The grant will be used to:
- enhance stroke care by hospitals
- build information systems
- make Arkansans more aware of ways to prevent stroke
Arkansas is ranked first among the states in the stroke death rate based on data from 2010, the most recent available nationally. Each year, it is estimated that more than 795,000 Americans suffer from a stroke, and about 25 percent of those who are 40 years of age or older die at the time of the stroke or soon after. Among the survivors, some 15 - 30 percent remains permanently disabled.
"We are very pleased to receive this funding to support the Arkansas Stroke Registry and our goal of reducing the number of Arkansans who die of stroke," said Dr. Paul K. Halverson, director and state health officer, Arkansas Department of Health.
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield established the Blue & You Foundation in 2001 as a charitable foundation to promote better health in Arkansas. The Blue & You Foundation is in its 11th year of operation and has awarded more than $16 million to 326 health improvement programs in Arkansas.
Visit www.healthy.arkansas.gov for more information on stroke prevention in Arkansas.