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OTC February 6, 2017
Off the Cuff: Domain 3/Health Systems Updates
Information from state and national partners
Facilitated by the Cardiovascular Health Network of NACDD
Issue 51
February 6, 2017
From Your Colleagues

From Rahel Dawit, Health Systems Epidemiologist/Evaluator, Florida Department of Health
Wanted: Questions for Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Survey

Florida is planning on conducting a survey of all FQHC’s within the state in order to assess their current practices and efforts related to heart disease and diabetes prevention education, treatment and management, and reporting. We are also interested in expanding our assessment to include other chronic disease topics such as tobacco, asthma, etc. We are interested in learning about what’s working well, and what barriers and challenges they are facing in these areas. We want to know if any other states have surveyed their FQHC’s or FQHC look-alikes and would be willing to share their survey questions. Please respond directly to Rahel at

Webinars & Calls Worth Your Time

Addressing Health Disparities in Hypertension Control Fireside Chat
Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 2:30-3:30 pm ET
Sponsors: NACDD CVH Team and CDC

Click here to register.
NACDD, in coordination with CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, is proud to continue the series of Fireside Chats in 2017. Fireside Chats provide an interactive format for state health agencies to hear from content experts on issues pertaining to cardiovascular health and 1305 priority areas

The third fireside chat will be moderated by Dr. Janet Wright, Executive Director of Million Hearts® and will feature Dr. Brent Egan from the Medical University of South Carolina who serves as the Senior Medical Director of the Care Coordination Institute. Dr. Egan currently serves as president for the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks and will share his perspectives on health disparities in hypertension control and share lessons learned, especially around scaling his work with clinics over the last 15 years. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will provide the state perspective on work related to disparities and hypertension and we will joined by Jacqlyn Balis Atkins, Director of the South Carolina Office of Health Equity and Tiffany Mack, Central Office Clinical Coordinator for 1422.

Use Twitter to Participate in the Conversation
Take part in the discussion by live tweeting using #NACDDFiresideChat. For those unfamiliar using Twitter, here are the steps:

Step 1. Sign up for a Tweet Chat account by going to Tweet Chat (
Step 2: Search for #NACDDFiresideChat
Step 3: Follow the conversation and chime in when you¹ve got something to add!
More questions on using Twitter? Please contact Gillan Ritchie,

Fireside Chat Virtual Roundtables
Attendees of the Fireside Chat will also have an opportunity to attend one of two follow-up Virtual Roundtable to continue the discussion in a smaller, more informal way. No need to register, just join us via the links below. The audio for both: 866.707.1092, 4581813#.

Virtual Roundtable 1 – Tuesday, February 14, 3:00 pm ET
Virtual Roundtable 2 – Thursday, February 16, 2:00 pm ET

1305 Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative Monthly Call
Wednesday, February 8, 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Sponsor: NACDD CVH Team

The Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative 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). 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

Engaging Medicaid Patients: Obstacles, Successes and the Impact of Medicaid Waivers
Friday, February 10, 2017, 1:00-2:30 pm ET
Sponsor: National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation

President Trump's nominee to lead CMS is the architect of Indiana’s Medicaid expansion waiver, which includes premiums and health savings accounts packaged as “personal responsibility provisions.” These provisions carry the imperative to engage beneficiaries, helping them understand how their coverage works. This webinar will identify obstacles to engaging Medicaid patients as well as success stories, with an eye on meeting the potential challenges of Medicaid reform.
Speakers will cover the following:
  • The information needs of Medicaid consumers and common communications challenges, such as technology disparities and cultural barriers
  • State and health plan strategies for connecting consumers with critical information and community-based supports
  • Opportunities for the new Administration to encourage state innovation through waivers, and the impact of waivers on coverage and access to care
A draft agenda is available on the NICHM Foundation website. Click here to register.

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 NACDD and CDC
1305/1422 Epidemiology and Surveillance and GIS Network Call: Recording, Presentations, Materials and Infographics at CDC: A Standards Guide now available
The Data Visualization Webinar (January 2017) includes a presentation from CDC's Booker Daniels on how to create effective infographics and a presentation by DHDSP's Linda Schieb introducing the CDC GIS widget for the Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke. All webinar materials as well as general epidemiology & surveillance resources are available on the
1305/1422 Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative webpage including the webinar recording, Booker Daniels' presentation slides Linda Schieb's presentation slides, the Infographics at CDC: A Standards Guide and the Creative Brief template.

From Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at CDC
CDC and Million Hearts Celebrate American Heart Month

Heart disease continues to be the number one killer of Americans, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths. Nearly 1 in 2 Americans has at least one risk factor for heart disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, tobacco use, physical inactivity, poor diet, and family history of the disease. Knowing your family health history, practicing healthy lifestyle habits, and getting regular medical care are key steps to prevention.

For this year’s American Heart Month, CDC and Million Hearts® will focus on empowering young adults in their 20s and 30s to talk with their parents and older family members about heart disease prevention. Messages and materials will urge young adults to encourage loved ones to improve their heart health by making simple, heart-healthy lifestyle changes.

Many of today’s young adults have strong relationships with their parents and older relatives. As many as one-third of young adults are living at home with parents or family members, and many feel that families have a responsibility to take care of older relatives. These values and circumstances provide unique opportunities for young adults to engage parents and family members in conversations about the importance of preventing heart disease and to support healthier lifestyle choices on a day-to-day basis.

Help CDC and Million Hearts® share with young adults the importance of talking to loved ones about heart health throughout February:
  • Share sample tweets and Facebook posts on your social media channels.
  • Tweet and post your own tips for talking to loved ones about heart health by using #HeartToHeart.
  • Promote the What’s Your Communication Style? quiz
  • In February and beyond, continue to encourage and remind your loved ones to practice healthy living habits to lower their risk for heart disease.
Click here for links to this month's and past Million Hearts® monthly messages and materials.
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