This study identified and confirmed policy and system based promising practices in heart disease and stroke prevention. The determination of promising practices is based on evidence that these practices have the potential for public health impact on the burden of heart disease and stroke and are adaptable to other geographic settings. Funded state programs submitted interventions. Two selected interventions were intended to improve emergency response, two were intended to improve control of high blood pressure, and two were intended to improve the quality of care and one to improve the spread of policy and system change across a region. A comprehensive evaluation of each of the selected state-funded interventions was conducted.
One of the seven interventions emerged as a promising practice, and three as practices with promising processes. The evaluation helped identify interventions worth sharing as well as criteria, definitions, and methods for identifying promising practices. Staff responsible for each intervention received a summary report identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the intervention and recommendations to improve the program's outcomes and replicability.
Federal Contact: Susan Ladd 770-488-5448
Performer: RTI International
Record ID: 9221 (Report issued September 29, 2010)