Preventing a Lifetime of Disability – A CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Success Story
Across the United States, someone has a new or recurrent stroke every 40 seconds, for a total of 795,000 strokes a year. Strokes are now the nation’s fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of long-term disability. In 2009, death and disability from strokes cost an estimated $68.9 billion in patient care and rehabilitative expenses across the country.
Minutes count when it comes to saving lives and preventing long-term disability from strokes. Because more than half of stroke patients who come to the emergency room arrive by ambulance, health officials in Georgia are working to improve coordination between emergency medical services (EMS) first responders and hospitals. This approach saves lives, lowers medical costs, and improves quality of life outcomes for patients.
Learn how the Georgia Department of Community Health Division of Public Health partnered with community groups to offer training and certification in how to recognize stroke symptoms and give patients fast, appropriate treatment.
Advanced Stroke Life Support Initiative
The Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant supports prevention efforts in 50 states, the District of Columbia, 8 US territories, and 2 American Indian tribes. It is managed by the Division of Population Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments. For more information, go to http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant.
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