesota because it is a proven way to prevent children from starting to use tobacco and helping existing tobacco users quit. Raising tobacco prices will reduce the devastating human and economic costs of tobacco use in Minnesota

For more information contact Raise it for Health Coalition at info@raiseitforhealth.org or visit their website at www.raiseitforhealth.org

To read about other programs and projects that address primary prevention please visit the 2011-2020 State Plan Strategies at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/hpcd/chp/cvh/cvhplanstrategies.html


Updated Monday, May 06, 2013 at 09:49AM