NH DHHS - Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Action Plan

Division of Public Health Services Releases State Heart Disease and Stroke

Prevention Action Plan



Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services has released the New Hampshire

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention 2015-2020 Action Plan. Heart disease

and stroke are identified as priorities in the State Health Improvement

Plan 2013–2020 (NH SHIP). In 2013, over 30% of New Hampshire residents

reported that they had been told that they had high blood pressure and more

than 2,300 New Hampshire residents died of coronary heart disease, heart

attack, or stroke.



The State Health Improvement Plan identifies 10 priority areas for

improvement, including heart attack and stroke preventions, and aims to

assist state and community leaders in focusing their work to improve the

public’s health and to promote coordination and collaboration among public

health partners. The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Plan was developed

through the leadership of the Division of Public Health Services to build

upon the SHIP. Public and private partners from agencies and organizations

throughout the State whose work impacts the rates of heart disease, stroke

and/or their risk factors came together to create common goals, objectives,

and action steps in order to achieve the greatest impact. The Plan provides

a framework for action over the next several years for partners to work

together to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke by improving

systems of care and the overall cardiovascular health of residents in

communities across New Hampshire.



“We know that in order to make a significant difference in the lives of so

many Granite Staters and effectively implement this action plan, a

collective impact approach needs to be adopted,” said Dr. José Montero,

Director of Public Health at the DHHS. “Heart disease and stroke are among

the most widespread and costly health problems facing New Hampshire;

however they are also among the most preventable. By working collectively,

we can have our greatest impact on prevention.”



The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Plan includes common goals,

strategies and objectives, and promotes improvement through a collective

impact approach, a group of people working together from a common agenda to

find a solution to a social problem. The New Hampshire Heart Disease and

Stroke Prevention Action Plan is meant to be a living document to guide

health improvement work throughout New Hampshire. It is intended to be used

by healthcare providers, hospitals, community health centers, community

health educators and other public and community partners who work to reduce

the impact of heart disease and stroke in New Hampshire.



To read the report, visit the NH Department of Health and Human Services

website at

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdpc/hdsp/documents/hdsp-action-plan.pdf.