Improve cerebrovascular and cardiovascular health for all Kentuckians.
Utilization of Evidence-Based Prevention Strategies
Utilization of Evidence-Based Integrated Cerebrovascular and Cardiovascular Health Delivery Systems
Secure Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes to Improve the Cerebrovascular and Cardiovascular Health of Kentuckians
The Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force was developed in 2006 to address cardiovascular disease in the Commonwealth. The Task Force is comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders committed to the goal of improving the health of Kentucky citizens. The initial membership included 27 individuals representing 14 agencies; the Task Force currently has 419 members representing 194 diverse agencies.
The Task Force is represented by health systems, emergency medical organizations, community-based and professional organizations, businesses, higher level educational institutes and local and state government agencies. The future direction of Kentucky’s cardiovascular health was developed in a collaborative approach by the Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force and the Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program. The goal of the Task Force is to improve Kentucky’s cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health.
Strategic Map and Plan
Who We Are
The purposes of the Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force include, through a network of public and private partners, is to improve the outcomes of Kentuckians suffering from heart disease or stroke. The Task Force is represented by health systems, emergency medical organizations, community-based and professional organizations, businesses, higher level educational institutes and local and state government agencies. Currently the Task Force has 419 members representing 194 diverse agencies across the Commonwealth. Disciplines represented in the Task Force include but are not limited to; physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, health educators, dietitians, diabetes educators, nutritionists, community health workers, health care navigators, social workers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and lay personnel.
What We Do
The Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force, in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, is leading this collaborative effort to transform our state’s cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health approaches and practices. This is accomplished by utilizing collaborative workgroups to turn knowledge into behavioral change and to increase the use of evidenced based guidelines for health systems change.
The Task Force intends to be the collaborative driving force behind the reduction of mortality and morbidity of cardiovascular disease in Kentucky. It will accomplish its purpose by increasing public awareness of heart disease and stroke and related issues in the community, identifying and eliminating disparities that affect the health outcomes of Kentuckians, providing education about cardiovascular disease and its management, serving as a link between the community and heart disease and stroke care and supportive resources, utilizing cardiovascular data to prioritize coalitions goals and activities, building coalition and increasing diversity of its members and being a catalyst for enhancing activities of other organizations promoting health and well-being of all Kentuckian’s with cardiovascular disease.
In 2020, the partnership released the fourth iteration of the Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention State Action Plan 2020-2023. This plan outlines objectives and strategies built on the dedication and collaboration among communities and healthcare professionals to address heart disease and stroke in the Commonwealth. The plan delineates the strategies and objectives developed to continue to address prevention and treatment improvements through policy and systems changes to improve the cardiovascular health of Kentucky. The Action Plan serves as the guiding document and foundation for the Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program and the statewide Task Force.