The study collected and analyzed health care organizations´ heart disease and stroke prevention policies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded programs in 32 States and the District of Columbia to promote cardiovascular health and prevent morbidity and mortality due to heart disease and stroke. To provide expertise and support to States in developing and evaluating policies, researchers for this two-year project convened an expert panel to offer guidance on project tasks. Project activities included completing a literature review, conducting interviews and focus groups, developing an evaluation framework for policies, and collecting and analyzing data on policies.
Researchers developed an annotated bibliography of State heart disease and stroke prevention policy and activity sources, a centralized database for State policies, a guide to the fundamentals of heart disease and stroke prevention policymaking, and a handbook on how to evaluate these policies. These products enable States to easily find relevant policy information and determine whether the policies are applicable and replicable in their locations. The online resources can be updated with new policies added and existing policies revised. By also offering a tool for policy assessment, the handbook supports State programs in their policy development, implementation, and evaluation decisions. The evidence-based methods highlight "what to do" and "what not to do" for State grantees and other stakeholders that wish to develop and evaluate heart disease and stroke prevention policies.
Report Title: Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Policy Project. http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/dhdspleg/
Agency Sponsor: CDC, Centers for Disease Control
Federal Contact: Julie Zajac, 404-498-4381
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
PIC ID: 8300