Disease Prevention in Mississippi

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in the Mississippi Delta
This ongoing project was part CDC’s work to assist Mississippi for targeted improvement of cardiovascular disease outcomes. Our team used the PRISM mode (Prevention Impacts simulation Model) to estimate the impact of various public health interventions on intermediate risk factor prevalence and long-term disease outcomes. The model was used in many communities, but Mississippi was among those chosen for more in-depth work to understand where the best ‘bank for the buck’ could be had in terms of intervention effectiveness.

Several groups of multi-function stakeholders were convened in the Delta to develop a vision of a Healthy Delta, to understand what resources were already being brought to bear, system-wide, and to identify higher leverage opportunities to make marked improvements for the people of Mississippi. The meetings resulted in a core group of local leaders developing and agreeing to a shared strategic action plan.

The approach and results of this project were published in a paper.
Honeycutt, AA, Wile, K, Dove, C, Hawkins, J, and Orenstein, D. “Strategic Planning for Chronic Disease Prevention in Rural America: Looking Through a PRISM Lens”. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2014; 00(00), 1-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25084535

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