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Activities

2017 Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Conference

The Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke hosted their Annual Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Conference on Friday, October 6, in Live Oak. The goal of the conference is to increase awareness and educate stroke survivors and caregivers on social and systems resources available to them within the stroke system of care.  

Dr. Ronald Stewart, Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio offered the keynote. 

The agenda and presentations from the conference are available below.  

Conference Agenda 

Conference Presentations
1. Keynote
2. Telespeech Therapy (Coming Soon) 
3. The Tell Tale Sign of Caregivers Stress
4. International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative 
5. Navigating Medicare Post Stroke 
6. National Stroke Association

Heart Attack and Stroke Data Collection Initiative

Find the latest reports and data on heart attack and stroke in Texas by clicking here.

HMO Recognition Program

In 2015, the Heart Disease and Stroke Program with support from the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (Council) started the HMO Recognition Program to encourage improvements in cardiac measures.

Health Plans are recognized for meeting or exceeding the national average on Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Informational Set (HEDIS) performance measures for controlling high blood pressure and the persistent use of beta-blocker treatment after a heart attack. The Guide to Texas HMO Quality, an annual report on HMO Quality Measures, is used to select HMOs for meeting performance measures.

2017 HMO Recognition Program – Award Winners

  • CIGNA Healthcare of Texas, Inc. (South Texas)
    Measure: persistent use of beta-blocker treatment after heart attack 
  • Community First Health Plans (San Antonio)
    Measure: controlling high blood pressure
  • Humana Health Plan of Texas (Austin & San Antonio)
    Measure: controlling high blood pressure
  • Scott and White Health Plan (Central TX) ­­
    Measure: controlling high blood pressure

Texas Ramp Project Recognition

At the Council Meeting on May 24, 2017, the Council recognized the Texas Ramp Project for its work in building ramps for Texans in need across the state. The Texas Ramp Project, a volunteer-staffed, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, non-denominational, non-governmental organization, builds wheelchair ramps for disabled or elderly people in need. 

Since 1985, the Texas Ramp Project has built 12,717 ramps and volunteers have spent over 382,000 hours building these ramps.  To learn more about the Texas Ramp Project, go to www.texasramps.org.

Past Activities

The Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke in partnership with the Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Program hosted a Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Conference on Friday, May 6, in Austin. The Council’s purpose with the conference was to increase stroke survivors', caregivers', and healthcare providers’ awareness of services and support systems available in our communities, and identify ways to enhance them. 

Conference topics included how to prevent another stroke, stress management, respite care and more.  

Dr. Robert K. Lee, Medical Director of Stroke and Neurological Recovery at St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital offered the keynote, Connecting Families and Professional Caregivers to Resources

Conference agenda and presentations are available below for download.

 

Last updated October 20, 2017