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OTC August 28, 2017
Off the Cuff: Domain 3/Health Systems Updates
Information from state and national partners
Facilitated by the Cardiovascular Health Network of NACDD
Issue 77
August 28, 2017

Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time



Continuing the Community Health Worker Conversation: Building trust to enhance team-based care to address health equity in diabetes and hypertension programs
Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 2 - 4:00 p.m., EDT
Sponsored by: CDC's Achieving Health Equity Across Heart Disease and Diabetes (AHEAD)

This webinar is the first session in a 3-part virtual community of practice focused on community health workers (CHWs). This initial session is titled, “Continuing the CHW Conversation: Building trust to enhance team-based care and address health equity in diabetes and hypertension programs” and will provide an overview of the CHW national landscape and success stories from fellow grantees. Click here to register.

If you have any questions, please email AHEAD@cdc.gov.


Community-Clinical Linkages: Resources and a Story from the Field
Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 1 - 2:00 p.m., EDT

Sponsor: Million Hearts® Collaboration Team

This webinar will include a discussion of CDC’s resources on community-clinical linkages and highlight effective strategies for implementing community-clinical linkages. An example from the field will highlight effective strategies for implementing community-clinical linkages. To register click here. Call-in information: 1-415-655-0003; Access code: 664 703 823



Principles and Best Practices of Data Visualization
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 2 - 3:00 p.m., EDT
Sponsor: TTASC | Training and Technical Assistance Support Center for CDC’s NCCDPHP

Data visualization is an important technique to consider when reporting data and findings. This webinar will explore the theory and practice of data visualization by discussing the importance of and rationale for using data visualization. In addition, the webinar will provide an overview of data visualization best practices and describe how they can be applied. Furthermore, the webinar will demonstrate how to use low-cost tools to develop visualizations based on 1305 and 1422 program data and offer resources to create data visualizations. There will also be a discussion on the distinction between data visualization (employing visual strategies for enhancing how people understand the significance of data) and infographics (graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly). Presenters are Jessie Rouder, ICF and Pablo Topete, ICF.

By the end of this webinar, participants will:
  • Understand how basic data visualization techniques are used
  • Understand the difference between data visualization and infographics
  • Be able to describe how visualizations can be constructed using program data
  • Have resources and tools to create data visualizations
Click here to register for the call.

After you complete the short registration process, a pop-up window with log-in information and a link prompting you to add this call to your calendar will appear on your screen. This link will also be included in an email you will receive from GoToWebinar. Note: this link is individual to you; please do not share with others. Please ensure that you locate the link and add this Webinar to your calendar.



1305/1422 Evaluation and Peer Learning Community (EPLC) Reflections and End-of-Year Recap
September 21, 2017, 2 - 3:00 p.m., EDT
Sponsor: Training and Technical Assistance Support Center for CDC’s NCCDPHP

The EPLCs are forums for sharing evaluation-related experiences, successes, challenges and lessons learned. This month’s call invites learning community members to reflect on the past year’s activities and share strategies to improve the EPLC and Peer Calls moving forward. Active participation is strongly encouraged and we hope you will take a few moments before the call to consider your experiences over the past year and any questions or issues you would like to pose to the TTASC staff or your peers. Click here to contact us. Click here to join the call.

Joining your audio
You will be able to hear the audio when you join Adobe Connect, but in order to actively participate you must deliberately join your phone line. After you join the Adobe Connect platform, you will be prompted to select an audio option. You can either:
  • Have the system call you (preferred method): When you first enter the meeting room during the scheduled time, enter your phone number and let the Adobe system call you. You will then be prompted to press a number to join the meeting.
  • Dial in to the audio conference manually: When you first enter the meeting room during the scheduled meeting time, you will see a menu box with an option to dial in to the audio conference via phone. Select that option and dial in using the number and code provided. You MUST enter an additional code after connecting with the passcode so that the system ties your computer to your audio line. You must scroll down to see your unique code. Your unique code will appear after the following statement: “Once joined to the audio, identify yourself:”

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 Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF): New publications feature cost-effectiveness of self-measured blood pressure monitoring interventions

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recently published a review of the economic evidence along with the recommendation paper for the following interventions that help improve blood pressure control:
The published literature can be accessed through their website: What is self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP)?
SMBP monitoring involves training patients to use validated, and usually automated, blood pressure measurement devices on a regular basis in familiar settings, typically their homes. Patients share their blood pressure readings with their healthcare provider during medical visits, by telephone, or electronically. These measurements are monitored and used in treatment decisions to improve blood pressure control.



From CDC: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on Use of Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Among Heart Attack Survivors — 20 States and the District of Columbia, 2013 and Four States, 2015

The August 25, 2017 focused on use of cardiac rehabilitation. With limitations the findings indicate the following:
“Health system interventions to promote cardiac rehab referral and use, supported by access to affordable rehab programs within the community, should be prioritized to improve outcomes and prevent recurrent events. Given that overall cardiac rehab use was low, improvement in referral is needed; however, populations with lower use of cardiac rehab, such as women, those with lower levels of education, and minority populations should be further assessed to determine barriers to the use of cardiac rehab. Some strategies that might improve use of cardiac rehab include higher payment for rehab by insurers, eliminating or reducing copays for patients, extending cardiac rehab clinic hours to improve access, as well as providing standardized referrals coupled with linkage to cardiac rehab staff member liaisons at hospital discharge or by primary care providers and cardiologists. In addition, patients who have experienced a heart attack should be made aware of the availability of alternative models of cardiac rehab, such as telehealth and home-based rehab, to reduce the barriers related to transportation and responsibilities at home or work.”



From TTASC | Training and Technical Assistance Support Center for CDC’s NCCDPHP: Slides and resources from August 18, 2017 call: Using GIS Maps and Dashboards to Evaluate Health Disparities

Click here for the slides from the call. The following are links to resources that were shared during the call:
Chronic Disease GIS Exchange
County level data to download and map



From the NACDD CVH and Diabetes Teams: Peer–to-Peer Program is recruiting learners

The CVH and Diabetes Councils are recruiting learners to participate in the next cohort of the Peer-to-Peer Program, which will begin September 2017. We have very limited space for learners this year so we will take the first registrants in each of the categories below until we reach capacity.

2017-2018 Timeline for Peer-to-Peer Program
August 31, 2017- Registration for Learners closes
September 21, 2017 - Program begins—Kick-Off Call
June 30, 2018 - Program ends

Who qualifies?
New state staff working on diabetes and CVH 1305/1422 strategies with two years or less experience working in their position are eligible for the program.

How to participate
If you are interested in the opportunity to connect with a peer, please fill out the
NACDD 2017-2018 Peg Adams Peer to Peer Program Participation Form for Learners by August 31st. If you have any questions, please e-mail Tiffany Pertillar.


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