Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Activities 

Working through community, health partners and government, the Arkansas Department of Health strives to provide prevention programs in community, work site, and health care settings. Program activities include:

Arkansas Clinical Transformation (ACT) Collaborative

The Arkansas Clinical Transformation (ACT) Collaborative formerly known as Arkansas Chronic Illness Collaborative (ACIC) is a group of health care and public health professionals dedicated  to improving the management of chronic diseases.

Since 2003, the Collaborative team has provided quality care improvement training to community health clinics, private clinics, and other health-care facilities to improve  health outcomes  for Arkansans living with chronic diseases. Using proven practices, sharing ideas and knowledge, applying new methods  for organizational change, and implementing the Planned Care Model  statewide, members  of ACT are aligning medical practice with evidence-based clinical guidelines. The long-range goal of the collaborative is to maximize the length and quality of life for patients  with  diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, satisfy patient and caregiver needs, and maintain or decrease the cost of care.

Arkansas Wellness Coalition

The Arkansas Wellness Coalition (AWC) is a voluntary partnership of the health care and employer community to improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans through the use of nationally recognized, peer reviewed, clinical guidelines for physician, consumer, and employer education.

In 2011 the Arkansas Department of Health’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Section worked with the Arkansas Wellness Coalition to send out a poster from the National Stroke Association: The Stroke Scorecard for use in waiting or exam rooms to alert patients of risk factors and warning signs and symptoms of stroke.

For copies of recent clinical guidelines and enhancements (stroke scorecard, obesity, colon cancer, adult immunization, diabetes, cholesterol, Joint National Committee 7th Report on High Blood Pressure Education (JNC 7), kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) contact the ADH Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Branch at 501-661-2099. 

Acute Stroke Care Task Force for Arkansas

The Arkansas Acute Stroke Care Task Force (ASCTF) was established through Act 663 during the regular session of the 85th General Assembly.  Act 663 designates twelve members to be appointed by the Director of the Arkansas Department of Health to the Task Force representing the following organizations and constituencies : Arkansas Department of Health, American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association, Arkansas Minority Health Commission, Arkansas Hospital Association, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, Division of Medical Services of the Department of Human Services, Emergency Medical Services, Arkansas Medical Society, medical insurance industry, the Arkansas Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Association, and the community community at large.

The Task Force is charged with coordinating statewide efforts to combat the debilitating effects of strokes on Arkansans, to improve health care for stroke victims and for other purposes through recommendations to the Board of Health, ensuring continued state funding of the ASR and changes in public policy in stroke care. 

The ASCTF meets the first Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the American Heart Association Building, 909 West Second Street, Little Rock, AR.  Meetings are open to the public. 

Cardiovascular Health: More Than Just Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke!”

A comprehensive plan for cardiovascular health (heart disease and stroke) in Arkansas

  • "Cardiovascular Health: More Than Just Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke!” " is a comprehensive plan to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke in Arkansas 2011-2015, 2nd Edition. This plan is the synergistic efforts of the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention’s Coalition. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the nation’s leading cause of death and a major cause of disability, costing the Arkansas economy over $1 billion in hospital charges in 2003. The intent of the State Plan is to provide the framework for moving forward in a new era of addressing heart disease and stroke in Arkansas. To view and download the State Plan, visit the Data Sources link or email us to request a DVD.

EMS Stroke Scale

  • The Arkansas Stroke Registry partners with the Arkansas Department of Health’s Section of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to support the Los Angeles (LA) Stroke Scale.  The software used, incorporates data elements of the LA Stroke Scale into the Pre-Hospital Reports used by ambulance services licensed in Arkansas. Information collected from the updated system allows the Sections to analyze data and provide reports regarding stroke rates, care, 9-1-1 calls, and ambulance response times.  

Arkansas Stroke Registry

  • In 2009, the Arkansas Department of Health’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Section received federal grant funding from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention, and state funding in 2010 through the Acute Stroke Care Task Force to develop and implement a statewide hospital-based stroke registry. The Arkansas Stroke Registry is a database built on information from participating hospitals such as patient emergency transport, diagnosis and treatment data.  The Registry uses the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) program to analyze and identify opportunities to assist hospitals in improving patient care while reducing stroke deaths and disability.   

Million Hearts

Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are the co-leaders of Million Hearts within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working alongside other federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Food and Drug Administration. Key private-sector partners include the American Heart Association, and YMCA, among others.
For more information on Million Hearts, you may view this presentation or visit http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/