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OTC January 16, 2017
Off the Cuff: Domain 3/Health Systems Updates
Information from state and national partners
Facilitated by the Cardiovascular Health Network of NACDD
Issue 48
January 16, 2017

Webinars & Calls Worth Your Time


1305/1422 Epidemiology and Surveillance Call and GIS Network Call
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Sponsor: CVH Team of NACDD

The topics for this month’s call are effective strategies for data visualization, and the GIS widget for the Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke. Please note the change in venue: We will be using GoToWebinar instead of Adobe Connect for this call. Click here to register for the call.



Working Session on the Health Systems Assessment Tool
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Sponsored by Evaluation Peer Learning Community (EPLC) - HS/CCL group of TTASC | Training and Technical Assistance Support Center for CDC’s NCCDPHP

The EPLC-HS-CCL is intended for 1305 and 1422 staff involved with evaluating activities related to health systems and clinical-community linkages. This community is a forum for sharing evaluation-related experiences, successes, challenges and lessons learned. Calls generally consist of a presentation from an awardee on a specific topic, followed by small group breakout discussions to facilitate sharing of experiences, successes, challenges and lessons learned.

This month’s call will provide an opportunity for community members to provide feedback on the Health Systems Assessment Tool. Active participation is strongly encouraged, and we hope you will take a few moments before the call to review the tool (attached) and consider your responses to the following questions.
Discussion Questions
  • Have you used a similar tool? How does it compare? Are there any learnings we can incorporate?
  • What is missing? What can be improved?
  • How can this tool be used to help you complete your 1305 work?
  • Is there a need to incorporate a section documenting payers like Medicare or Medicaid or groups like ACOs or MCOs?
  • What is the feasibility and potential modes of gathering data to complete the tool? What are the pros and cons? (for example: using partners’ knowledge vs. internet search vs. survey)
  • Do you have suggestions for refining the definition for what should be counted as a health system?
  • What would be the most ideal format for the tool (e.g. excel, access database with pivot tables, online)?
  • How can CDC build on the tool to be able to also capture data related to other measures, like patient population and measures related to the specific health system strategies (e.g., use of EHR, QI)?
Presenters are Joanna Elmi, Health Scientist, CDC Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and Carrie Hornbeck, Epidemiologist Investigator III, Ohio Department of Health.

Click here to join the call. After you join the Adobe Connect platform, you will be prompted to select an audio option. If you dial-in to the audio conference via phone, please ensure that you enter your audio pin. If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, you can test your connection here.



Addressing Health Disparities in Hypertension Control Fireside Chat
Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 2:30-3:30 pm ET
Sponsors: NACDD CVH Team and CDC
NACDD, in coordination with CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and Million Hearts®, is continuing the Fireside Chats. Fireside Chats are an interactive format for public health agencies to hear from content experts on a number of issues pertaining to cardiovascular health and 1305/1422 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 the Environment 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.


Click here to register. (This is the correct link! Sorry for the wrong link last issue.)

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.






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