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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.

Stroke Prevention Heart Disease Prevention Diabetes Prevention

Find shareable resources for the community, patients, and health professionals from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program, CDC, Million Hearts®, and our partners.

CDC Vital Signs

Preventing Stroke Deaths

Million Hearts® 2022: Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks and Strokes

CDC Feature Articles

"How to Survive a Stroke"

"Three Steps to Stroke Recovery"

Quiz: Can You Spot the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke?

CDC Stroke Education Fact Sheets

Stroke and You

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Mind Your Risks Campaign


Reducing Cardiovascular Disease Inequities in California: A Partnership Framework for Prevention (PDF)

This fact sheet outlines strategies to prevent cardiovascular disease using the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) model. An overview of each approach, possible interventions, and examples of partners working on each part of the model are included. The fact sheet was prepared by the California Chronic Disease Prevention Leadership Project and includes examples from the 2018, 2019, and planned 2020 Public Health and Healthcare Convenings. It is informed by the CDPH The Burden of Chronic Disease, Injury, and Environmental Exposure, California, 2020, Second Edition Report (PDF).

Electronic Health Records and Health Information Exchange Protocols for Community Partners 

Intrepid Ascent in partnership with CDPH developed protocols and guides to assist community partners in utilizing electronic health records (EHR) and health information exchanges to support the prevention and management of chronic conditions for individuals at-risk for diabetes and heart disease.

EHR Reporting for Patients with Hypertension and Diabetes, and for Identifying At-Risk Patients (PDF)

Guide for Engaging Patients with Prediabetes to Improve Population Health (PDF)

Spotlight on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Heart Disease, April 2019 

Infographic on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Heart Disease (PDF) from the National Center for Health Statistics is now available online on CDC's website. This infographic explores racial and ethnic disparities in heart disease in the U.S. including:

  • Heart disease deaths
  • Reported heart disease prevalence
  • Heart disease risk factors (diabetes, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol)

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.

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.

The California Department of Public Health Diabetes Prevention and Management Report to the California Legislature Recommendations on Diabetes Prevention and Management report

The California Department of Public Health Diabetes Prevention and Management Report to the California Legislature Recommendations on Diabetes Prevention and Management (PDF) report is a report required by Chapter 108, Statutes of 2016 (Assembly Bill No. 2696). Chapter 108, Statues 2016 requires CDPH to submit a report to the Legislature that includes a summary and compilation of recommendations on diabetes prevention and management.  The report summarizes relevant findings and recommendations on diabetes prevention and management that are already available in existing grants and publications.

Diabetes Prevention Through Lifestyle Change Programs, 2018 Action Plan (PDF)

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.

American Medical Association 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.

American Medical Association 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.

CDPH Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health's California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program (CDAPP) 

CDAPP Sweet Success program's purpose is to improve maternal and fetal birth outcomes. CDAPP Sweet Success provides comprehensive technical support and education  to medical personnel and community liaisons to assist in promoting improved pregnancy outcomes for high-risk pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes and women who develop diabetes while pregnant, gestational diabetes mellitus. 

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