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Off the Cuff - November 13, 2017
Off the Cuff: Domain 3/Health Systems Updates
Information from state and national partners
Facilitated by the Cardiovascular Health Network of NACDD
Issue 86
November 13, 2017

From the CVH Leadership Team

Janice Gray, Alaska

Reminder: Nominations for CVH Network Leadership Team due November 22
The Chair-elect, four At-Large members, and representatives for the NACDD Government Affairs and Professional Development Committees are the positions available for nominations. We would like to make sure we have a strong, committed, and diverse team. This is a great opportunity to recognize and provide a national leadership opportunity for outstanding Domain 3 staff. Most positions require only one hour per month for meetings.

A detailed overview of the Leadership Team and positions is available here. Please submit your nominations using the form by Wednesday, November 22. MaryCatherine Jones will follow up after the nomination period closes to affirm nominees' interest in serving on the Leadership Team, answer their questions about the group, and request a bio from each candidate.

Please feel free to contact me at with questions about the Leadership Team. You may also contact NACDD consultant, MaryCatherine Jones, at with questions about the Leadership Team or nomination process.

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD, and National Partners

From CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

The 2017 Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults co-led by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association is scheduled to be released today, Monday, November 13, 2017. This guideline updates the Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC 7).

CDC will be examining all the updated recommendations closely and will provide guidance after its release. Any updates to the guideline will not affect the current reporting requirements relevant to the work of grantees funded by CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

From: CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and NACDD’s CVH Team
Register now for the December GIS Virtual Training

CDC, NACDD, and Rice University are offering three webinar-based trainings on a range of GIS skills that will support the work of health department staff towards chronic disease surveillance and prevention. The third training, Polishing Your Maps with Cartographic Best Practices, will take place December 5-12. Each training is during regular business hours over the course of one week and will include a combination of webinars, assignments and office hours, with an expected participation commitment of 10 hours. Participants enroll on a first-come, first-served until all spaces are filled, with 25 spaces per training. Registration opens at 1:30 p.m. ET, Monday, November 13th. For details on the training series and to register, please visit the NACDD GIS webpage.

GIS Day is coming on November 15!
Join the Twitter storm by sharing your chronic disease GIS maps, posters, and reports! See the NACDD GIS page for sample tweets and important tips.

From CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Seeking health systems to implement Hypertension Management Program

NORC is supporting the CDC DHDSP to identify innovative multi-site health systems that would be interested in nominating themselves for an opportunity to participate in the replication and implementation of a Hypertension Management Program (HMP). In particular, we are seeking health systems that primarily work with underserved patients. More information about the project, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the attached letter from CDC and project flyer. If you have questions or would prefer to speak with us about this request, please contact NORC at (301) 634-5472 or

From: Janet S. Wright MD, FACC, Executive Director, Million Hearts®, CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Announcing the 2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions

This year, CDC recognized 24 Champions from across the United States. Together, these dedicated professionals cared for more than 1.2 million adults and achieved blood pressure control for, on average, more than 70% of their patients. These remarkable results, combined with those of the 59 Champions recognized since 2012, will help protect millions from heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in America.

The 2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions are:
  • Anming Luo, Physician, PC; New York, New York
  • Charles King Chan, M.D.; New York, New York
  • Citrus Health Network, Inc.; Hialeah, Florida
  • Erwin Mermelstein, M.D., FACC; East Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Greater Elgin Family Care Center; Elgin, Illinois
  • Jeffrey James Lim, M.D., FACP; Guymon, Oklahoma
  • LifeLong Medical Care Downtown Oakland Health Center; Berkeley, California
  • Lorain County Health & Dentistry; Lorain, Ohio
  • Lynn Community Center; Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Maninder S. Kohli, M.D., FACP; Hinsdale, Illinois
  • Michael Andrew Cooper; M.D.; Flower Mound, Texas
  • Michael Richter, M.D.; New York, New York
  • New West Physicians; Golden, Colorado
  • North Hudson Community Action Corporation Health Center; West New York, New Jersey
  • OhioHealth Primary Care Physicians, Eagleton; Columbus, Ohio
  • Plymouth Family Physicians; Plymouth, Wisconsin
  • River Hills Community Health Center; Ottumwa, Iowa
  • Rural Medical Services, Inc.; Newport, Tennessee
  • Rush University Medical Group; Chicago, Illinois
  • Sanford Health Clinics; Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group; San Diego, California
  • Southwest Orlando Family Medicine, P.L.; Orlando, Florida
  • The Wright Center for Primary Care; Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
  • WellOne Primary Medical & Dental Care; Pascoag, Rhode Island
As in previous years, this group of Champions runs the gamut from large health systems to small and solo practices. The majority of our Champions serve underserved populations, and many of these practices work closely with Million Hearts® partners. This year’s Champions are collaborating with state and local health departments and participating in EvidenceNOW, CMS’ Quality Improvement Networks, Medicare Shared Savings Program, Pioneer ACOs, or the Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model. Nine Champions are Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Their stories of success reveal the power of accessible and actionable data, team-care, and aligned incentives, all brought to bear on the practice’s high priority: hypertension control for all. Saving lives through better blood pressure control has been a longstanding priority for Million Hearts®. By recognizing the Champions’ excellence and sharing their lessons learned, we aim to help other health care professionals achieve the same success in communities nationwide.

We encourage you to visit the Million Hearts® website and share these evidence-based tools and resources with your colleagues and partners to improve blood pressure control. Finally, please join me and Dr. Fitzgerald, CDC Director, in celebrating the remarkable achievements of our 2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions.

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