Updated May 2014

Each state plan strategy is given an activity level category that considers the following factors:

  • The amount of activity (projects, initiatives, policy work, etc.)
  • The reach of the activities (local, regional, or statewide reach)
  • The impact on decreasing cardiovascular disease risk, morbiditity and mortality
  • Scope of the activity
  • Quality of the activity (based on best-practice, promising practice)

Activity Level Categories

red icon No/Limited Activity
yellow icon Moderate Activity
green icon High Activity

If you would like to view associated tactics for each strategy, click here for the list of state plan tactics.

Click on a link below to read about activities going on around a strategy.

Objective 1.1: Decrease cardiovascular disease and stroke risk by decreasing tobacco use.

1.1.1 Decrease rates of initiation of tobacco use.
1.1.2 Increase the utilization of smoking cessation services for adolescents and adults.
1.1.3 Advance policies that reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.

Objective 1.2: Decrease all Minnesotans’ risk for CV disease and stroke by reducing obesity rates, and improving nutrition and physical activity.

1.2.1 Increase the rate of healthy eating by Minnesota children, youth and adults.
1.2.2 Increase frequency of exposure to effective health messages in multiple media channels. 
1.2.3 Increase physical activity for all in Minnesota. 

Objective 1.3: Advance methods promoting healthy eating and physical activity that are suited to communities at highest risk.

1.3.1 Offer culturally sensitive programs that focus on reducing prevalence of obesity by improving dietary behaviors, increasing physical activity levels, and reducing sedentary behaviors.

Objective 1.4: Support aspirin use as primary prevention strategy for cardiovascular disease and stroke for individuals with increased risk. 

1.4.1 Increase the use of aspirin according to evidence-based recommendations for individuals without a history of coronary heart disease or stroke who are at increased risk of ischemic events.

Objective 2.1: Provide consistent, evidence-based, and timely acute care for Minnesotans experiencing: Acute cardiac events (STEMI, SCA) and Stroke

2.1.1 Develop and implement a statewide system of care for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). 
2.1.2 Develop and implement a statewide sudden cardiac arrest system. 
2.1.3 Develop and implement a statewide acute stroke system.
2.1.4 Collect long-term patient outcomes data to use in analysis for ongoing quality improvement efforts.

Objective 2.2: Create an informed Minnesota population that recognizes acute signs and symptoms and understands the need for timely, evidence-based emergency response: Stroke and Acute cardiac events

2.2.1 Disseminate consistent, evidence-based education materials to teach all Minnesotans the signs, symptoms and emergency response to vascular disease events including myocardial infarction and stroke. 
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2.2.2 Identify for health care professionals, evidence-based education materials and programs related to signs and symptoms of acute cardiac and stroke events. 

Objective 3.1: Provide disease risk management interventions to prevent secondary cardiovascular and stroke events and progression of disease.   

3.1.1 Implement patient activation and self-management interventions for artery disease, stroke, peripheral artery disease and venous thromboembolism that are consistent with patients' preferences and values.
3.1.2 Utilize evidence-based models and advanced care planning to support care coordination in preventing disease complications.

Objective 3.2: Prevent avoidable hospital readmissions within 30 days post-hospitalization for cardiovascular disease and stroke patients.  

3.2.1 Redesign patients' care transitions by prioritizing timely, consistent and complete communication between care sites (hospital, clinic, long-term care, home health, hospice) and the associated health care professionals.
3.2.2 Improve medication management and reconciliation for patients upon discharge, through patient education.

If you would like to report current activity around this strategy,
please contact Sueling Schardin at (651) 201-4051 or

Updated Friday, May 09, 2014 at 10:50AM