|September 15, 2004|
DEPARTMENT RECEIVES FEDERAL FUNDS TO PREVENT
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director, today announced the Illinois Department of Public Health has been awarded nearly $1.5 million in federal funds to prevent and control heart disease and stroke in Illinois, and lead the six-state Great Lakes Region in establishing a stroke network.
"Heart disease and stroke are, respectively, the first and third leading causes of death and also the major causes of disability," Dr. Whitaker said. "These resources will be used on initiatives designed to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke and improve the quality of lives of Illinois citizens."
In 2002, there were 30,713 deaths in Illinois due to heart disease and 7,171 deaths due to stroke. The total number of deaths from all causes during the year was 106,211.
The Department and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago will collaborate to implement the registry. The Department has received competitive grant funds from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2000 to support a state heart disease and stroke prevention program.
CDC currently funds health departments in 32 states and the District of Columbia to develop effective strategies to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke and related risk factors with an emphasis on heart healthy policies and physical and social environmental changes. Through these state-based programs, CDC aims to reduce disparities in treatment, risk factors and disease; delay the onset of disease; postpone death from cardiovascular disease; and reduce disabling conditions.
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