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OTC August 8, 2016
Off the Cuff: Domain 3/Health Systems Updates
Information from state and national partners
Facilitated by the Cardiovascular Health Network of NACDD
Issue 28
August 8, 2016

From Miriam Patanian, CVH Team Lead

We're baaaack! After our July hiatus, Off the Cuff is returning to our normal weekly or as needed schedule. If you have any questions you'd like to ask your colleagues, or if you have any successes or tips you think others could benefit from having, please email me and we'll post them in Off the Cuff. This is your newsletter and we remain committed to keeping it helpful to you.
I can be reached at We hope you have time for some rest and relaxation during the remainder of summer!

Webinars & Calls Worth Your Time

Overview of the Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) Community Health Worker (CHW) Toolkit

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 2:30 - 3:00 pm ET
Sponsored by Applied Research and Evaluation Branch, DHDSP, CDC

Join us for a 20-minute coffee break on the resources available in the DHDSP CHW toolkit, the next web-based evaluation mini-presentation. The DHDSP has developed various resources related to the work of CHWs in heart disease and stroke prevention. Current DHDSP resources include published articles, trainings, policy assessments, and translation and implementation products. These resources are housed within the CHW Toolkit and within the publications sections of the DHDSP website. No need to register, simply join via this link. Audio information: Toll free number: 1-(855)-644-0229, Conference ID: 4937505#

1305 Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative (EEC)
Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Sponsored by the CVH Team at NACDD

EEC is a peer-led group of epidemiologists and evaluators who come together each month to work smarter and more effectively with 1305 and 1422 epidemiology, surveillance, evaluation and performance measures. States share what they are doing, resources, and questions and provide feedback to CDC. The group is led by Rachael Austin (NY), Liz Gebhart (NE), Paul Meddaugh (VT), and Brittany Brown (UT). The August meeting will address the 1305 evaluation plan and report. Come see what we are all about! Call-in information: 1-866-707-1092, passcode 4581813#. To be added to the EEC distribution list and membership roster, please email MaryCatherine Jones at

Translating Program Sustainability Assessment Tool (PSAT) Results into an Actionable Plan
Thursday, August, 18, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Sponsored by CDC
The final part of this three-part webinar series will explain the process of interpreting your PSAT results and translating those results into an actionable sustainability plan. This webinar will provide you with tips, strategies, and resources for implementing an actionable sustainability plan. Presenter is Molly Hastings, Program Sustainability Project Coordinator, Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Please register here.

If you missed the first and second webinars please listen to the webinars prior before August 18th because this webinar builds on the information presented in the other webinars. Visit NACDD’s Webinar Library and Conference Call Resource and click on the links for the Introduction to Program Sustainability and Assessing Sustainability Capacity Using the Program Sustainability Assessment Tool (PSAT) and view the webinars.

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 “Evaluation Peer Learning Community (EPLC) - HS/CCL" group
Virginia's survey instrument to assess medication therapy management

On the Thursday, July 21st call, Virginia shared their survey instrument for pharmacists. Click here for the survey.

For questions about the EPLC-HS/CCL, send an email to

From CDC 1305 & 1422 Team

1305/1422 Grantee Meeting Registration, November 30 – December 2, 2016, Atlanta, GA
This event is for the primary recipients of the 1305 and 1422 cooperative agreements. It is not open to 1422 sub-awardees. Please use the table below to determine which staff will be attending from your agency or organization.

GRANTEE TYPE Program staff or contractors of the primary awardee focused on Domains 2, 3, and 4 are invited to attend.
1305 Grantee 5 Maximum. Suggested attendees:
• 1 Principal Investigator
• 3 Program Staff
• 1 Evaluator
1422 Grantee 3 Maximum. Suggested attendees:
• 1 Principal Investigator or Program Manager
• 2 Program Staff

All attendees must register online no later than Monday, October 31, 11:59 p.m. ET. Please register here.

New BRFSS Widget Available

A new data widget is now available and provides an easy-to-use online platform for viewing Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. The widget was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Community Health and Division of Population Health using BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Data. The widget allows users to explore state- and national-level data for cholesterol, diabetes, heart attack, high blood pressure, fruits and vegetables, overweight and obesity, physical activity, stroke, and tobacco use. The widget is designed so it can be easily added to your website and the websites of your partners.

CMS Awardees for CVD Prevention Interventions
CMS announced 516 awardees in 47 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia participating in the
Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model to help reduce the risks for heart attacks and strokes among millions of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. The health care practitioners will work to decrease cardiovascular disease risk by assessing an individual patient’s risk for heart attack or stroke and providing targeted incentives for health care practitioners applying prevention interventions. This is the first initiative that offers payment for prevention.

New Publication on Adherence for Hypertension Medications

CDC/DHDSP staff, CDRs Matt Ritchey (lead author) and Fleetwood Loustalot, were two of four authors on a paper entitled “Use of Pharmacy Sales Data to Assess Changes in Prescription- and Payment-Related Factors that Promote Adherence to Medications Commonly Used to Treat Hypertension, 2009 and 2014This article identifies clinical and policy interventions to improve adherence for medications commonly used to treat hypertension.

From Million® Hearts

Million Hearts Releases Microsite for Partners to Share Up-to-Date QI Tools with Stakeholders

Million Hearts recently launched the Million Hearts for Clinicians Microsite, a collection of syndicated messages and quality improvement tools that can be easily embedded into any website. The microsite is a cost-free way for organizations to share up-to-date Million Hearts quality improvement tools and resources with stakeholders. The collection includes evidence-based protocols, action guides, undiagnosed hypertension resources, and other quality improvement tools to help clinicians and other health professionals reduce patients' risk for a heart attack or stroke. For more information about how to embed the microsite, visit Getting Started with Syndication and CDC Microsites: Basic Embed Instructions and Troubleshooting Tips. For technical support questions email

New Million Hearts Landing Page for Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure (SMBP)
There is a new landing page on the Million Hearts® website for SMBP that pulls together tools, resources, and success stories. Check it out, and share this information!

From CVH Team at NACDD
Resources for Identifying Undiagnosed Hypertension
To support the Million Hearts focus of identifying people with undiagnosed and untreated hypertension, NACDD and the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention launched a series of learning opportunities in February 2016. Click on the following links for the fireside chat, notes from two virtual roundtables, and an issue brief featuring strategies that state health departments have implemented.

Recording of Fireside Chat on Team-based Approaches to Controlling Hypertension Available
The Fireside Chat on Team-based Approaches to Controlling Hypertension that was held on Tuesday, June 28 recording is now available. If you did not complete a short evaluation, please take a minute to complete one now at this link. Thanks!

Healthcare Delivery, Payment Reform, and Health IT - FYI

Guidance Documents for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Measures in 2017
The Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting Requirements Task Force has posted reference materials for use by Public Health agencies to work with providers planning to register for Stage 3 meaningful use in 2017 (optional year). The Public Health Stage 3 Meaningful Use Measures in 2017 and Reporting Objectives and Measures are available by clicking here.

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