Cardiovascular diseases and diabetes account for three of the top ten leading causes of death in Alabama.1 Additionally, according to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data, 40.4 percent of Alabama adults have been diagnosed with hypertension (2015)2, and
14.6 percent have been diagnosed with diabetes (2016)3. To sustain efforts, support systems, and implement new and improved present initiatives to combat these troublesome rates, the Cardiovascular and Diabetes Programs of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is respectfully requesting your review and support of this application for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant—Improving the Health of Americans Through Prevention and Management of Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke (DP18-1815PPHF18).
The activities proposed for this project would include the continuance and improvement of several past activities funded under the 1305 grant. In addition, it would also include the implementation of new activities targeting health professionals, health organizations, large employers, non-traditional health team members, and those with or at risk for diabetes and hypertension in Alabama. Project activities are related to ten evidence-based strategies to prevent and manage cardiovascular disease and diabetes in high-burden populations/communities. The Cardiovascular strategies focus on identifying patients at risk and undiagnosed, prevention, and management. The Diabetes strategies focus on diabetes management, pharmacy initiatives, and
Type 2 diabetes prevention. Both programs’ plan will offer mini grants to healthcare organizations, pharmacists, Public Health Districts, and other community entities to help achieve the greatest reach and impact.
1. ADPH Center for Health Statistics (2017). Alabama Vital Statistics at a Glance, 2015.
2. ADPH-Alabama BRFSS (2016). Percent of Alabamians Diagnosed with Hypertension, 2015.
3. ADPH-Alabama BRFSS (2017). BRFSS 2016 Core Questions Data Report Summary- Diabetes.