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OTC June 26, 2017
Off the Cuff: Domain 3/Health Systems Updates
Information from state and national partners
Facilitated by the Cardiovascular Health Network of NACDD
Issue 71
June 26, 2017

From Your Colleagues

From Jacqlyn Atkins, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control: Addressing Health Disparity in Hypertension Control success story has been added to the What’s Working Database

After developing cultural competence training for medical providers, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control along with trained team leads, local clinical coordinators, and a physician champion worked with medical practices on engaging their patients in meaningful ways to improve hypertension control. In sixteen practice sites in four counties that implemented practice changes, the average blood pressure control rate increased from 65% to 75% in six months for patients seen at least twice.

From Robin Edelman and Nicole Lukas, Vermont Department of Health: Hypertension Management Toolkit

The Vermont Department of Health and their state partners have developed a Hypertension Management Toolkit. The Toolkit uses Lean Quality Improvement methodology and tools to support the achievement of evidence-based strategies for improving blood pressure control and will be updated as national performance measures, information. and evidence change.

Webinars and Calls Worth Your Time

GIS Network Peer Exchange

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 1-2:00 p.m., EDT

Sponsor: NACDD

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 will feature presentations of maps created by health department staff working with GIS for chronic disease prevention. Presenters will explain how they have used maps to inform policy and program decisions. Maps will address various chronic disease content areas. Click here to register.

Fireside Chat: Addressing Health Systems Change in Hypertension Control
Thursday, June 29, 2017, 2:30-3:30 p.m., EDT
Sponsors: NACDD CVH Team and CDC

This Fireside Chat will focus on addressing health systems change in hypertension control. The session will be moderated by CDC Medical Epidemiologist Sallyann Coleman King, MD, MSC and will feature Anita Christie,
RN MHA CPHQ, director of the Office of Clinical Preventative Services from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Diana Erani, MBA, Health Center Controlled Network director for the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (MLCHC). Click here to register.

If you have any questions you know you would like to ask of the panelists at this point, please email them to Susan Svencer at, and we will ensure they are included in the Fireside Chat.

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 will also have an opportunity to attend one of two follow-up Virtual Roundtables to continue the discussion in a smaller, more informal way. Please mark your calendars and 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.

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. The tool can help establish relationships between public health departments and primary care practices, and provide standards for assessment of evidence-based care management policies and practices. The Scorecard modules include:
  • Health system policies that support use of multi-disciplinary care teams
  • Clinical guidelines
  • Electronic functions for managing patient health and follow-up
  • Clinical decision support;
  • Patient education and self-management
  • Tobacco use cessation
  • Screening for breast, cervical, and/or colorectal cancer
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

Insights from National Organizations for Controlling and Preventing Hypertension

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) engages a network of partner organizations who provide leadership, expertise, and recommendations for elevating heart disease and stroke prevention initiatives among their respective members and constituents. Organizations involved in this network include the Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), and the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (National Forum). In June, ASTHO reached out to these national partners to learn how each organization addresses decision-making, policy opportunities, skill-building for today’s public health workforce. Click here to see the responses from Marti Macchi, NACDD senior director of Programs and the other partner organizations. NACDD also worked with the South Carolina Department of Health and the Environment to develop a blog post about their work to identify health disparities in hypertension control and scale up blood pressure control activities in clinical practices.

Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative Directory

Find contact information for 1305/1422 epidemiologists and evaluators who are willing to be resources for others! Check out the Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative (EEC) Directory. Want to be added to the directory? Add your information here.

Seeking Creative Evaluation Reports and Presenters
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,

From NACDD Diabetes and CVH Teams
Become a Peer-to-Peer Guide!

The CVH Network and Diabetes Council are recruiting guides to participate in the next cohort of the Peg Adams Peer-to-Peer Program, which will begin September 2017. The mission of the Program is to provide support, encouragement, and orientation to new Diabetes and CVH state staff. The program will be from September 2017 to June 2018. The level of engagement may vary, however, we anticipate this to be at least a two-to-three hour/month commitment.

We highly encourage all state staff, including epidemiologists and evaluators, with three or more years experience to consider serving as a guide. If you are interested in the opportunity to connect with a peer, please fill out the 2017-2018 Peg Adams Peer to Peer Program Participation Form: Guides by July 17, 2017. If you have any questions, please email Tiffany Pertillar at

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