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.

Website: 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.

Website: Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement

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
Minnesota Arthritis Program

MDH - Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives*
The Statewide Health Improvement Program (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. Community health boards and tribal governments were invited to apply for competitive SHIP grants in spring 2009 and fall 2011. SHIP works in the areas of community, school, workplace and health care toward sustainable, systemic changes that create widespread, lasting results.

MDH received a federal Community Transformation Grant (CTG) that also supports disease management strategies.

Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives

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 School of Pharmacy
A pharmacy coordinated program to enhance medication use in chronic cardiovascular disease in a rural Minnesota community is being developed for implementation in 2012.

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

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, June 12, 2014 at 06:43AM