Minnesota Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Plan
About the Plan
The first Minnesota Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Plan 2004-2010 was established to provide a blueprint to address heart disease and stroke risk factors and mortality rates where the mission is to improve cardiovascular health, with emphasis on populations with the greatest health disparities, through multi-sector efforts and strategies impacting community, organizational and individual actions, environments and policies. Over 150 people, throughout the state, met regularly over a two year period and a steering committee was convened to guide, promote, participate in strategic planning, and eventually champion the statewide plan and its implementation. Also, a data review committee was created to determine the burden of cardiovascular disease and to chart a plan for surveillance. Five workgroups formed around settings or environments where people live, work and play and included: Communities and Community Organizations, Healthcare, Land Planning and Transportation, Schools and Worksites.
Each workgroup and committee developed goals, objectives and strategies with a priority emphasis that addressed the population as a whole with special attention to disparate populations. From this process, the steering committee agreed upon five goals and several objectives under each goal. Healthy People 2010 and Healthy Minnesotans Public Health Goals 2004 were taken under consideration. The 2004-2010 Plan can be found here – link.
Heart disease and stroke continue to be leading causes of death for Minnesotans despite advances in medicine and public health. In 2009, the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Steering Committee began to develop the next strategic plan. This Minnesota Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Plan 2011-2020 aims to leverage the progress made from 2004 to 2010. The current plan focuses on prevention, acute treatment and disease management with recommended objectives, strategies, tactics and potential organizational champions.
The plan also contains an evaluation chapter with global and objective indicators where we will be able to measure progress on our plan. The plan also contains suggested process measures to capture progress on the plan. And lastly, the current plan includes other considerations for heart disease and stroke such as mental health and technology.