Strategies 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.

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

American Heart Association
The American Heart Association offers a free, online risk assessment to the public called My Life Check.


Health Risk Assessment Vendors

The following organizations offer Health Risk Assessments and consultations to businesses: Medica, HealthPartners JourneyWEll, AdvantageHealth, PreferredOne, Mayo Clinic Health Solutions, BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota and StayWell.

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement - Primary Prevention of Chronic Disease Guidelines
Guidelines, order sets and protocols related to maintaining good health, immunizations, or preventing illness or disease development.


The Presidents Network
The mission of The President's Network (TPN) is relentless commitment to creative and sustainable worksite health programs that stem the rising cost of health care, increase productivity, and enhance the quality of life of American workers and their families. TPN is working on necessary policy and systems level changes in worksites to create and advance employee and employer health with a major focus on cardiovascular health and associated risk factors. TPN is working with MDH and BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota.

Contact: Don Klassen
Phone: (612) 868-9816

MDH - Aging & Athritis Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)
CDSMP is an effective self-management education program for people with chronic health problems. The program specifically addresses arthritis, diabetes, lung and heart disease, but teaches skills useful for managing a variety of chronic diseases. Participants who took CDSMP demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, ability to do social and household activities, less depression, fear and frustration or worry about their health, reduction in symptoms like pain, and increased confidence in their ability to manage their condition.

Contact: Pam York
Phone: (651) 201-3616

MDH - Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives*

Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)
SHIP works to prevent disease before it starts by helping create healthier communities that support individuals seeking to make healthy choices in their daily lives. SHIP works on the areas of community, school, workplace and health care toward sustainable, systemic changes that create widespread, lasting results.  Instead of focusing on individual behavior change that may be hard to maintain over time, SHIP makes sustainable changes that support individual choices about health.  SHIP 1.0 funded all 53 Community Health Boards and 9 out of 11 tribal governments throughout the state.  The current SHIP 2.0 grant funds 17 Community Health Boards and 1 tribal government. Six grantees are working on health care strategies.


Community Transformation Grant (CTG)
CTG in Minnesota is helping control health care spending and create a healthier future by decreasing chronic diseases through decreasing exposure to tobacco, increasing physical activity and healthy eating, and improving health care preventative services.  In 2011 Minnesota was awarded $3.6 million per year for five years for CTG by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The five-year CTG project period runs through September 2016.

CTG will support health improvement activities in local communities, building on strengths, minimizing duplication of efforts and maximizing impact.  Five current grantees with a high need and proven capacity were chosen, representing a large region of Northern Minnesota:
- Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis-Aitkin-Itasca-Koochiching
- Clay-Wilkin-Becker-Otter Tail
- Leech Lake Tribal Community
- Morrison-Todd-Wadena-Cass
- North Country-Polk-Mahnomen-Norman


St. Elizabeth's Medical Center Wellness Works Program

St. Elizabeth’s Wellness Center offers coordinated package of services designed to intervene early and reduce risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Contact: Paula Thompson
Phone: (651) 565-5568

University of Minnesota Community Pharmacy Project
A pharmacy coordinated program to enhance medication use in chronic cardiovascular disease in a rural Minnesota community is being implemented in Marshall, MN. The project aims to create a community-wide cooperative of a health-system, pharmacies and employers focused on enhancing cardiovascular health.

Contact: Jeannine Conway

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

*Addresses health disparities


Updated Thursday, 11-Jul-2013 09:39:18 CDT