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Off the Cuff - December 4, 2017
Off the Cuff: Domain 3/Health Systems Updates
Information from state and national partners
Facilitated by the Cardiovascular Health Network of NACDD
Issue 89
December 4, 2017

From Your Colleagues



From Patrick Wiggins and Augustine Doe, Virginia Department of Health
Virginia Congregations Come Together to Act on Heart Disease and Stroke added to the What’s Working database

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Health Equity launched Virginia’s Congregations for Million Hearts initiative in partnership with the national initiative as a way to engage the membership and leadership of Virginia’s congregations in reducing health disparities related to heart disease and stroke. Virginia congregations hold blood pressure screening events and most of them share the screening results with VDH through a privacy-protected, data collection process. The VDH Chronic Disease Unit created the Virginia Congregations Blood Pressure Ministry Event Planning Guide, providing congregations with practical advice on hosting blood pressure screenings and other aspects of a Million Hearts ministry effort. Read the success story here.

Webinars and Call Worth Your Time


Fireside Chat: The 2017 Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 3 - 4:00 p.m. EST
Sponsors: CDC and NACDD’s CVH Team

This Fireside Chat will feature Brent Egan, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville and Vice President, Research, Care Coordination Institute. It will be moderated by Fleetwood Loustalot, PhD, FNP, Lead, Epidemiology, Surveillance and Health Service Team, CDC. Click here to register.


Find resources here that can help to prepare for this event, including a recording of the TedMed2017 discussion on the 2017 Hypertension Clinical Guidelines.

Grantees and partners are encouraged to join!




Overview of the New Best Practices Guide for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 2:30 – 2:50 p.m. EST
Sponsor: CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

To facilitate the translation of research to practice, CDC developed an easy-to-navigate “Best Practices Guide for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs.” The Best Practices Guide highlights eight effective strategies, backed by research evidence, that fall within two of CDC’s four domains for chronic disease prevention: Health Care System Interventions (domain 3) and Community Programs Linked to Clinical Services (domain 4). This presentation covers the process used to develop the best practices guide and highlights the included strategies. The presenter is Nikki Hawkins, PhD.

No need to register, simply join this event via Lync. Toll free number is 855-348-8390, Conference ID: 74215616



1305 Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative (EEC) Monthly Call
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2 - 3:00 p.m. EST

Sponsor: NACDD CVH Team

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 Liz Gebhart (NE), Paul Meddaugh (VT), and Brittany Brown (UT). Our October discussion will include conversation about what we have learned from our 1305/1422 epidemiology, surveillance, and evaluation efforts. Come see what we are all about! No need to register, just call 1-877-273 4202, room 793-903-441 at the time indicated above. To be added to the EEC distribution list and membership roster, please email MaryCatherine Jones. Click here to learn more about EEC.



Need a Map for a Presentation or Report? Learn How to Create a Map using CDC’s Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2 - 3:00 p.m. EST
Sponsor: TTASC | Training and Technical Assistance Support Center for CDC’s NCCDPHP

You don’t have to be a GIS analyst to create maps that are useful and informative. Using the CDC Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke, this hands-on training will help you learn how to create maps. By introducing you to the tools and features of the Interactive Atlas, and guiding you through the process of creating two maps that address real world scenarios for using chronic disease maps in health department settings.
Presenters are Sharon Murphy, Public Health GIS Analyst, and Linda Schieb, Epidemiologist, both from CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

Click here to register. 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.

If you have any questions, please contact TTASC@icf.com.


News and Resources from CDC, NACDD and National Partners

From Million Hearts® and CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Audio clips on topics for Million Heart 2022 strategies

Audio clips, drafted by DHDSP with divisions at the National Center for Chronic Disease and Health Prevention feature streamlined messages from CDC subject matter experts about Million Heart
® 2022 strategies on the following topics:
Please share these links with your Million Hearts partners.


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