CASE STUDY – Attacking Heart Disease in Suffolk County

“Suffolk County is experiencing elevated cardiovascular disease mortality relative to New York State,” explained Dr. Humayun Chaudhry, Commissioner for the Department of Health Services of Suffolk County.
“It has been difficult to get public attention focused on this issue, even though heart disease is far more prevalent than cancer, which tends to get more attention here. We don’t understand why our cardiac death rates are higher than state or national averages… But we can’t be satisfied with the status quo.”

In preparation for this PLEASE READ the attached case study and ANSWER the following questions IN YOUR OWN WORDS.

1. Who are the people who live in Suffolk County? (2 marks)

2. What possible causes could there be for the higher CVD Mortality rate?
(5 marks)

3. The epidemiologist in Suffolk wants you to investigate possible factors linked to the higher CVD rate
a. What study and analysis could you undertake?
b. What data would you need to collect and/or use? (8 marks)

4. a. Suggest an evidence based intervention to improve lifestyle risk factors for cardiovascular disease (3 marks)

b. Present your intervention as a Logic Model (7 marks)