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Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

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Heart disease and stroke are the second and fourth leading causes of death in Alaska. The goal of Alaska’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program is to maintain and build the state’s capacity to improve the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health of all Alaskans.  Collaborating with other state programs such as Obesity Prevention and Control, Diabetes Prevention and Control, Health Promotion, and Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control is an important part of this goal.

Heart Disease and Stroke Facts Sheets

Burden Reports

Program History

In December 1998, the Alaska Division of Public Health developed a comprehensive plan to reduce heart disease and stroke (cardiovascular disease) in Alaska.  The Take Heart Alaska Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Plan was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association, Alaska Health Fair, and representatives from hospitals, tribal organizations, and governmental offices, and with help from experts in cardiology, wellness, nutrition, and physical activity.  Starting in October 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began providing the State of Alaska with a grant to address cardiovascular health in the state. 

Take Heart Alaska Coalition

Alaska’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program provides staffing and support for the statewide coalition, Take Heart Alaska.  Take Heart Alaska is a partnership of agencies, organizations, and individuals working to promote cardiovascular health, prevent cardiovascular disease and improve cardiovascular care.  The membership includes participants from state and local governments, private businesses, the medical community, non-profit organizations, schools, and individual community members. 

The mission of Take Heart Alaska is to improve the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health of all Alaskans.  This is accomplished by advocating for individual and community commitment to healthy lifestyles, improving access to preventive and treatment services, and promoting evidence-based practice in the health care community.  The Take Heart Alaska coalition coordinates its efforts with other coalitions addressing cardiovascular related concerns including Eat Smart Alaska, Alaskans Promoting Physical Activity (APPA), the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance, and the Obesity Prevention and Control Workgroup.  Take Heart Alaska works with communities, worksites, schools, health care providers, public health leaders and others interested in the health of Alaskans and improving the systems to carry out its mission.

Take Heart Alaska Publications

Informative Links

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:
Janice Gray, Nurse Consultant/Program Manager
Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program

Division of Public Health
Department of Health and Social Services
P.O. Box 110614
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0614
(907) 465-8670

Email the Section of Chronic Disease Prevention
and Health Promotion:

hss.cdphp@alaska.gov