Coverdell Stroke Program: Part of the Wisconsin Chronic Disease Prevention Program

Coverdell Stroke Program in Wisconsin

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has funded stroke quality improvement initiatives since 2001, providing competitive grants to state health departments to support the development of stroke systems of care. This funding is called the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Prevention Program (Coverdell), named after Georgia Senator Paul Coverdell who suffered and died of a stroke while serving in Congress.

In 2016, Wisconsin was one of nine states to receive funding. During the five-year Coverdell grant period, the focus will be to demonstrate improvement across stroke systems of care—from EMS response to inpatient care, secondary prevention, and post‐stroke rehabilitation. The program will also work with hospitals and health systems to link and monitor patient‐level data across the continuum of care.

Seven out of Ten People

7 out of 10 strokes occur in people over the age of 65. The risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of 55.

SOURCE: Stroke Facts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accessed August 15, 2016.

2 out of 5 ambulances

2 out of 5 stroke patients arrived at the hospital via emergency medical services (EMS) in 2018. Stroke patients who are transported by EMS receive more timely care.

SOURCE: Get With the Guidelines, 2018.

Stroke and the Wisconsin Chronic Disease Prevention Program

The Wisconsin Chronic Disease Prevention Program (CDPP) works with hospitals, emergency medical services (EMS), and professional organizations across the state to support a healthier Wisconsin by improving the community awareness and the quality of stroke care. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDPP manages several projects to enhance coordinated systems of care, promote clinical best practices, and support patient self-care and health literacy. The goals of Wisconsin’s stroke program are to:

  • Measure, track, and improve the quality of care for all acute stroke patients.
  • Increase public awareness of stroke treatment and prevention.
  • Through secondary prevention, decrease the rate of premature death and disability from acute stroke.
  • Reduce disparities in acute stroke care by providing underserved populations with better access to high-quality care.

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Resources by Settings

Learn about the impact EMS, hospitals, stroke systems of care and communities can make on improving stroke care.

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Emergency Medical Services

Learn what EMS providers across Wisconsin are doing to improve stroke care.

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Want to know what hospitals of various types and sizes are doing to improve stroke care in coordination with Wisconsin’s Coverdell Stroke Program? Learn more here.

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Stroke Systems of Care

Find out how coordinated stroke systems of care—from dispatch and response of emergency medical services (EMS) to transitions home—can improve stroke care.

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Community Stroke Education

Learn to recognize the signs of stroke with the help of BE FAST Bella.

Last Revised: October 16, 2020