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OTC June 6, 2016
Off the Cuff: Domain 3/Health Systems Updates
Information from state and national partners
Facilitated by the Cardiovascular Health Network of NACDD
Issue 24
June 6, 2016

Webinars & Calls Worth Your Time

1305 Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative (EEC)
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 2:00 – 3:00pm ET
Sponsored by the CVH Team at NACDD

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 Rachael Austin (NY), Liz Gebhart (NE), Paul Meddaugh (VT), and Brittany Brown (UT). The June meeting will address the 1305 evaluation plan and topics related to 1422 community selection and data collection. 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

Connecting Public Health and the Food Industry: Reducing Sodium in Partnership with Food Service Vendors
Wednesday, June 8, 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Sponsored by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Network of Public Health Institutes, Culinary Institute of America and Dialogue4Health
This Web Forum will feature representatives from the food industry sharing success stories and subject matter expertise for public health audiences working with the food industry to reduce sodium. It will also include presentations from public health practitioners who will share lessons learned and real-life examples from their work with food industry partners to create change in multiple settings ranging from hospitals/health care facilities, independent restaurants, and cafeterias located on government worksites.
Click here to register.

This series is a continuation of the “Connecting Public Health and Food Service Providers” Web Forum series, a collaboration of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Network of Public Health Institutes, Culinary Institute of America and Dialogue4Health. Presentations and recordings from the other Web Forums in the series are available on our
web site.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hypertension—Beginning the Conversation
Thursday, June 9, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Sponsored by the American Heart / American Stroke Association
African Americans are significantly more likely than whites to be diagnosed with hypertension yet are significantly less likely to achieve blood pressure goals despite equal or even higher levels of treatment. Medication adherence, economic issues, patient/physician communication, and differences in antihypertensive efficacy in blacks all contribute to these disparities.
Click here to register.

Health Payer 101 Webinar Series: The Basics - Part 2

Thursday, June 9, 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET
Sponsored by NACDD and the Program Development and Services Branch at CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
This webinar is the second in a series of four that will provide fundamental knowledge of the current health payer landscape, various payer models, contracting processes, and how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is influencing payment models and delivery systems. The Basics, Part 2 will cover:

  • Insurance: employer, individual, Medicaid and Medicare
  • Reimbursement Models: Fee-for-Service, Bundled Payment
  • Incentives: Pay-for-Performance (P4P) and Shared Savings

The presenter is Jennifer Nolty, Director, Innovative Primary Care, National Association of Community Health Centers. If you haven't registered for all these webinars, please click here. The slides and recording from the May 19th webinar can be found on the NACDD website here.

Undiagnosed Hypertension in the Safety Net
Tuesday, June 14, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
Sponsored by National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
NACHC invites you and your health center partners to join Dr. Mike Rakotz from the American Medical Association and Dr. Jim Schultz from Neighborhood Healthcare (he spoke recently on the Fireside Chat) to learn cutting edge interventions designed to address undiagnosed hypertension and get the latest information on national guidelines, out-of-office measurement, and new tools and resources.
To register, please click here.

Fireside Chat on Team-based Approach to Controlling Hypertension
Tuesday, June 28, 3:00-4:00 pm ET
Sponsored by CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and Million Hearts®, and the CVH Team of NACDD

NACDD, in coordination with CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and Million Hearts®, is proud to continue the series of Fireside Chats in 2016. Fireside Chats provide a new, interactive format for state health agencies to hear from content experts on a number of issues pertaining to cardiovascular health and 1305 priority areas. We will host the 2nd Fireside Chat focused on team-based approaches to controlling hypertension. To register for the Fireside Chat, click here.

Speakers include:

  • Janet Wright, MD FACC, Executive Director, Million Hearts®
  • Mehul Dalal, MD MSc MHS, Chronic Disease Director, Connecticut Department of Public Health
  • Bruce Gould, MD FACP, Director, Connecticut Area Health Education Center, Medical Director, Hartford Department of Health and Human Services

Objectives for the Fireside Chat
  • Increase knowledge of state health department staff on evidence-based team-based approaches to controlling hypertension.
  • Increase knowledge of a state health department role in promoting team-based care to healthcare partners.
  • Increase knowledge of steps that a health system can use to integrate team-based care into clinical decision support systems to improve quality of care and enhance health outcomes.

For more information, visit the NACDD Cardiovascular Health pages.

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#.

VR1 – Monday, July 11, 2p ET
VR2 – Thursday, July 14, 2p ET

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 CDC - Websites worth Bookmarking or adding to Your Favorites
In case you don't already have these websites on your computer, here are the links to the CDC Divisions for your work in Domain 3:
The Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention or and The Division for Diabetes Translation or .

Healthcare Delivery, Payment Reform, and Health IT

The learning curve is quite steep for states to understand the health system reforms taking place and, though there is a wealth of information available on the internet, states continue to request assistance both in understanding the basics of these reforms and what they mean for public health practice. NACDD and other organizations are working closely with CDC to identify and develop learning opportunities that can meet the states’ needs. Off the Cuff will begin to highlight resources we find particularly helpful for states in understanding the landscape of both healthcare delivery reform, health payment reform and health IT.

The Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform is a national policy center that facilitates improvements in healthcare payment and delivery systems. Their website includes a number of resources that may help provide an overview of healthcare reform. Of note:

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