Sunday, August 3, 2008

Funds for HDSP

The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (HDSP) program at the Mississippi State Department of Health has funds available for federally qualified community health centers to promote system change around cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) principally heart disease and stroke is the leading cause of death in Mississippi, accounting for 10,223 deaths or 36% of all deaths in 2006. CVD mortality rate in the state is the highest in the nation but the death rates are falling but not as much as the national average.

The HDSP program coordinates statewide activities to prevent and control heart disease, stroke, and related complications. This can be accomplished through partnerships, collaborations, public awareness, professional education, community based training, and policy development.

The purpose of this Request for Applications is to assist community health centers to develop, implement, and sustain chronic care model programs to address cardiovascular health. Each applicant must address patient self-management, decision support, delivery system design, linkages with community resources, and clinical information systems.

The HDSP Programs needs to:

  • Improve medical care with data available to see whether the program is successful
  • Align medical practices with evidence-based clinical guidelines to use in daily practice and develop evidence-based programs and health policies to support chronic care
  • Share ideas and knowledge on the program with others
  • Develop a registry with clinically useful and timely information
  • Build care reminders and feedback for providers and patients into the information system

Up to $30,000 from the HDSP program is available and community health centers can apply for a maximum of $10,000. The application deadline is August 25, 2008 and award notification will be made by September 1, 2008.

For more information, go to,0,205.html or contact Augusta Brown (601) 576-7781 or email