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OTC August 22, 2016
Off the Cuff: Domain 3/Health Systems Updates
Information from state and national partners
Facilitated by the Cardiovascular Health Network of NACDD
Issue 30
August 22, 2016

From Your Colleagues
From Alabama Department of Public Health, Debra Hodges, Evaluator
Partnership survey

Alabama is sharing their survey sent to their Million Hearts Collaborative partners to revitalize participation. This documents might be adaptable for your state to use. Thanks Debra!

Webinars & Calls Worth Your Time

Science, Epidemiology and Evaluation Committee Webinar: What's new with Chronic Disease Indicators?
Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 3:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Sponsored by NACDD

Have you visited the Chronic Disease Indicators (CDI) website recently? Have you been able to take full advantages of the CDI web app and data portal? If your answer is no, come and join us for a 20 minutes of live demo for the new look and functions in the updated CDI web app and open data portal. The guest speaker will be Hua Lu, MS, Geographer at CDC.
To register please click here.

Pharmacists Linking with Community Health Teams to Improve Medication Management

Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

Sponsored by the California Department of Public Health

This webinar provides an overview of medication management and how pharmacists can link with local health systems to increase community coordination and improve patient health. Please click here to register.

For more information, contact Bob Thurman, Health Program Specialist, California Department of Public Health

Achieving a Strong Evidence-base for Sustainable Community Health Worker (CHW) Programs
Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Sponsored by Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

This is the second webinar in the Community Health Worker Call Series. This webinar focuses on integrating CHWs into the public health and healthcare workforce as a growing strategy for increasing health equity and access and improving population health, while decreasing costs. ASTHO, with funding from HRSA, will host an interactive panel discussion to highlight issues related to evaluating of CHW programs. This webinar will provide an overview of CHW evaluation, describe the CHW Common Indicators Project, and highlight action steps that participants can take to capture the contributions of CHWs in their individual settings.

Webinar objectives:
  • Develop a broad understanding of the current status of CHW evaluation.
  • Understand health outcomes CHWs help to accomplish and how they are accomplished.
  • Become familiar with a national initiative intended to identify common process and outcome indicators for CHW practice.
  • Identify and reflect on the tasks and action steps that participants can apply in their own settings.
Speakers include: Terry Mason, PhD, Noelle Wiggins, EdD, MSPH, Edith Kieffer, MPH, PhD and Leticia Rodriguez Garcia, CHW, MPHc.
Click here to register.

Establishing Effective Data Use Agreements
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Sponsored by TTASC

Data use or data sharing agreements are a necessary component to acquiring data to inform state evaluation activities. This webinar will share best practices on developing data use agreements, including example language, common pitfalls and solutions to establishing these agreements.
By the end of this Webinar, participants will learn:
  • Best practices on how to develop data use agreements
  • Example language for data use agreements
  • Common pitfalls and solutions to creating data use agreements
Click here to register. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to

Partners in Health—Developing Collaborations between Public Health and Schools of Pharmacy
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Sponsored by American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and CDC

Participants will learn about successful collaborations between state health departments and pharmacy schools, including an overview of chronic disease prevalence, trends, etc. during this time of healthcare transformation. To register please click here. Audio options: Conference line: 1-855-644-0229, passcode: 4937505#

We highlight events we think are especially worth your time but there is a lot going on! Keep up using the Chronic Disease Events Calendar. The webinars in darker type are more directly related to Domain 3/Health Systems.

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD and National Partners

From the CVH Team at NACDD
Past issues of Off the Cuff are now searchable on the NACDD website

Back issues of Off the Cuff are posted on the NACDD website. To search for items in OTC use the NACDD site search box that appears on most NACDD web pages on the upper left above the green menu - it looks like this:
Enter search criteria...

Entering several search terms gives results that contain any of the terms. To narrow your search, put the terms in quotes.

From National Forum, AHA and The Million Hearts Collaboration
August Messaging Campaign

This Back to School issue focuses on:
  • Social media messages
  • Newsletter article template
  • Million Hearts Partner Resources - Remind Families about the ABCS of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Healthcare Delivery, Payment Reform, and Health IT - FYI

Population Health Management Software: An Opportunity to Advance Primary Care and Public Health Integration Report
From Public Health Informatics Institute and CDC

This report seeks to provide guidance to health care providers and public health agencies on the selection and use of Population Health Management (PHM) products and the data they can provide. The report defines a population health management product as software that integrates or exchanges data with Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems and generates aggregate information on a group of patients to improve chronic disease care and clinical outcomes. This report limited products to only those created by vendors who were not also EHR vendors.

The project utilized two evaluation methods: 1. PHM product assessment based on review of vendor materials and interviews and 2. Key informant interviews of PHM product endusers and public health representatives to identify themes related to improved chronic disease surveillance and patient outcomes.

PHM product assessment criteria were organized into 6 domains: 1) identifying patient subpopulations, 2) examining detailed characteristics of patient subpopulations, 3) creating and sending notifications, 4) tracking clinical performance measures, 5) integrating data, and 6) sharing data with external systems.

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