Strategies 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.

Strategy from the 2011-2020 Minnesota Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Plan

American Heart Association
Promotes signs and symptoms and calling 9-1-1 in all of their health messaging such as American Heart Month (February), American Stroke Month (May), CPR National Week (June) and in all campaigns and initiatives.

Contact: Elizabeth Warmka
Website: American Heart Association

CPR Training in Schools Bill
In 2012, Governor Mark Dayton signed the CPR Training in Schools bill (HF 2329/SF 1908) into law.  With this bill, Minnesota students between grades 7 and 12 will receive hands-only CPR training at least once before they graduate. The training can occur in as little as 30 minutes and local volunteer fire fighters and EMTs can assist with the training. The bill will be implemented for the 2014-15 school year.

Contact: Justin Bell
Website: Minnesota Session Laws Chapter 206--H.F. No. 2506

Division of Indian Work - Heart of Many Nations*
The Heart of Many Nations curriculum was developed by American Indian community members, health care providers and the Minnesota Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit to address heart attack disparities. The Division Indian Work has implemented the program in the Twin Cities and Red Lake Minnesota.

Contact: Division of Indian Work
Phone: (612) 722-8722
Website: Heart of Many Nations

Hannah's Law
Hannah's Law requires CPR training for childcare providers.

Website: Minnesota Session Laws Chapter 23--H.F. No. 235

Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium

The Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium is a collaborative effort supported by the Medtronic Foundation HeartRescue Project to increase sudden cardiac arrest survival rates by connecting bystander, prehospital and hospital initiatives.

Contact: Kim Harkins
Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium

Minnesota Stroke Partnership
The Minnesota Stroke Partnership (MSP)is a coalition of stroke experts who collaborate to recommend and implement key strategies to reduce the burden of stroke in Minnesota. Their mission is to raise awareness of stroke, promote stroke prevention, and improve systems of stroke care throughout Minnesota. In 2011, MSP created and supported stroke awareness public service announcements in multiple languages on KFAI radio.

Website: Minnesota Stroke Partnership

Public Education and Messaging Work Group

Contact: Jim Peacock
Phone: (651) 201-5405

Hospitals and Professional Education Work Group

Contact: Al Tsai
Phone: (651) 201-5413

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

*Addresses health disparities


Updated Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:09AM