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Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes

These resources are intended for our partners and local health departments working in the following areas: 1) obesity prevention, nutrition (including healthy retail), and school health, and 2) heart disease, stroke, and diabetes prevention and control.

Obesity Prevention, Nutrition, Physical Activity, School Health Heart Disease Prevention and Stroke Diabetes Prevention

Asthma and Physical Activity at School

This easy-to-read booklet is perfect for teachers, coaches, and families who want to help students with asthma take part in sports and physical activities. Discusses how to help students control their asthma and follow an asthma action plan. Also explains how to manage asthma triggers, ensure students have access to their asthma medicines, recognize worsening asthma symptoms and take action, and modify activities based on a child's asthma status.

CDC Asthma Control Program

Find resources for school and childcare providers such as guidelines for Managing Asthma: A Guide for Schools, toolkits, and specific resources around medication information.

CDC Local School Wellness Policy (LSWP)

Explore the requirements for LSWPs and find resources on how to improve your district's school wellness policies.

Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP)

A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) is a multi-component approach by which school districts and schools use all opportunities for students to be physically active, meet the nationally recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day, and develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime.

Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations (PDF)

This document includes guidelines to assist contractors in increasing healthy food and beverage choices and sustainable practices in federal worksites. The guidelines are designed to make healthier choices more available in cafeterias, concession stands, snack bars, and vending machines.

Improving the Food Environment Through Nutrition Standards: A Guide for Government Procurement (PDF)

This document provides practical guidance to states and localities for use when developing, adopting, implementing, and evaluating a food procurement policy.

Managing Food Allergies in Schools

Find CDC's Voluntary Guidelines to Manage Food Allergies in Schools and Early Child Education Programs as well as a toolkit, including tip sheets, podcasts, and webinars for staff, to assist with guideline implementation.

Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Program

Find resources including free asthma action plans for school district in various language here.

Smart Food Choices: How to Implement Food Service Guidelines in Public Facilities (PDF)

This guide includes action steps to help you implement food service guidelines in your government work site or other public facility to increase the availability of healthier food and beverage options at food service venues, including cafeterias, concession stands, snack bars, and vending machines.

Tips for Offering Health Options and Physical Activity at Workplace Meetings and Events (PDF)

This document includes tips and resources for increasing healthier food and beverage options at worksite meetings, parties, conferences, and events and for offering physical activity opportunities for employees throughout the workday.

UC Davis Center for Evaluation and Research

Find resources on Environmental Scans and webinars for local health departments.

Hypertension and Health Equity Issue Brief, 2017 (PDF)

CDPH is addressing the issue of hypertension through many initiatives that seek to eliminate these health disparities and achieve the highest level of health equity for all Californians.

​Healthy Hearts California is a dynamic alliance of individuals and organizations working together to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke in the state of California. Through a coordinated and integrated approach, Healthy Hearts California implements planned activities to address the goals and targets of Let's Get Healthy California, The California Wellness Plan, the Million Hearts Initiative, and the American Heart Association's Target: BP Initiative. For more information contact

American Heart Association

Learn more about the American Heart Association's efforts to reduce death caused by heart disease and stroke. Also learn about cardiovascular conditions, ECC and CPR, donating, heart disease information for healthcare professionals, caregivers, and educators and healthy living.

CA Health Workforce Alliance

Look for resources on current topics and policy issues affecting the health workforce as well as information on upcoming conferences.

Community Health Workers Toolkit

CDC has compiled evidence-based research that supports the effectiveness of CHWs in the Community Health Worker Toolkit. The toolkit also includes information that state health departments can use to train and further build capacity for CHWs in their communities, as well as helpful resources that CHWs can use within their communities.

CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report  

CDC highlighted a study in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report in mid-July in which DHDSP analyzed data from 20 states and D.C. on Use of Aspirin for Prevention of Recurrent Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Among Adults. Disparities were found based on age, sex, race/ethnicity, and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk status. The estimates found that interventions targeting specific subgroups, such as those younger than age 65, women, and black and Hispanic patients might reduce disparities in use.

The Community Guide: Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control

Find resources on how to effectively use Team-Based Care to improve blood pressure control, engage community health workers, and more.

Million Hearts® initiative

Learn about the Million Hearts® initiative to save 1 million lives in 5 years. Find information about heart disease and stroke, tools, and proven techniques.

Million Hearts' Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring: Action Steps for Public Health

This document provides action steps for public health practitioners to facilitate the implementation of SMBP plus additional support in five key areas: understanding the environment, working with payers and purchasers, working with health care providers, spreading the word to the public, and monitoring/assessment of SMBP plus additional support implementation.

Million Hearts: Team-Based Care can Improve Blood Pressure (PDF)

A review of 77 studies of team-based care by the Community Preventive Services Task Force showed that patients' control of blood pressure improved when their care was provided by a team of health professionals, rather than by a single physician.

Right Care Initiative - University of Best Practices

The Right Care Initiative, operated by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, was publicly launched with the Department of Managed Health Care, NCQA and the Deans of UC Berkeley and UCLA Schools of Public Health in March 2008.

NEW!  Diabetes Prevention Through Lifestyle Change Programs, 2018 Action Plan 

(PDF, 16.74 MB)

This CDPH action plan is the result of several years of collective work to identify the most efficient and effective steps for combating diabetes and enabling Californians to live healthier lives. The purpose of this action plan is to address the rising prevalence of diabetes in California through increased awareness, availability, and utilization of evidence-based diabetes prevention programs by Californians with prediabetes or at high risk for developing diabetes.

CDC, American Medical Association (AMA), and American Diabetes Association's National Prediabetes Awareness Campaign. Includes the prediabetes risk test, information on the National DPP, healthy tips, campaign TV ads, and more.

CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program

Find the downloadable National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum, including session handouts, in both English and Spanish.

Provides resources to help providers with implementation of Health Information Technology (HIT).

CA Association of Health Information Exchanges (CAHIE)

The California Association of Health Information Exchanges is a statewide group of community and enterprise health information organizations working together to advance safe and secure HIE throughout California.

AMA Steps Forward

The diabetes prevention module presents strategies to help physicians as well as practice staff educate patients about their risk for developing diabetes and refer at risk patients to a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program. This module also addresses the need for helping physicians determine roles and responsibilities and practice flow for diabetes prevention in a clinical setting.

AMA Prevent Diabetes STAT

CDC and the American Medical Association have created a toolkit that health care teams can use as a guide to screen, test and act today by referring patients to in-person or online diabetes prevention programs.

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