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OTC July 2, 2017
Off the Cuff: Domain 3/Health Systems Updates
Information from state and national partners
Facilitated by the Cardiovascular Health Network of NACDD
Issue 72
July 3, 2017

From Your Colleagues

From Janice Gray, Alaska Department of Public Health
Quality Improvement Coaching to Improve Blood Pressure Control in Alaska success story has been added to the What’s Working Database.

The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services/Division of Public Health is partnering with the Alaska Primary Care Association on a quality improvement project in FQHCs which serve a large population of Alaska Natives. Using the quality improvement processes based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Model for Improvement, quality improvement teams travel to community health centers to provide training, facilitation, and coaching for health care providers, clinic staff, and administrators on how to improve the care of patients with high blood pressure. Clinics made system changes which affected 3,635 adult patients with hypertension. Initial evaluation results show that clinics improved their percentage of patients with adequately controlled blood pressure between 2.6 to 37.6 percentage points.

Webinars and Calls Worth Your Time

Fireside Chat Virtual Roundtables
Thursday, July 6, 2017, 2-3:00 p.m., EDT
Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 3-4:00 p.m., EDT
Sponsor: NACDD CVH Team

Attendees of the Fireside Chat have an opportunity to attend one of two follow-up Virtual Roundtables to continue the discussion in a smaller, more informal way. Please register for the session that works best for you.

Virtual Roundtable 1: Thursday, July 6, 2017, 2-3:00 p.m., EDT, click here to register.
Virtual Roundtable 2: Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 3-4:00 p.m., EDT, click here to register.

Development of Performance Measures
Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 2:30–2:50 p.m., EDT
Sponsor: CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

This presentation will describe what comprises a strong performance measure. John Whitehill, MPH and Julia Jordan, MPH will detail the core components of the performance measure that include the expected measurement calculation, potential data sources, key term definitions, and units of analysis. It will also highlight approaches to operationalizing performance measures from conception to implementation, with special emphasis on utilizing subject matter expert input. In addition, the session will address how to overcome common challenges in collecting, reporting, or analyzing performance measures. The audience members will be able to apply the information provided to performance measure development in their local evaluations. No need to register, simply join this event by clicking here. Audio information: Toll free number: (855) 348-8390; Conference ID: 74215616

Past presentations are available at the CDC's Coffee Breaks archive.

Introduction to the CDC Health Systems Scorecard Quality Improvement Assessment Tool
Monday, July 17, 2017, 3-4:00 p.m., EDT

Sponsors: CDC and NACDD CVH Team

Using a scorecard approach, CDC developed a voluntary quality improvement assessment tool called the Health Systems Scorecard to help CDC-funded state and local public health programs better understand the implementation of evidence-based strategies to manage chronic diseases among partnering primary care practices.
Presenters will provide an orientation and demonstration of the electronic tool and its primary components, describe how to set up an account, discuss approaches to inviting health systems to participate, and the benefits of implementing the Scorecard. Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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

Seeking Creative Evaluation Reports and Presentations
Have your chronic disease evaluation findings made a difference in policy or program planning? Have you developed some creative infographics or social media posts related to program impact? We are looking for fresh, exciting ways of communicating evaluation findings that we can share as part of our Compelling Evaluation Reports and Presentations workshop at this year’s Chronic Disease Academy in September. Please send any examples to MaryCatherine Jones,

Recording of
GIS Network Peer Exchange from June, 2017 Available
The Chronic Disease GIS Network, sponsored by the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) in collaboration with NACDD, facilitates networking among health department staff and with CDC regarding the use of GIS to address chronic disease surveillance, prevention, and management. This webinar featured presentations of maps created by health department staff working with GIS for chronic disease prevention. Presenters from Minnesota, Mississippi and Montana explained how they have used maps to inform policy and program decisions. Maps addressed the State Health Improvement Project (MN), cancer screening (MS), and diabetes prevention (MT).

From CDC, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
A Letter from the Director

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

After almost 25 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, I have decided it is time for me to move on to the next great adventure. It is with some mixed emotions that I announce I have accepted a position as the new Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This transition will allow me to play a more active role in developing the next generation of public health practitioners. l start in my new position in September.

I have had the privilege of leading three Divisions at CDC, the Division of Adult and Community Health, the Division of Population Health, and the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, and have only succeeded in these roles because of an incredibly passionate, dedicated, and highly skilled staff – the best public health workforce our nation has to offer!! I am so proud of what we have collectively been able to accomplish over the last 25 years, from the pioneering work of the ACE study, sleep and health, and new national challenges such as Alzheimer’s Disease, to the creation of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and the Division of Community Health. Our work to continue to innovate within the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the Prevention Research Centers program, School Health, Workplace Health, Healthy Aging and providing tools and resources to state and local health departments to prevent and control cardiovascular disease has served a broad range of partners across our nation who rely on the important work of CDC as they work towards promoting and protecting health across the lifespan. In addition, collectively we launched the REACH program, Steps to a Healthier US, Strategic Alliances for Health, ACHIEVE, Communities Putting Prevention to Work, and the Community Transformation Grant program. Most recently in collaboration with RWJF and the CDC Foundation we launched of the 500 Cities Project. Through our work we have strengthened partnerships with our colleagues in states and local communities, national organizations and academic institutions. We have scaled our evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs to all 50 states and numerous local communities reaching millions.

It has been a great joy to work with you and I am sure we will have other opportunities to work together in the future to continue to advance the shared work of improving the health and quality of life of the Nation.

My last day at CDC will be on 7/31 and I am committed to working with Ursula on a smooth leadership transition for the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. I encourage everyone to remember that what makes CDC so amazing is its outstanding staff. Please use my personal email account ( if you want to reach me directly after 7/31.

Warmest Regards,


Wayne H. Giles, MD, MS
Director, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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