The North Carolina HDSP Program
In 1998, North Carolina was awarded funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement a state-based cardiovascular health program, now called the North Carolina Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program (N.C. HDSP Program). In 2002, the CDC awarded North Carolina continuation funding for this program through 2007.
The N.C. HDSP Program focuses on systems-level change to create communities, work places, schools, and health care systems that are supportive of cardiovascular health promotion and cardiovascular disease prevention.
Because of the complexity and prevalence of cardiovascular diseases and risk factors, it takes multiple programs working together to make a difference. The N.C. HDSP Program seeks to work with multiple partner organizations - both public and private - in settings across the state to address physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, tobacco use, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and overweight/obesity, as well as emergency response and acute health care systems for heart attack and stroke.
- Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force – charged with overseeing the implementation of the CDC-funded HDSP Program and the strategies in the North Carolina Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke.
- CVH Data Unit – established by the Task Force to address the need for reliable data to answer questions raised by the work of the Task Force, including the incidence of cardiovascular disease and related risk factors in North Carolina.
- Start With Your Heart – Public Awareness Campaign to deliver simple messages to begin to motivate North Carolinians to improve their health behaviors and know their numbers for blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as the warning signs of heart attack and stroke.
- Strike Out Stroke – Program targeting high risk populations to improve hypertension awareness and control and recognition of the warning signs of stroke.
- N.C. Cardiovascular Health Program – North Carolina was one of the first two states in the nation to receive comprehensive ($1.25 million per year) funding from the CDC in 1998 for a program to change policies and environments to create communities supportive of heart health.
- Tri-State Stroke Network – The eastern counties of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia are known as the “buckle” of the Stroke Belt. A Summit in 1999 drew attention to this geographic disparity and resulted in the establishment and funding of a Tri-State Stroke Network, coordinated by the N.C. HDSP Program.
- North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative (NCSCC) – In 2004, North Carolina was one of four states funded by the CDC to implement an Acute Stroke Registry. The purpose of the NCSCC is to monitor and improve the quality of Acute Stroke Care.
- N.C. Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch (TPCB) – The branch works to improve the health of North Carolina residents by building the capacity of diverse organizations and communities to carry out effective programs. The HDSP Task Force works with TPCB to reduce exposure to tobacco in North Carolina and to achieve the following goals.
- Prevent youth tobacco use and access to tobacco.
- Promote and support quitting among tobacco users.
- Promote smoke free environments.
- Reduce disparities by improving the health-related norms of populations more adversely affected by tobacco use.
If you'd like more information about the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force or any of the topics or issues mentioned on this site,
Start With Your Heart
HDSP Branch, Division of Public Health
1915 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1915